With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.
Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:
Diane Donovan of Midwest Books says of Dada Maheshvarananda's Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World (www.cooperativegamesworld.com):
Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World: Facilitating Trust, Communication, and Spiritual Connection belongs in the collection of any educator or leader working with youth because it offers an approach quite different than that of competition-oriented team-building: instead, it advocates activities based on cooperative processes.
Play is key to human mental health and happiness; but its current incarnations emphasize competition, winners, and losers. Cooperative play keeps the healthy concepts and adds healthier values to the mix with opportunities for learning tools that can build better cooperative habits for future business and interpersonal applications.
Chapters discuss various ways of changing games and survey special challenges, such as how group size influences opportunities for sharing and friendship, how to build a better understanding of how money and economic concerns affect preferences in entertainment and participatory choices, and how to use yogic routines, such as deep breathing, to understand the basics of changing breathing to influence thinking.
Facilitation tips for each exercise encourage leaders to participate, as well, and offer important guidelines for understanding how to best guide cooperative games so that participants learn the most from them.
From the initial overview of each game's concept and themes to its organization, templates, instructions, and keys to adding relaxation techniques and discussions that cement the learning experience, this collection leaves nothing to wonder about. It is a 'must' for leaders working with youth, who would change the competition-oriented structure of team-building to a cooperative effort that incorporates a better understanding of physical and mental techniques to build better participation.