JFK’s “Race” to the Moon

Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Dave Blum While at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., I re-watched President Kennedy’s famous 1961 speech to Congress about the space race with the Soviets.   Although I’d seen before it on several occasions, this was the first time I’d watched JFK’s speech from a team […]

The Meaning of Winning

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Dave Blum Yesterday’s treasure hunt at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was cancelled, alas:  the first time one of our indoor scavenger hunts has been canceled due to bad weather.   (The client, it seems, was worried about the safety of busing their group frm Virginia to D.C. on the snowy/icy […]

Treasure Hunt Scouting

Monday, January 26, 2009 by Dave Blum Scouting treasure hunt clues is a bit of an art.  Some key factors to take into account when casting around for treasure hunt ideas include: 1) Is your prospective location a little-known or well-known site? 2) Will this clue be part a driving or walking hunt? 3) How are you going to […]

Whitehouse Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 23, 2009 by Dave Blum Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to create scavenger hunts in some of the world’s most interesting places:  the Louvre in Paris, the streets of Dubai, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the historic Districts of Madrid, Geneva and Bologna., etc.  But never in the White […]

Great New Collaborative Game

Thursday, January 22, 2009 by Dave Blum Okay, I’ll admit it, I have a weakness for game shops — and it’s not simply because I make a living running corporate team building activities and scavenger hunts.  I simply can’t help myself.  My local establishment here in San Francisco, Gamescape, is particularly tempting; not only do they […]

Obama Plea For Adulthood

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 by Dave Blum Whatever you may feel about the man and his politics, you have to admit that Barack Obama is provocative.  His speeches tend to make you think. One particular moment from the President’s inaugural address yesterday really grabbed my attention.  Obama declared that although we are a young country, it was […]

Obama the Hoopster

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by Dave Blum In honor of today’s inauguration, I wanted to write something about Barack Obama, the “team player” … but really, his presidency is still a story to be told.  In a sense, all we can do is follow the “treasure hunt clues” of his life ; only by scanning the”scavenger […]

The Brain & Insight

Friday, January 16, 2009 by Dave Blum One of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a while is “The Eureka Hunt”, by Jonah Lehrer; it was published in The New Yorker on July 28, 2008 and you can read the whole article in the magazine’s archive by clicking here. The article begins with the […]

Birth of a Clue — Part Two

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Dave Blum When I showed my list of touchstones to Scott later that week, he said, “Say, didn’t you once attend a treasure hunt in San Francisco?  Why don’t you do that?  It seems to fit the bill.” “Hmm,” I mulled.  “Running treasure hunts and scavenger hunts would certainly allow me […]

Birth of a Clue — Part One

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Dave Blum At the end of last Thursday’s treasure hunt in New Orleans, the team leader, Dean, came up to me and asked “So, what we’re all wondering is, how did you ever get into this line of work?”, to which I replied, (with a straight face), “What, leading scavenger […]