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Kathleen Gibi

in Knoxville

Inclined to Play


With rising obesity rates nationwide, experts are seeking solutions that can survive competing in Americans’ increasingly jam-packed schedules. Kathleen Gibi discusses how a local Knoxville committee answered a national challenge to incorporate play opportunities into existing city infrastructure so that children can “play along the way” in their daily lives.

With just a small $25,000 grant, the committee generated the start of an initiative called “Knoxville Slides,” where Knoxville’s hilly terrain is used as an asset—rather than a challenge—to create embankment slides. The end result of the pilot project produced an unanticipated amount of attention in the community.

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For the Kids of Haiti

@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2010

Brian Cheesman - Temporary Childhood Poet - about Children and Childhood these days... Is this good or bad...?

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The Secrets to Raising Successful Kids

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2013

Brimah Vonjo leaks to us the secrets to raising successful kids. These secrets include things like identfying your kid's strengths and weaknesses, teaching them to create rather than compete, being a good role model, and letting your kids choose their own path in life.

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Inspiring Children to Learn Outdoors

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Cynthia Lee, director of Outdoor Education at University School of Nashville, shares her Young Naturalists program and encourages us all to take children outside to explore, experience, and connect with the natural world.

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Konnekt and Social Enterprise

@ VOL 16 ON JUL 06, 2016

Job Jansweijer designed a game with which children in isolation in hospitals still can play with other kids. They can play different sorts of games that can be applied to the glass windows between them and the rest of the world. Job will share his vision on social entrepreneurship and how to design something that serves the need of people. 

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Keeping Kids Dirty

@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2016

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Lyndie Seddon speaks about her travels that took her home, her big gamble to establish her business here, and the diverse ways it's grown. From keeping kids dirty, to teaching kayak rolls in the community pool, Lyndie is inspiring the youth to look up to the hills and into the lake for the reasons and lessons that keep us here, and keep us coming back. Lyndie ends her presentation by explaining her decision to found the climbing gym, as well as her organization devoted to getting kids outside and inspired by wilderness and themselves. 

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Nordic Walking: The Perfect Winter City Outdoor Activity

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"From city streets to mountain peaks, all you have to do is go where your poles take you and enjoy the outdoors."

Susan Yackulic sheds light on the joys of urban poling, showing how a pair of nordic poles are an easy and accessible tool to keep healthy and happy while encouraging you to explore your own city on foot.

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All Good Things Are Wild + FREE

@ VOL 3 ON JUL 26, 2017

Karen Gair explains how using the premise of a simple, unstructured playgroup in the forest, Childreach has sparked a grassroots movement to inspire families to get outside.

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Family Boatbuilding, Getting Kids on the Water with Their Own Hands

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Tom Hurst has been a woodworking and natural resources teacher for a good long while. He has built and guided the creation of many items of furniture, art pieces, toys, buildings and of course boats. He has built sailboats, canoes and sea kayaks with audiences from children to seniors both locally and around the US. Over 100 canoes and kayaks grace our local waters that were built in his shops. Family boatbuilding is still his favorite. It is a project to draw together people and get them on the water. A natural teacher with a love of sharing the outdoors and practical skills, He has a passion for hands-on experiential education.

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Play-worker, a Day in the Life

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 27, 2017

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.