POWER AND GAMES
Convenor: Clifford Longino
Recorder: Robiin Rose
Other's Present: About 25 Giraffes
Clifford taught us two games, Controllers and Robots, and Wild Geese, which gave the participants a playful and experiential understanding of the different energies of power over and power with.
Controllers and Robots.
The group divides itself into groups of three and each group decides which on who will be the controller. The other two are the robots. One person (not in a group of three) is the Master Controller and at his or her command of GO, all the robots begin moving forward. The controller can manipulate the robots' direction of movement by touching them on the chest to make them move forward, on the back to have them move backwards, and on the right shoulder to have them move sidestepping to the right, and on the left shoulder to have them sidestep to the left. It is the responsibility of each controller to keep his or her robots safe and sound (from crashing into walls, falling into ponds, and so on). Only when the Master Controller says stop, do all the robots stop. The first set of robots take off on "Go" and after a few minutes of mayhem, the Master Controller stops them and the group of three picks a new person to be controller and they begin again. After a few minutes the robots stop and the last person gets an opportunity to chase after and attempt to control his or her robots. All then gather together and share what it was like to be a Controller and what it was like to be a Robot. A diversity of strategies and experiences were shared.
The entire group forms itself into a large loosely formed triangle and each person makes sure they have enough space to stand with their arms stretched straight out to the side. One person at one point of the triangle begins as the lead goose and moves in a way that the rest of the formation imitates. The person has their back to the rest of the goose triangle as if leading them in flight (we started with basic flapping). After a short period of time (about 10-15 seconds) the lead goose turns to face another corner of the triangle, thus signaling that person to take over the lead. Everyone turns to the new lead goose and imitates whatever movements they make. After several seconds, that goose turns to the last corner and a new lead goose takes over. Then the process is repeated, starting at the original point of the triangle, with a new person/goose moving to replace the former lead and so on until everyone in the formation has had a chance to lead the wild geese. All gather and share their experiences and compare the difference between being a robot/controller and a wild goose.