Palms and Pop Ups

“Today, we have a real playworker among us,” San Diego Civic Innovation Lab  Strategist for Public Space and Ecology Ilisa Goldman said as I and five adult volunteers at the Pop Up Nature Play event in Balboa Park circled for a pre-play briefing. Standing among somewhat orderly piles of palm fronds, “tree cookies,” bamboo and pinecones, I realized thatContinue reading “Palms and Pop Ups”

Boston Biking (and Departing)

After ten wonderful years of playmaking and art-instigating in Boston, I’m moving to San Diego! In late October, I will start work as Manager of Exhibition Development at the New Children’s Museum: an innovative space that encourages creativity and critical thinking through transformative experiences with contemporary art. Though I am sad to say goodbye to theContinue reading “Boston Biking (and Departing)”

What did you learn today?

In the past four weeks, I have had the opportunity to facilitate two interesting learning experiences, both positioned as “how-to” sessions. My co-learners were: 32 adults who work as planners and strategists at creative agencies (at Planning-ness 2013), and Twelve 6th through 8th graders and three adults from the Brookwood K-8 School To prepare for both,Continue reading “What did you learn today?”

Everything I Know About Play I Learned from My Cat

It’s no coincidence that cats and mice take the scalpel most when people (for instance, Panksepp 1998, 2001, 2007) research play and play deprivation, giving new meaning to the phrase “playing cat-and-mouse” (whomp-whomp). Cats, like humans, maintain some level of playfulness into adulthood. And perhaps the reason they dominate the internet is this: they areContinue reading “Everything I Know About Play I Learned from My Cat”

The Love of Dare Devil Supreme

The play that I remember as a child would not have had an observable narrative, but it certainly was continuous. On the playground the next day, we would pick up where we left off (more or less). We played on a big grassy field and the common theme was that we were almost always pretendingContinue reading “The Love of Dare Devil Supreme”