Play Your Way to Understand

Leaders say learners don’t understand new ideas. Learners say leaders rarely offer new ideas. I say play packs a punch to boost brainpower for leaders and learners in a new innovation era.

That’s why you’ll want to check back soon for the debut of FUNUDERSTAND – an Online simulation game based on play. Perhaps I should say, “Understanding more through play.”

How will it work? 

FUNDERSTAND  challenges you to play your way through an online simulation in 10 Castle Towers.

What is the basic idea of Funderstand? This online simulation currently being designed will boost brainpower, bring together diverse parts of any learning community, and apply intelligent concepts to cool new designs.

All through the power of play!

Collect  gems as badges with each challenge accomplished.

Based on the principle – “If you want brilliance in creative answers take time to play with complex concepts.”


Unlock 10 tower doors through innovative responses, that move you to another tower to collect finer gems.


What learning challenge does FUNDERSTAND address? Learners who currently come to the table with a passion for novelty, eager to  develop new talents – too often leave bored or disappointed.

Funderstand equips players to build and sustain adventure that people crave. Participants will harnesses novelty in ways that traditional learning misses.


Where’s the innovation? This online game is built on the brain based principle that learners will mimic passionate or playful people by showcasing every manner of talent.

Play’s as innate to the human brainpower as waves to oceans, and we now know how mirror neurons mimic adventures observed.  Check out this video on mirror neurons, and ask how your next meeting can mirror more playfulness. Fun spreads like cheers in a winner’s circle, because deep inside brain cells  neurons fire in reaction to another’s adventures.

Where’s evidence for the power of play? Increasingly researchers suggest that many learning settings develop and reward talent of a few only. Sir Ken Robinson, for example, illustrates how too often problems go unsolved while some of the finest minds are left outside of the learning process.

The online game proposed here engages simple questions that build on multiple talents.

You’ll play with questions such as, What if…? or Have you thought about …? go a long way toward playfully building trust that builds and grows together.

How could you FUNDERSTAND a complex concept that boosts brainpower where you work?


  1. Everyone has a talent or two, but you have to use your brain to
    develop it.

  2. eweber says:

    Wow – James – you have moved us from the wonder of play and productivity to the brilliance of facilitator skills to make both happen! Many people sit on sidelines – who could move our universe in a new direction mentally. Brilliant thought and thanks! Ellen

  3. John Hunter says:

    I like this idea. Play is helpful in getting us to take an interest and to try out new things. People are more willing to be more creative and think differently at play. Some people will likely benefit from help translating to the workplace – a fair number of people seem to isolate work as though it wasn’t connected to anything else they do.

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