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Blog Archive for wwake during October 2006

Keynote: Spontaneous Brilliance, by Kat Koppett Kat described aspects of improv, and how it can be used to create an environment where brilliance emerges. The first rule - celebrating failure. "Exercise the courage muscle - our willingness to be creative and take risks. We don't do it by creating a safe environment, we do it by creating an incredibly risky environment." "Celebrate failure and...
I know I said "day 3 of 4", but I actually need to add a couple more things about day 2. In addition to his keynote speech, Bernie DeKoven was recognized for his contributions with the Ifill-Reynolds Award, which NASAGA bestows on someone each year. In the evening activity of day 2, I joined the group playing STARPOWER, a simulation by Garry Shirts. This game has you split into three groups and...
NASAGA conference Keynote: From Flint to Fireworks, by Dave Chalk Dave Chalk described his own learning disabilities, and yet he became Air Canada's youngest pilot. "Passion comes from pain." "Adults today believe they can't learn." "Today, apprenticeship is far too costly" but simulation is a cost-effective substitute. People complain about rote learning, but we're willing to do it in games....
NASAGA - the North American Simulation and Games Association - is a group consisting mostly of trainers and facilitators who use games and simulations in their training. They're having their conference in Vancouver BC this week - and it's lovely here. (The only problem is - the conference has been so busy I've only been outside 2 hours.) A lot of the fun at a conference is reviving old...