Post Conference; Petitioning UN Secretary General Ba Ki-Moon
Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework to give all children the best start in life. Help us build support by sharing this petition with your friends and networks who believe children should be at the heart of our future development strategy. If this approach is right for our children, surely it is right for some of the poorest children in the world. That is why I believe this policy should be at the heart of the new post-2015 framework. Read more and sign the petition here.
Read an inspiring interview with one of the participants at the IDEA Conference, Maria Diarra, founder of the Institute for Popular Education in Mali.
IDEA Conference Reflections
Wrapping up our 2014 IDEA Conference, we are elated by its momentum and struck by the participants’ urge to create a movement. It has been an exceptional pleasure to experience what happens when the world’s leading voices on play and learning gather for the first time - encouraging us all to take risks, forget the F word (failure), iterate fast to find new solutions, and practice daylong learning by doing. It is truly inspiring and uplifting to be in the eye of this perfect storm when neuroscience, cognitive psychology, sociology and hands-on approaches come together to leverage their powerful potential.
What we read and enjoyed...
Randa Grob-Zakhary: The Transformative Power Of Play And Its Link To Creativity, Forbes
Peter Gray:The Play Deficit, Aeon.
Richard Florida: Cities Are the Fonts of Creativity, NY Times.
Lissa M. Cowan: Why Scheduling Play Can Make You Happier, The Huff Post.
John C. Townsend: Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity, Ashoka Blog - Forbes
Re-imagine Learning Challenge launched
The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka are teaming up in an effort to transform the way the world learns by launching the Re-imagine Learning Challenge. 10 Champions for learning through play will receive more than $200,000 in cash prizes to support their ventures, as well as technical assistance and in-kind support.
Nominate someone or join the Challenge yourself on the website:
The Power of play
How to face future challenges
"Play in all its rich variety is one of the highest achievements of the human species, alongside language, culture and technology. Indeed, without play, none of these other achievements would be possible."
Dr. David Whitebread on the importance of play.