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Why do we explore? – 4th Playshop – Explorer of the world


In the end of this 4th playshop we chatted about what these playshops were to us and why we explored. The heart of being an explorer for me is having fun – that is creating stories and being in them. The stories are what sets me off and leads me into exploration. And I often suppress or dismiss these little stories as childish and just try to keep one big story that blankets over everything.

I’ve also noticed throughout the playshop we did not gain or create any new aspects of us or became anyone different from who we were before (though I thought we did at times), but whatever we felt was brought out from within us.

In page 5 of her How to be an Explorer of the World, Keri Smith lists up some ideas of what you do if you’re an explorer. And I picked some of them and categorised into three.

Challenging to do…
1.Always be looking.
5.Observe for long durations.
7. Notice patterns. Make connections.

Interesting to do…!
12. Trace things back to their origins.
13. Use all of the senses in your investigations.

And love doing!
4. Alter your course often.
6. Notice the stories going on around you.
11. Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it. (-> but I do it very secretly…) 

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