As an experiment, tonight while I was playing with Lev before his bedtime, I decided that rather than leading the activity, I would follow, observe and learn from him. I tried to emulate his every sound and gesture, to copy his movements.
Taking creativity seriously, appreciating how it can drive innovation is something to which we all need to give more thought. It's why play, not policy, just might be the long-term solution to igniting a stalled global economy.
I am fascinated by playgrounds as mirrors of our society. And, lately, I have jumped back into playgrounds with both feet as I accompany my 20-month-old grandson Cash to one or another playground in Queens.