Bernie DeKoven

Bernie DeKoven

Bernie DeKoven is a pioneering play theorist who has shown over the course of his 50 year career how fun and playfulness can positively affect every aspect of personal and interpersonal, community and institutional health.

Many of the most important trends in games today, from large scale community games to casual game apps have roots in Bernie’s influential ideas. He is the author of The Well-Played Game (originally published by Doubleday in 1978 and reissued in 2013 by MIT Press) as well as Junkyard Sports, and, in 2014 A Playful Path (over 620,000 downloads) published by CMUs ETC Press. His most recent book, Infinite Playgrounds, will be published by MIT Press.