1. Learn how to Build.
2. Quit my job
Architect Jack DeBartolo and his father (DeBartolo architects) have been taking ordinary projects and turning them into extraordinary solutions. Their work has taken them all over the country, but also to the developing world. His efforts working in Liberian Africa with architectural students opened his eyes to the standards of construction and culture.
"Presentation of the Day" on September 8, 2014.
Afer living in San Fransisco for three years, Christina Hug returned to Toronto and founded The Makers Nation, an organization to coalescing the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world to meet, collaborate, learn and make things.
It took her by surprise when only kids showed up at "Battle Bot Royal", the first event she put together for adults to use machinaries to make moterized robots
Since that expereince, she has a new mission - to encourage adults to play more. She wants to offer the perspective that how work and play can complement each other.
"Presentation of the Day" on March 18, 2014.
Co-founder at Daily Tous Les Jours Mouna Andraos shows us several of her interactive design studio's delightful projects; all of which involve creating spaces for people to come together, play, and collaborate. From giant, 100-person sing-along installations, to swings that play notes as you swing back and forth, these projects transform the way citizens interact with their cities and one another.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 12, 2014.
Dee Wagner joins us to discuss mindful play and how it may be used in place of the third reaction style that follows the two known reactions "fight" & "flight"... The third is "shutdown" and is a reposnse when neither 'fight' not 'flight' are an option... Mindful play has its roots in the polyvagal theory and Dee walks us through responses, the nexus of her mindful play approach, and peppers it all with her own personal story.
The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.
According to Fred Rogers, "play is really the work of childhood." For many of us, play is for children and work is for grown-ups, but what happens when you grow up and find yourself working at play for a living? As a 15-year industry veteran, Peter Olson will share an insider’s perspective on a day in the life of a Play Worker.
Sustainability, as well as digitalisation, are two of the hot topics at the moment. Yet, they are sometimes contradicting. Burak Can is researcher and founder of sustainably.io. In his PechaKucha presentation, he explores how we can stop ruining ourselves and fare the new digital revolution towards better shores by merging sustainability and digitalisation.