Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers (review)

If you’re often running meetings, trying to get people to help make decisions, think out-of-the-box, consider options, then this is a book for you.

The premise of the book is pretty simple: when we play games we let loose and can come up with more/better ideas and options.  If you’ve run a brainstorming session you know this, as brainstorming is a kind of game. There are three parts to a well organized session:

  • Opening
  • Exploring
  • Closing

Sometimes there are multiple occurrences of each depending on the number of things to work on and the way the team works together.

The bulk of this book is a set of meeting ‘games,’ for example “Context Map.” Each ‘game’ has:

  • Object of play
  • Number of players
  • How to Play
  • Strategy

There are too many games to count easily.

I’m glad I have this book – the next time I need to get people together to work on strategy I’ll grab this book and consider ways to get everyone involved.

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