Mon 28 Mar 2011
Last week, some of us gathered for a talk about games, mobilizing and activism as part of the e-Campaigning Forum conference in Oxford. The first thing I did as the moderator of the session was ask if anyone knew a game. Luckily a man with a big black beard did.
So we all stood in a circle and spent a while trying to grab each other’s thumbs. Specifically, to play this game, you old your left hand out palm up (under your neighbor’s thumb), and your right hand out thumb down (over your other neighbor’s hand). When the bearded man said, “Go!” we’d all try to grab the thumb of the person on our left, while trying not to get our thumb grabbed by the person on the right. When you thumb was grabbed, you were out and the circle got smaller. (Thanks bearded man! – who I found out later is Dave from Friends of the Earth UK.)