28. Why I’m extremely excited about bringing larp to the Middle East

Larp should be a global phenomenon. There’s nothing that makes it location-specific or location-demanding (like ice hockey or surfboarding). But it isn’t global. At least not yet. We’re going to change that, though, and with a little luck the first stepping stone to bringing larp to the Middle East has just been laid.

Larp isn’t “Western” in its essence

Today, Europe has many diverse larp scenes, and the US, Canada and Russia also have an abundance of larps. There are few larps in Africa, and while there are larps in Australia and New Zealand, South-East Asia has virtually none. And even though Japan has a huge cosplay scene, its larp scene is more or less non-existent.

The future is bright with possibility

What if companies pick up on larp as an interesting form of teambuilding and skill training? What if schools in the Emirates realise the educational potential of larps? What if it becomes a smash hit among tourists and locals alike? The truth is that we have no idea how big this can get.

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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