The same day I interviewed interactive games expert for families (one label for this multi-talented woman), Kris Bordessa I gathered several unsuspecting friends to play the paper clips game she described to me. Among them were a cabinet maker, psychologist and angel investor. Frankly I was surprised at who most helped their team win, who had the funniest color commentary and who froze. That game and two more we played sparked one of the most lively and open conversations I’ve had in a long time.
Kris spent several years as a volunteer parent in her local 4-H and a team manager for Destination Imagination. In DM teens and tweens are teamed up to work all school year on one “problem.” Kris was inspired by the power of highly interactive games and projects to instill in youth qualities such as trustworthiness, resourcefulness and cooperation. Her children said Destination Imagination was the best experience of their school year.
In her book Team Challenges, you can find dozens of games that take “ten minutes or less” and involve objects you usually have handy like rubberbands, pasta and toothpicks. After reading the book I can see why other adults, if they let their hair down, might step way from their computer, put down the mobile and turn off the TV to and play a few. Or try them at a conference or family reunion. Like Pecha Kucha, these activities generate fast, fun ways to learn from and with each other.