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Book Review: Youngblood

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Peter Van Buren

Youngblood, a new novel by Matt Gallagher set in the late stages of the Iraq War, is a powerful fiction debut from an author already known for his non...

Utilizing Playgrounds to Restore Community and Remove Crime After Hurricane Katrina

Alicia Jessop | Posted 09.03.2016 | Impact
Alicia Jessop

In the months following Hurricane Katrina, much of the discussion surrounding the storm focused on how the government failed New Orleans' citizens and rebuilding the city's economy. With thousands of families displaced, though, little to none of the conversation centered on how to restore childhood to New Orleans' kids.

More Than Fun and Games -- Play Matters

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Ultimately, play matters because people matter, and it represents one of the best opportunities in our daily lives for people to really get to know one another -- to see and truly be seen by others."

For Cities to Compete, They Need to Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

In order to attract and retain the businesses, jobs and residents who breathe energy and enterprise into their neighborhoods, they first need to foster family-friendly, kid-friendly environments that promote play everywhere, while addressing the needs of underserved communities.

Howard's Daily: The Danger in Children's Safety

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Philip K. Howard

America's obsession with safety has stunted children's development. It has made play so boring that American children spend hours on the sofa with their video games, contributing to the crisis of obesity.

Top Local Volunteer Projects On Make A Difference Day

Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact

Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of service, activates millions of Americans to do outreach work in their local communities. The...

D.C. Heroes Changing the World

Lena Tabori | Posted 10.26.2012 | DC
Lena Tabori

Despite a troubled political system and a struggling economy, do average citizens have the power to create positive change within, not only their lives, but also the lives of others?

Charity Hoopla Challenge: Donate March Madness Winnings To Kids' Sports Charities!

Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact

Want to see a real game-changing play during March Madness? Pledge to donate your NCAA Championship winnings to kids in need! If your pool pred...

Is Play Part of Your Corporate Culture?

Darell Hammond | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Darell Hammond

This is a big week for KaBOOM! The whole team of Boomers -- what we call ourselves -- is gathering for our annual retreat, otherwise known as Play Academy. For us, instilling a sense of play into the organization helps energize Boomers and keeps us focused on our mission.

Dispatch From Davos: Leverage

Darell Hammond | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Darell Hammond

Session after session in Davos is focused on the future of our world, the economy and some of our biggest political and social challenges.

Andrea Stone

Nonprofits See Google+ As New Way To Do Good | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.05.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Nonprofit techies aren't waiting for the full roll out of the newest social network to start figuring out ways to use Google+ to do grea...

Lucas Kavner

Let There Be Playgrounds | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.13.2011 | Impact

Darell Hammond (not to be confused with the similarly named "SNL" alum) is very serious about playing around. He's spent more than 15 years establishi...

The Renaissance Of Play And The Man Behind It

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Play is not an incidental activity: it is seminal in the lives of children and the health of communities. Darell Hammond is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed out to plant the seeds of play within reach of every child in America.

My Quest to Build a Playground Within Walking Distance of Every Child

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.26.2011 | Impact
Darell Hammond

From the back of a deli in Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C., I hashed out an ambitious plan: To build a playground within walking distance of every child.

Making Sure Kids Have Places To Play

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving bac...

HuffPost Review: Kaboom

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Kaboom is an enjoyably snide look at that generation that is coming to be known as Millennials, for which hooking up is as casual as eating lunch. They may have social consciences, but they don't let it get in the way of a good party.

Social Entrepreneur Builds More Than 1,800 Playgrounds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For nearly 15 years, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond has found one American statistic inexcusable: well over half of children in this country don't...

The Birth of a Playful Movement (VIDEO)

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

On Saturday October 3rd, the public in New York City's Central Park will have a chance to enjoy The Ultimate Block Party -- a day of free family fun and the launch of a movement in support of playful learning.

City Playgrounds Tackle Toxic Soil and Equipment

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

New Orleans city and school leaders want to remove contaminants from playgrounds, where even the most benign-looking spots can harbor arsenic on swing sets and lead and arsenic in soil.

Darell Hammond from KaBoom! building playgrounds

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The story is short and great: Helping Out: His life is a playground (or 2,000 of them): Founder and chief executive of KaBoom, a nonprofit that builds...

The Promise of Play: A Report from the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

There is no doubt that "play" is under appreciated, even misunderstood. So it was significant to me that the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival boldly embraced play and added a whole track to its agenda called "the promise of play."

Leadership to the Rescue

Nancy Lublin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nancy Lublin

Instead of throwing bazillions of dollars at McKinsey or calling the National Guard, why not tap some of our nation's best non-profit practitioners to solve one of our ugliest messes?

KaBOOM! Helps Low Income Communities Build Their Own Playgrounds For Children

Dowser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

KaBOOM! aspires to create a "great place to play within walking distance of every child." Founded by Darell Hammond in 1996, the DC-based organization...

The Soldier/Blogger The US Military Shut Down Speaks Out On Sebastian Junger's 'War'

Matt Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matt Gallagher

A book certain to join the annals of definitive war literature penned in the GWOT (Global War on Terrorism) era.

KaBOOM! playground in SF, one year later

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, the folks at KaBOOM! get playgrounds built and a lot more. Last year they got one done in San Francisco, and it really matters:One year ago toda...