Posted by: drewdice | April 5, 2010

What Calvinball can teach us about learning and performance

One of my all time favorite comic strips is Calvin and Hobbes. If you are not familiar with this classic, you owe it to yourself to get immersed in the world of Bill Watterson and his imaginative 5 year old Calvin.

As I think about how people learn and compare it to how education systems and organizations “teach”, it would seem that we can learn a TON from Calvin and his tiger, Hobbes. They createdCalvinball, the most unstructured game one could imagine, and some of the “rules” include:

“You may not play the Calvinball the same way twice” (permanent rule), and “Any player may declare a new rule at any point during the game. The player may do this audibly or silently”

With this type of “unstructured” structure, can you imagine the levels of creativity, fluid thinking, engagement and passion one must have to “win” in Calvinball?

I wonder what our children and our businesses might be able to accomplish by embracing this much more informal learning and performance strategy? (Recent research shows that almost 70% of learning in the workplace happens informally…..)

Would love to hear your thoughts!

Game on…….

Andrew

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