NEXUS GAMES

Nexus Games focus on cooperative (vs competitive) outcomes. These games train participants to work together to find common outcomes. These games can be fun, complex, silly, thought provoking and even emotional at times. Whatever the reaction, Nexus Games develop a new perspective on “play as a means for connection”. A complete Nexus Games Handbook is currently in the works. Soon available in print and downloadable .pdf. In the meantime here is a short, descriptive list of a few games.

CLOSE THE GAP

  • Participants start with eyes closed.
  • Mill about the space.
  • Participants are asked to stop with eyes still closed.
  • Participants are asked to close the circle by reaching out and holding hands.
  • The moment anyone feels that everyone is in the circle they call out “one”.
  • Open eyes to reveal the results.

LIFT UP

  • Participants sit together in pairs on the floor.
  • Sit directly with back to back touching.
  • Hands are placed on knees and must remain there.
  • Working together they must go from sitting to standing without using their hands.
  • If successful, increase the numbers to three then four, etc.
  • See how large a circle can stand up together this way.

TARGET TOGETHER

  • Participants stand in a line one behind the other.
  • Agree on a target destination or course.
  • Place your right hand on the right shoulder of the person in front of you.
  • Use your left hand to hold onto the left leg of the person in front of you.
  • Find your balance.
  • Jump together towards the target.
  • Do not break the connection.
  • Return to the original position by switching hands and legs.

HOOP THROUGH

  • Participants stand in a circle and hold hands.
  • A hoop (hula hoop type) is introduced to the circle.
  • All must try together to pass the hoop around the entire chain without letting go of each other’s hands.
  • This continues until the hoop has gone around the circle and all participants have passed through.
  • Do not let go.
  • If the circle breaks for any reason, start over.

UNTANGLED

  • Participants stand in a circle placing their arms out into the center.  
  • Cross hands right over left and take the opposite hand of your neighbor.
  • Arms will be tangled but connected.
  • Work to untangle the circle without letting go of hands.
  • Do not let go until everyone has become untangled.