Cultivating Compassion Session 12: Finite and Infinite Games
The NT-NL Public Witness Team for Peace & Justice are partnering with the United States Christian Leadership Organization (USCLO), Charter for Compassion Social Justice Sector, and Kairos + Collaborative to offer this set of FREE online episodes and practice sessions to help Make This Your Year to Cultivate Compassion!
“You’re invited to spend 2023 growing compassion for yourself, your friends, and even those who today you might describe as enemies. We’ll interrogate our emotions, reasoning, decision-making, and more as we work to join the infinite game of building peace.”
Specifically about this January 4 session:
Across disciplines as diverse as marketing, education, health, and management, “gamification” draws on our capacity to play to help us move ourselves and others toward a goal. Books like Burlingham and Stack’s “The Great Game of Business” and Boller and Kapp’s “Play to Learn” provide examples of how to apply this concept. With computers or consoles, balls or marbles, cards or boards, humans love games. The subtitle of this month’s book is “a vision of life as play and possibility.” In it, Carse invites us to frame our lives, at work, at home, in society, as play and to choose what kind of game it will be. He says there are at least two kinds of games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” When we play a finite game with an opponent playing an infinite game, we’re destined to lose. The forces in our world that oppose peace and justice, as well as the empathy and compassion that leads to peace and justice, are playing an infinite game. We close this series with Carse’s work to inspire infinite strategies in which we might bring to life our role in bending “the arc of the moral universe … toward justice.”
Full details about this session (including registration) can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-compassion-session-12-finite-and-infinite-games-tickets-502953426237