What Is Cohado?

Cohado is derived from the Zulu tradition. Since the dawn of man, we as human beings have been looking for a means of navigation to support alignment with a beautiful life. Today we use the weather forecast, the market preceptors, the words moving across our devices, and the institutions we trust, be they mosques, temples, churches, banks, political structures and companies, to show us the way. In the old, indigenous way, all peoples relied on nature as a model of wisdom – had to – there was nothing else. They utilized infinite methods to align with her ways – for safety, for understanding, for sorrow, for joy. And they saw themselves as a part of that everythingness.

The animal was a essential part of nature, so it was respected, so none of it was wasted.  After the animals were utilized for food, clothing, shelter, adornment, and every possible use,  indigenous culture used the bones – the lasting part of the animal which remain the longest on the planet – in conversation with nature – the spirit wisdom – as a weathervane for understanding the most difficult questions in life. Those fundamental questions have not changed, simply the lens we use to understand them has. The most essential among them often begin with the words, “What do I do?.”

The core difference in the two views is the view of self in relation to its environment. The old view saw the self as everything – meaning nature was one infinite being in which each thing, person, star, galaxy, wave of light, were particles of the same being. The so called modern “civilized” view sees each thing as an isolated and disconnect thing. Just as the game dominos’ origin were tiles made from these bones of the animals, Cohado’s origin derives from a similar place. In the Zulu tradition, it is the bone that speaks of the unwavering, long view – the sustainable view. The guiding principles modeled by the treatment of the animal, that also guide this long view are few – really two – Create Assets; Eliminate Waste. The difference in the way the two lenses aim at what “we should do”, is the individual lens says, “get the most I can for myself and measure that by my accumulation of assets as opposed to others” (dominos).

Cohado, the old wisdom says, “use everything to support the community/nature, and ensure it is there to do so long into the future.”

Cohado is both a concept and a tool. The tool can be used as a “Catalytic Guidance System” to help individuals, couples, families, groups and communities navigate development. Cohado can also be used as a “game”, designed to support collaborative play, learning and understanding. Cohado will be released as both a mobile application, and as a physical tool. Countless individuals have used Cohado for ongoing guidance sessions with designer and Cohado Level 4 Master, Paulo Gregory. Groups, colleagues, and friends have also played Cohado for hours of peaceful and dynamic enjoyment.

Cohado, the game, differs from virtually all other game because it applies the two fundamental rules of creating assets for the community as represented by the table of players, and eliminating waste – unused pieces. The hexagonal structure of the game offers a cellular-like structure that can elegantly, and mathematically be gathered into countless patterns to achieve the goal of lifting the score as high as possible through collaborative play in the circle of players.

We will soon be  launching the game, and the opportunity to invest in its development. If you are interested in supporting this effort, or exploring the power of Catalytic Guidance, check out the link to the left, and also follow Cohado through the link on the right and join us as we build community, and usher in the “Age of Relationship”.


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