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Bernie DeKoven - Fun loving type o guy'
Junkmaster Bernie DeKoven: call 310-792-7227 or e-mail

Bernie's book, Junkyard Sports, is the latest expression of his lifelong belief that things can be made more fun. For over 30 years, Bernie has worked in this area, developing and implementing new ways of playing and new games groups of all ages and sizes.

His Interplay Curriculum, a comprehensive program in self-esteem and social skills based on over 1000 children's games, was used in classrooms and playgrounds throughout the city of Philadelphia. For the Philadelphia Bicentennial, he designed and orchestrated Playday on the Parkway, a community games event involving hundreds of thousands of celebrants. He established The Games Preserve, a retreat center in Eastern Pennsylvania where teachers, therapists and recreators could conduct in-depth investigations of games and play. In his book, The Well Played Game, he voiced a philosophy of "healthy competition" that formed the core teachings of the New Games Foundation. He became co-director of the foundation, and has developed internationally successfuls program in facilitating collaborative games, community events and business meetings.

Bernie has designed award-winning games for Ideal Toy Company, Children's Television Workshop, CBS Software and Mattel Toys.

He earned his masters degree in theater from Villanova University where he received a Rockefeller Fellowship in playwriting.

Bernie is a lifetime member of The Association for the Study of Play

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Read more about Bernie and his pioneering fun work on his DeepFUN website.

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