It was Heraclitus who said that «man is much closer to himself when he reaches the seriousness of a child playing» and in the case of Differenziando this small quote reaches an extremely high level of social opportunity. I had already heard the game talked about with enthusiasm and when I called Manuel and Roberto to let them tell me how they got the idea, I realised that the enthusiasm was more than justified. Differenziando is a board game for children and adults that has an almost heroic educational potential: the aim of the game is to recycle, to learn the art of recycling.
In a historical moment like this, when humanity should have started to take the idea of producing as little waste as possible into consideration at least two decades ago, the new generations have become the central point where all possible future passes. It is vital to learn to create less waste and to recycle the inevitable so that they can be reinserted into the production cycle. It is something that concerns everyone, every human being on the Earth, with no exceptions. Differenziando is exactly about this: «the way in which people can learn something so simple and necessary», says Manuel on the phone. He works with the public administration, while Roberto has a past in environmental services. They have studied the regulations and the legislation, creating the pawns and supports, carried out tests and soon after the boxed game, intended for schools, was ready: a success in being presented in many municipalities in the province of Latina and even more successful at the last Romics, the great comic strip and game festival in Rome.
It is all too clear: when play meet the “paideia” there is a real miracle, when notions are learnt without even realising, which soon become essential automatisms. Small gestures in small hands: the only ones that can save the world and defend it from those who don’t even know how to learn to play anymore.
The story has been written by Matteo Trevisani, writer.