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  1. Psychology and the Infinite Game Niki Harré The University of Auckland New Zealand

  2. Psychology for a Better World Free to download $15 for a hard copy AND on YouTube! www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/ psychologyforabetterworld

  3. The infinite game

  4. James Carse The infinite game Finite games The purpose is to win Include only select people Each player is needed and must always be alert, to relax is dangerous Players try to replicate the winning strategies of the past The rules must not change for the duration of the game Provoke replication • The purpose is to continue the game • Invites others in • Any single player is not needed and cannot finish the game • Looks to the future and does not assume the past will reoccur • The rules must change over time or the game will cease • Provokes creativity

  5. Finite Game Finite Game Finite Game Finite Game Finite Game Finite Game

  6. James Carse The infinite game Finite games The purpose is to win Include only select people Each player is needed and must always be alert, to relax is dangerous Players try to replicate the winning strategies of the past The rules must not change for the duration of the game Provoke replication • The purpose is to continue the game • Invites others in • Any single player is not needed and cannot finish the game • Looks to the future and does not assume the past will reoccur • The rules must change over time or the game will cease • Provokes creativity

  7. That which is of infinite value Scared, precious, special Of value for its own sake That which makes the world truly alive In any dimension – an emotion, relationship, part of the natural world, a quality an object

  8. These are of infinite value Free Space (e.g. beach, forest Car Freedom The Sun Running Freedom Freedom Sunlight Sun Happiness Love Love Happiness Love Altruism Happiness Laughter Hope Elation Oceans and Seas Colour Equality Flowers Waterfalls Music Water Vegetation Human Morality People Music Belonging Food Music Dolphins Family Home Life Family Animals Family Animals communication

  9. These are of infinite value Support Truth Knowledge Empathy Love Music A sense of humour A positive outlook Music Music Ambition God Weekends Laughter Laughter Communication car Nature Rugby Mental wellbeing Nature Nature Basketball Ocean Family Family Family Family Family Family Family Friends Family Family Family Parents Family Family Friends

  10. These are of infinite value Friends Knowledge and love Experience Friendships Friendships Electric guitar Laughing Hugs Happiness Music Smiles Laughter Happiness Music Family Happiness Laughter Music Happiness Music Family Excitement Family Time Humour Family Time God Family Love Love Faith Maths Community Education Compassion Hope Respect Compassion Transport Books communication Pride Selflessness Technology communication Technology communication Trees Sport Water Sport Nature: food, water, air Water Sport Water Environment Food Environment Food Nature, specifically trees Food

  11. These are of infinite value Faith Professions Hunger Love Love Honour Love Understanding or learning Love Happiness Love Colour Happiness Happiness Education Education Happiness Happy Happiness My cat Positivity Music Music Knowledge Music Serenity Music Communication Communication Peace Laughing Freedom Stand up comedy Stories Laughing/joking Smile Sleeping Walk Exercise Sunshine Health Toilet paper Water Cooking Water Rock climbing Water Fruits

  12. These are of infinite value Consciousness Resources Resources Knowledge Car Communication The Ocean Clouds Knowledge Communication Communication Nature Water Home Home country Nature Leadership - management - government Air Good morals Community Life Spirit Family Algorithm Family Internet Choice Compassion Happiness Success Happiness Faith Freedom Happiness Freedom Imagination Hope Potential Passion Love Art and Creativity Freedom of thought Love Determination Regret Passion Love Regret Strength Music Emotions Anger Dream Patience

  13. That which is of infinite value – Categories created by students • The natural environment • Arts • Human values • Basic human needs • Sociability and communication • Family/Human relationships • Leisure • Education and knowledge • Religion • Time • Innovations

  14. But what is more important than any one of these precious things IS TO KEEP THE GAME IN PLAY

  15. So what does this mean for psychology in general and community psychology in particular?

  16. Community of learners seeking understanding (but never quite finding it), growth and innovation, with permeable boundaries. Publishing for the sake of publishing Talks, shows presentations to the public Stimulating student assignments University rankings Publications that stem from genuine body, mind, soul, heart engagement. Achieving a degree in order to qualify for a high status job

  17. So what does this mean for psychology in general and community psychology in particular?

  18. Fisher (2002). “The struggle to make meaning, to lend form to experience, is like the struggle to recall something forgotten; we feel an immediate satisfaction when words finally come out for the recollected thing. So it is for any moment when we recognize a pattern, contact some truth, or bring into symbolic focus a feeling that has been haunting us from the deep. I thus have in mind a style of inquiry with lots of ragged edges, unanswered questions, and loose ends; and yet with an atmosphere and an impelling force that can be felt; where points, even if surrounded by ignorance, nonetheless get made and are able to…elicit fruitful responses from the reader.”

  19. Ngaiwi e! Ngaiwi e! Kia kotahirate Mo-a-na-"nwi"-kiwae-i-a-i-e ----------- Kia maura! Kia maura! kitemanamotuhake me tearohae-i-a-i-e ----------- Wahine ma! Wahine ma! Ma-ra-ngamai, Ma-ra-ngamai, kiakahae-i-a-i-e -----------E tama ma! E tama ma! E tama tu, E tama tu, tama ora! e-i-a-i-e ----------- Ngaiwi e! Ngaiwi e! Kia kotahimaiteMoana-"nwi"-kiwa All you people! All you people!Be united as one, like the Pacific Ocean. Hold on firmly! Hold on firmlyto your inheritance, and to compassion. All you young women! All you young women,rise up, rise up, be strongAll you lads! All you lads! Stand up tall and live like men!