I wish I would have remembered this find a couple weeks ago in the spirit of the Olympics! But, we're still in the wake, so let me share this interesting activity. I see it as a variation, specifically, of Air Traffic Controller found in Back Pocket Adventure from Karl Rohnke and Jim Grout (also a variation of any blindfolded activity where others are guiding the non-sighted).
"The Lost Sport" activity is the culminating event (or sport) of the MOOG (massively open online game) The Lost Ring created, in part, by Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. (author of, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World - I highly recommend the read!! See more at the RIB Site) Jane's Bio reads: [Jane] is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games - or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. This sounds like what we do as adventure educators! Awesome. Jane's book goes way beyond simply "playing" video games, it's about changing the world as we know it!! Anyway, I digress - back to The Lost Game.
Six months before the 2008 Olympics, McGonigal (and others) designed this online experience to engage and draw in the "younger generation" into the Olympic experience. In a nutshell, players from around the world helped discover clues (and chronicled on a wiki - see below) to a sport that was "banned" from the Olympics in Roman times (I'm don't remember the reason why - spoiler alert: this is an alternate reality game). Here is the Interactive Case Study about the overall event if you want to dig deeper. Here is The Lost Ring Wiki created by (hundreds? thousands? of) people all over the world, basically to find the rules to The Lost Sport ("that can change the world!"). (FYI: This wiki details the plans to create a labyrinth in 9 steps - you'll want to know this is you are up for giving this one a go.)
Finally, to the point!! The Lost Sport: A blindfolded player runs a clover labyrinth with other players creating the walls of the labyrinth in front of the runner. Notice in the video (listen), that the players creating the walls can only hum..... Check this out! (running the labyrinth in under a minute). I have yet to try this, but I'm excited about the potential.
Epilog: If I remember correctly, I believe there was an ultimate competition of labyrinth runners from different countries shortly before the Olympics started in 2008. Through video submission of their runs (I think), countries were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze (in spirit - I don't think any medals were cast. But, I could be wrong, it was an elaborate effort!!).
Please let me know if you try this and how it went!! Comment below.
All the best, Chris
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.
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