The Great Dalmuti ~ What we should consider about Identity as Learned from a card game –

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The Great Dalmuti: What We Should Consider About Identity as Learned from a Card Game (+ Singing Time!)


Day/Session:Thursday 4F

Convener:Jacob Siebach

Notes-taker(s): Jacob Siebach (with video from Phil Windley)


Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:


We began by learning the rules to The Great Dalmuti, an enjoyable card game by Richard Garfield, before discussing the significance in identity.


The Great Dalmuti requires at least four players, who are each given a rank and seated in ranking order.  All cards in the deck are dealt to players.  The first person to successfully play all of their cards will gain the top-most rank for the next round, and the next person will be in the second position, and so forth.  Thus, the titles and position of the players may change every round.


As far as Identity is concerned, the identity of each player does not change during the game, but their position and title do.  This is much like a person elected to an office; after a time they may not be in that office anymore.  The discussion resulted with the idea that the person should still retain their wallet and credentials for their personal affairs, but there should be a fully separate and transferable agent, with its own credentials for the job, which can be transferred from one representative to the next by some authority.


Singing time!! 

Phil posted a link to the video that he took of this: https://vimeo.com/298206648