So, I have started this game. Its an infinite game. I call it Losing my Marbles (and I just shared this with Lost Marbles Media inspired by their work). Here is all I know about the game so far: I carry 1-2 marbles with me almost all the time. I imagine they contain important ideas. The catch is, I am only the stork for the marbles, someone else has to birth the idea. When I meet people, I give them the marble explaining its purpose and asking if they would hold onto it til the idea comes or the find the person who can understand the idea of THAT marble.
So far, its been wildly successful at all kinds of unmeasured results: smiles, laughter, curiosity and commitment. One day I am hoping these marbles are revealed to the world around us as the ideas that can change the world.
Naturally, I thought Lost Marble Media might be interested in this story, and I am hoping that you might be able to help me carry the game another step.
Any ideas how I can complete the cycle? Or do you think it is best to leave it alone, trust that the ideas permeate and BAM they will show up (but most likely will not resemble the original marble ;-)
Recently I was in New York City. Met my dear friend in Soho for lunch as I waited for the Games for Change conference team to assemble. While we waited for our food, there was this family at the same food truck and the boy sitting at the table, alone. I asked if I could share the table and he nodded yes.
He was talkative and I was high on coffee, so we struck up a curious conversation.
When they had to leave I asked if he would do me a favor... gave him a marble and this story: I carry 1-2 marbles with me almost all the time. They contain important ideas, the kind of important ideas that will change the world. But, I am only the messenger of the ideas contained inside each. Its like I am the stork for the marbles, someone else has to birth the idea.
When I handed him the marble, I explain its purpose and asked if he would hold onto it til the idea comes.
The boy takes the marble, nods emphatically and thanks me.
His family was watching the whole interaction and his mom looked at me and said, "How did you know? How did you know that he wanted a marble? Just yesterday his sister found a marble and he was sad he didnt have one too. How did you know?"
I smiled, looked at the children and asked for their commitment to the ideas that would change the world!