Playing The World Game: a message from Marilyn Atkinson



Welcome all ICF Coaches to a profound conversation. What if we could envision some major ways to shift the world’s future through our coaching work. Take two days, April 6th and 7th in Bali, to open a doorway and discover your contribution to humanities evolution.

We hope this will be of great fun for you, as well as an opportunity to reunite with old and new friends from the ever expanding solution focused coaching network of Erickson.


The World Game is our game, and I personally hope that you will have a wider understanding and a deeper commitment to creating and growing your own world game in addition to new insights on the unfolding coaching purpose. Erickson players belong to one of the earliest coaching schools in the world and now the largest; therefore, it is fitting that we host this conference for the world-wide coaching community. To create a truly international forum we are inviting coaches from all coaching schools interested in playing the World Game. We hope to have groups and individuals from each of the 40 countries that Erickson trains in attending this conference, plus many participants from other countries and coaching schools who want to unite with our purpose.


There is so much we can learn, share, and contribute to each other within the context of international coaching development. Taking a day to sincerely look at our joint purpose will be useful for each of us. During this unique conference we have a wide variety of exercises for you that delves into your own Creative Dreaming World Game. We anticipate many powerful conversations about themes. Creative Dreaming will facilitate the opportunities and ideas generated. It is our hope that in this dynamic think tank many of you will leave with new and rekindled relationships, a deeper understanding of how coaching is developing internationally, and a burning desire to create and play your own World Game.


All the warmest to you,
Marilyn Atkinson



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Why the World Game is Bali Bound


Bali is the epitome of every tropical island dream. Enveloped in the warm Indian Ocean waters, it is a little slice of heaven where travellers journey to bask in the glory and bliss of paradise found. Surf the island waves, visit sacred temples, engage with extraordinary culture… Experiencing Bali’s magic and mysticism will awaken your spirit and open your mind. With something to offer to make all dream vacations come to life, Bali stakes a real claim to the perfect balance of sun, self-discovery and spirituality. Though the list could be endless, here are the top reasons why YOU need to visit Bali with us in April 2016.

Natural beauty

Pristine white sand beaches in the South contrast with striking black sand beaches in the North, with forested volcanic mountains, lush rice terraces and coral reefs located throughout the province. Embrace your adventurous side and trek through the jungle to one of Bali’s many hidden gems or up an active volcano to watch the most glorious sunrise. The natural world is culturally valued by the Balinese, reflected by the nation’s philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the human, the spirit and the earth. The island’s unspoiled natural environment has been an inspiration for the Bali Green School and Green Village, located just outside of Ubud, where students and visitors are empowered through environmental education and human-nature connection. Bali’s incomparable and wide ranging natural setting places it apart from its 17,500 island neighbours in the Indonesian archipelago.

Rich Culture

Bali’s remarkable landscape provides a picturesque backdrop for its deeply spiritual and unique culture. Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is home to Indonesia’s pocket of Hinduism, where spirituality and community are suffused into everyday life. Get your traditional fix by visiting one of Bali’s 20,000 ancient temples, or learn how to make traditional Balinese dishes at a local cooking class. Participate in the many and frequent Hindu ceremonies and festivals. With daily offerings to the gods, ancestors, spirits and demons that are believed to coexist on the island, there is no need to search far and wide for a taste of original Balinese tradition.

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Best of Bali

The allure of this small piece of paradise knows no bounds. But Bali’s charm is not that it is (indeed) a tropical dreamland – its real reigning power is that it is so much more! It goes without saying then, why Bali has been chosen for the 2016 World Game Conference. It is the very essence of the Island of the Gods that sets the perfect stage for realizing our vision for a global community, a single humanity and expanding coaching culture. Join us for this two day conference on April 6th and 7th where we will be led by some of the world’s most accomplished coaches, thought leaders and influential visionaries as we support each other in reaching the potential for a solution-focused world. Let Bali and the World Game inspire you! Register now:  



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When Everyone Plays, Humanity Wins the Prize


The Bali World Game conference is our third international World Game event in 6 years, (plus 17 amazing regional conferences in different countries).   This means a lot of powerful work has been done in the world today and it is time to celebrate it!

 In Bali we plan to have a Gallery Walk wall for people to put up pictures and descriptions of their projects and their results. We have some very mature and wonderful projects that have been built by partners and Erickson leaders around the globe. We will also be offering prizes.

We see World Game thinking in projects and visions that address the world’s most pressing concerns, from combatting climate change to advocating for educational reform and women’s empowerment. World Game thinking even exists in online conversations that instigate global dialogues around politics and culture, and in local community projects that bring people together for social good. Whether small or large scale and for whatever cause, these projects are evidence that a solution-focused world is coming forth, which translates directly into our coaching World Game vision.

It is wonderful that people are becoming competitively creative in designing World Game frameworks for many major social concerns, with multiple visions and versions prevailing worldwide.  Game thinking is a skill that can be developed and we will have several game experts to assist us at Bali, one of whom, Mark Fournier, has studied Ghandi’s contributions as a series of game strategies that can be modelled.  

 We will be preparing game frameworks that are sticky and exciting to publicize our work, both in Bali (with two to three minute small presentations) and back in our native stomping ground. We will be using game names, brand building, sticky logos, mascots, special music, themes, metaphors, art and vision. 

The World Game Conference recognizes this creativity and competitiveness, and invites all players to showcase their World Game projects and share them with other visionary leaders around the world! And now, in true gaming fashion, World Game Bali is offering the opportunity for players to win exceptional prizes for their efforts. This way, you can truly imagine our World Game Conference as the World Cup of solution-focused thinking.

Prizes will be awarded to our most outstanding players in the following three categories:

  1. Most Impactful Cross Cultural World Game
  2. Most Impactful Regional World Game
  3. Most Strategically Inspiring World Game Idea

Prizes include culturally renowned handmade wooden sculptures from Bali’s own artisans and one of Erickson’s 8 day programs offered in your area. To be awarded, your World Game project must be currently established and submitted on to the World Game Clock by March 25th. You must also be IN ATTENDANCE at The World Game Bali on April 6th and 7th. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges based on their current measurable, and prizes be will be distributed on the last day of the conference. 

We acknowledge the effort that each player puts into their World Game and anticipate sharing this exciting opportunity for recognition! When everyone plays, humanity wins.

Follow this link, to register your World Game project on to the World Game Clock and sign up for the conference here:

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If a Window of Opportunity Appears, Don't Pull Down the Shade!



What is the purpose of a window? Logically thinking, the first thing that comes to my mind is that the purpose of a window is to bring sunlight inside for naturally lighting the indoors. Windows also allow fresh air to flow through enclosed spaces and offer an alternative exit or escape route in addition to doors. There is no doubt that without windows, indoor spaces would be very dark, stale and confined.

Yet, stepping away from this logical mindset, the purpose of a window may have a much deeper meaning than its initially thought out functions. Take a moment to open your mind and consider where I’m going with this. By providing us with a view of what lies outside the comfort that humanity has constructed, perhaps a window’s true purpose is to present opportunity. Perhaps windows exist to remind us that there is more to life than what exists within the confines of a room, a house or a building. Notice how windows show us a different way of looking at the world which can in turn change our perspective, spark imagination and allow us to remember that we are part of a much greater and more complex web of life.    

This blog, A Window Into The World Game provides you with that view of opportunity, that shift in perspective and that reminder that you are part of something incredible. Writers Nicole Lorage (that’s me) and Leon Sandler will be posting weekly or biweekly articles that will serve as “windows” into the World Game. These windows will give you a glance at the amazing things that the World Game Bali has to offer, including commentaries about the conference and workshops, what to do and see in beautiful Bali and memories about past regional World Games. Taking a look through these windows, you will soon see that this could be the most significant conference for coaches of our time. But in the end, it will be up to you to get involved, take action and seize the opportunity that windows present!  

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