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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."