Are people afraid of play?

Yesterday, I received a question about the use of the words “play” and “playfulness”, which reminds me of some concerns I’ve been struggling with myself: I was wondering if you have any (bad) experience in using the word play and...
Playful, global citizens

Playful, global citizens

I’ve talked about it before, but this time I’ve actually done something about it: I’ve sent an application for a PhD-project at Aarhus University. Now I’ll just have to wait for a couple of months before I get the verdict. If it doesn’t...

Learning/Working/Living a Playful Life

I’ve always tried my best to share my work, ideas and thoughts. It’s a combination of trying to live up to all my talk about transparency and sharing; of having the audacity to think some of it might actually be relevant and of appreciating how much I...

Get great games into schools

I’ve repeatedly said that games are not going to save neither the world nor education. This doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t think games can be very relevant and valuable in schools. They most certainly can. It only means that they shouldn’t...

Principles, values, purpose

I’ve been self-employed since 2008, and that has been tied to a more or less permanent condition of confusion. I embrace that confusion, as the world is generally a confusing place, and I try to make the most of it by constantly asking questions: What am I doing, why...

Anything is possible

I’m stubbornly idealistic with a pinch of naivety. Surprisingly enough (at least to me), the older I get, the more I insist on pushing this to the forefront. When I was younger, I would tend to hide it away in some misguided attempt to be as society seemingly...
Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Many people lament the current state of the games being developed: “There’s too many games, that are not really games.” “Games are too easy today.” To me, none of this is a problem. It simply goes to show that there’s an increasing...
A lack of continuity?

A lack of continuity?

The first edition of CounterPlay is over, and while there’s definitely lots to change & improve, I’m generally extremely happy about the way it turned out (read more about it here). Now it feels like I’m in a big hole. After #CounterPlay14,...