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Practica: Arranged!

Arranged! – The Arranged Marriage Board Game, created by Nashra Balagamwala     Last Friday the post brought us our eagerly awaited copy of the marriage game Arranged!, giving us the opportunity to try it out over the weekend. The first (cultural?) surprise was that the package from Pakistan containing the game was made of sewed-on cloth, something I had not seen since my childhood. When our team (4 different countries represented) sat down to play Arranged!, roles were distributed: Teresa became the “Rishta Aunty” (i.e., the matchmaker), while Victor, Kati and myself were the eligible girls seeking to avoid Aunty's clutches and to...

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Pedagogica: Games help us both tell our stories & create them

launchora.com     This past week I had a delightful chat about gamification and storytelling with Lakshya Datta, who is the founder and CEO of Launchora, a community of storytellers. Lakshya's aim is to give young people a platform for their creativity – a community that is positive, inclusive, nonjudgmental, supportive, and collaborative. My main point in the interview is that gaming can be a safe space to both share our stories and create new ones. A case in point. As many of you know we are well into our third year of creating pro bono diversophy® games which bring together local residents...

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Poetica: Suffocation by iffycation

Have you noticed now how many folks are iffy? Makes me iffy too!   When you say to me, "Maybe, maybe, and maybe," I hear, "Maybe not".   If's a stranglehold, a kind of suffocation. You're smothering me.   Tell me "yes" or "no" and I'll stop holding my breath. Let me breathe fresh air!

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Politica: The new gender demographics

Demographic survey question     During the past year, I had the privilege of collaborating with team of students at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon to re-create a diversophy® game on the topic of Gender and Sexual Identity.Given my ongoing interest in gender issues, and particularly in men's rights, I discovered that there was a lot to learn. Despite the updating I got in the project, I felt like a freshly minted recruit when I saw embedded in a colleague's survey (pictured in the title) the demographic query, "Do you consider yourself Male/Female". Once I saw it, my mind automatically...

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Politica: Not so proud anniversaries...

I remember Archie Bunker yelling to passengers in an elevator, "Stop speaking Spick!" Today you might get shot for sounding or looking foreign! But, it ain't new folks!!! Well, let's celebrate with a touch of naughtiness reminiscent of another nationalistic context!

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