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Saturday, June 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
“More than a Table, Six Chairs, and a Bottle”: The Great Game of Power as a Tool for Social Analysis LIMITED

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Program Description: This workshop will explore the Great Game of Power as outlined in Games for Actors and Non-Actors and how it can be used within a longer process  to identify key issues of power.  

Abstract: This workshop will explore the Great Game of Power which is outlined in Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors. Boal places this game in the section “The invention of space and the spatial structures of power” so I have found it appropriate as a tool for social analysis and understanding of how power and structures of power work. I have used this activity both for analyzing global power structures but also in particular occupations like student teachers, youth workers, and organizational development consultants. I also have found it provided a good link to “Stand by the Character” whereby in the final steps of the activity, participants stand behind the part of the power structure that they can identify with. I then link this activity to “Image of the Ideal” as well as “Your Wildest Dream” (developed by David Diamond of Theatre for Living) whereby characters/participants discuss in their character/participant groups what next steps can be taken by them in addressing or transforming the power structure. We will both explore this activity and its further potential (or how workshop participants have used it) but also use it as an example for how a simple TO/PO activity can be used within a longer workshop or process to identify key issues of power and to imagine what other activities/.games could enhance its effect. 

Challenging Questions
1. How might an activity such as this be used to enhance understandings of power at both the individual and systemic levels?
2. How would an activity such as this be adapted and/or transformed for particular contexts or goals?
3. What can we learn from this one activity in terms of how we choose activities as part of a longer workshop or organizing process of social analysis and action? 


Warren Linds

Associate Professor, Concordia University
Been doing this work for over 30 years. Attended multiple PTO conferences. Primary work has been with Indigenous youth in Western Canada, as well as incorporating the work into critical creative pedagogical practice in my teaching and facilitating. 

Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA