A lot of games are competitive. They develop a different set of skills. We use cooperative games to focus on collaboration and communication skills. Navigating effective communication and collaboration can be tricky. The skills used in role-playing games and cooperative board games can transfer into our day-to-day relationships and help us build the connection we most deeply want.
Have you ever been taught something about communication or collaboration in a classroom setting and then struggled to use that technique in real life? This happens to a lot of people. Playing cooperative games provides a real situation that requires collaboration skills and effective communication, but it's also a safe activity with little real-world consequences. Plus, research has shown that people learn best when they're having fun!
We build a little more into the small groups than the game itself. In addition to coaching players to be intentional about how they engage and cooperate, we create space for reflection to help participants identify
(1) strengths and challenges with their collaboration skills,
(2) unexpected lessons learned, and
(3) how to translate that awareness into real-life situations.
Basically, we want the experience to be as beneficial as possible, in addition to being fun.
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