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Radical Plays: change up your workshops with new types of games designed by futurists and activists

Viv McWaters - Creative Facilitation and Beyond the Edge

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at 9:30 am - Thursday, 25 July 2019 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

Radical Plays: change up your workshops with new types...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee GST Quantity
Group (3 or more on the same booking)   more info Not Started $720.00 $0.00 $72.00
Individual Not Started $920.00 $0.00 $92.00
Early Bird Group (3 or more people on the same booking)   more info 31/05/2019 $520.00 $0.00 $52.00
Early Bird Individual   more info 31/05/2019 $720.00 $0.00 $72.00

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Event Details

This is a two-day workshop on using game design (and play) to tackle organisation and community challenges.

This workshop is very hands-on – a combination of playing different types of games and discussing with peers how to adapt them to different challenges. You will walk away with new activities, resources and a summary of all the games in the workshop.

In a world that won't stand still and where conventional approaches are not enough, games are one interactive zone where there have been fresh creative approaches. We believe there is a lot to be learned from this new wave of games which:

- open up new routes to experience rather than just talk about complexity
- people collaborate in new ways
- democratises futures

We also have a set of applied games inspired by these which have been developed by futurists, climate change scientists, and community workers who show how these approaches can be used by organisations and in the community.

“Games are about developing empathy, generating systems thinking, and helping us figure out the future.” 
Colleen Macklin, associate professor of Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design and maker of Metagame, a card game designed to spark fresh discussion on pressing social issues.

Who should attend?

Anyone grappling with complex and difficult issues, whether that be in day-to-day work, when preparing a presentation or conference workshop, when inviting ideas from others, and when comparing options. You might be involved in facilitating workshops, or offering training, doing community engagement activities, teaching, lecturing, creating policy or working in a team.

What do you cover?

Game framework: We give you an academic framework developed by a game designer. We think it works even better for facilitators.

Game components: We take the best and most relevant new games for facilitators. You play and break down how they work.

Game experience: You will experience a lot of different games, helping you understand what works and why.

Applied games: The best games designed by futurists, climate change activists and an award winning participatory game Viv helped design.

Game variations: How to adapt games for the contexts in which you work. We give you the skills and tips on how to tweak games.

What can we learn from games?

Research from the fields of creativity, innovation and strategy tells us to evolve our practice we need to continue to be inspired and learn from other fields. We believe we can learn how to bring even the most difficult topics alive, develop a shared language for complex issues, and learn how to tap the aliveness just under the surface.

Games have always been used to tackle the most challenging issues alive in a society, whether it’s ethics or unaffordable housing. Games are increasingly used in futures work because they are visceral, interactive and they enable people to work with complex systems. While boardgames can be loaded with information, game designers look to make it as easy as possible for their players to get started.

The shift to cross-functional, creative collaboration requires new skills and practices. Games are a space where groups can work better together in a different way than they have learned to do in typical meetings.

“We need to produce people who know how to act when they are faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared.”
Seymour Papert


Your hosts - we play well together!

Viv McWaters, Australia: I once wanted to be an astronomical photographer but settled for agricultural journalist, which caused quite a hoo-ha as women weren’t supposed to go to agricultural college. Rules weren’t going to stop me (I had the rules changed). Now there’s a clue about how I still approach life! I’ve worked as a journalist, and in communications, and community education, training and strategy development. Now I specialise in facilitation and draw on my background in the natural sciences and arts. Improvisation is a constant source of inspiration, as is nature, play and the surprising things that people say and do. I have worked in over 35 different countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, which has helped fuel my passion for bird watching and street art.

Lee Ryan, New Zealand: I was in a small hall by the seaside doing improv for the first time in a decade with 12 other people when I realized that where you really build your muscles for innovation is in improvisation. At the time I was leading an innovation practice across 33 countries for a multinational organization but so much of our training was grounded in a process. Now I work as a Design Coach with teams across New Zealand, Australia, Jakarta and China; teach business executives at our largest university and every now and then help to host industry conferences. I continue to be fascinated by the power of games, Lego and the quality of conversation accompanied by a NZ Pinot.

The Small Print

GST of 10% is added to your registration fee.

Cost includes refreshments and lunch on both days.

We understand that sometimes plans change. If you find you need to cancel, we'll be sorry and will reimburse your registration fee less a 20% handling charge. We can't accept cancellations after May 17, 2019. Substitutions are okay.








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When & Where

The Larwill Studio
48 Flemington Road
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at 9:30 am - Thursday, 25 July 2019 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

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Viv McWaters - Creative Facilitation and Beyond the Edge

Bringing meetings to life. Connecting people and ideas.

Director and owner of Beyond the Edge, and co-founder of Creative Facilitation, Viv McWaters, creates events that enable people to connect in more human ways.

Working with colleagues across the globe, she does event design, facilitation and training with an edge and a particular emphasis on creativity, spontaneity and responsiveness.

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