Desiree Matel Anderson, Field Innovation Team on PlayGrounding Podcast

The Robot Petting Zoo & Other Playful Innovations in Disaster Recovery

We know that a playful approach to life can lead to better innovations, cooperation and even transform lives. But what about when disaster strikes? Does play still have a role? Desiree Matel-Anderson has proof that play is vitally important even when facing harrowing situations like floods, tornadoes and other types of crises. In this interview, she shares how a Robot …

Ilana Ben-Ari, Twenty One Toys, PlayGrounding Podcast

The Toy Revolution: Teaching Empathy, Innovation & Creativity through Play

Ilana Ben-Ari’s startup, Twenty One Toys, is part of a revolution. A toy revolution. On their website they ask: “Our revolution demands answers: Where are creativity, play, teamwork and empathy in our classrooms, our boardrooms or the public square? More importantly, how do we teach these critical skills?” In school we learn to compete, to win, to make the highest …

Patrick Shearn, Artist, on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Designing Our Lives & Our World: Embracing our Power to Create Through Play

Patrick Shearn is an artist and founder of Poetic Kinetics. He creates interactive, experimental art installations such as the recent Liquid Shard, a beautiful temporary installation above Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. Made of holographic mylar that spanned 15,000 square feet, it rode on the wind up to 115 feet in the air. Liquid Shard brought hundreds of people …

Power of Play, Kara Stewart Fortier, Playgrounding

Career Choices Made Playful

Lately, I’ve been giving myself permission to approach a very serious subject playfully. That subject is this: What do I want to be when I grow up? When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. In high school, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I had my whole plan laid out for how I was going …