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Monday
May142012

Upcoming Seminars on How to Take your Passion for Gaming to Work

One of the comments that I hear frequently is that people say that I am lucky in order to play games at work.

 Anyone with a passion for games can find ways to bring that passion into their workplace or to work as a consultant to help other organizations use games.

I am working with Greg Koeser to do two upcoming seminars on this topic.  Both Greg and I have found various ways to use our knowledge and passion of gaming in the workplace, and we want to empower you to do the same.  Here's a short video I made talking about these seminars:

More details: 

The first seminar is at the Origins Game Fair, in Columbus, Ohio, on May 31st from 10AM-Noon in room C213.  The cost for the event is $2 on top of your Origins registration.   This seminar will be an overview of the topic, with time for questions and brainstorming about your situation.  More information about Origins can be found at http://www.originsgames.com/Home/tabid/2737/Default.aspx

 

The second seminar is more in-depth, as part of the NASAGA conference (North American Simulation and Gaming Assocations).  This is one of my favorite conferences, as it focuses on how to use games in training and teaching.  You explore this through experiential learning, where you try out a variety of learning experiences and then reflect on how you can take those ideas back home.  This conference has influenced my work significantly since I started attending.  

This year's conference is also in Columbus, Ohio, from Nov. 7-10. We will be doing a pre-conference workshop on November 7th, 2012 targeted toward hobby gamers who would like to learn how to take their gaming knowledge and use it in their own workplace or as a consultant.   This will be a much more in-depth workshop with considerable hands-on experiences.   More information about this conference is at http://www.nasaga.org/page/conference-2012

 

 

Friday
May042012

Sabbatical Blog for 5/4

In this episode, I talk about a Junkyard event I ran at the MIT museum as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, then have some video from MIT's Holi celebration

 

 

Friday
Apr272012

MIT Sabbatical Blog for 4/27

Saturday
Apr212012

Sabbatical Blog for 4/21

Thursday
Apr122012

Why Face Painting?

 

One of the questions I get while doing my Face Painting for Grownups is “How did you get into Face Painting?”

My reply is that it was a result of my mid-life crisis.

After I hit 40, I thought about what in life I had always wanted to do, but hadn’t yet done.  One of those things is to become a clown.  So, I searched around, and found a clown convention in January that I could attend.  I saw they had preconferences on Face Painting and Balloon Twisting, and I wanted to do both.

So, I looked around to see if there were other ways to learn either one,  and I came across the East Coast Face Painting Convention (http://www.chitchattheclown.com/Convention.html)  a week before, so I decided to attend that.  There were a number of workshops and 101 classes, so it seemed like a good place to get started.

I went and I really enjoyed it.  There was one session on Painting for Bars and Nightclubs that really changed my life, as it opened my eyes to doing face and body painting on adults.  This was different than working on kids, as you work on designs and matching an individual instead of having a set board and painting Spiderman and Butterflies all day.   I then focused my course selection on things appropriate for adults, and really enjoyed working on Tribal designs.

I find that Face Painting is a great Play activity.  It helps grownups find a path back into the world of make-believe, where they get to be someone that they normally aren't.  When I finish a design, I see an immediate transformation in someone, and that's really exciting to be the one empowering that.

So, I then started practicing a lot and taking opportunities to paint for student events at MIT, and worked on putting together a business side for my work.  That’s where I am now – honing my craft and figuring out my next steps.  If you have an event targeting teens or grownups that you'd like me to come out for, let me know!

One of the students last night laughed at the end of this story, commenting that “Most people get a motorcycle for their mid-life crisis.”  I replied..  “Yeah, I learned face painting and bought property at Disneyworld!”

I guess I spent my first 40 years in life trying to act 55, and now I’ll spent the next 40 years trying to act 12.  Why?  Because play matters!