Mario Izquierdo Boosting Creativity by Reducing TTP – TTP means how quickly a troll invades a virtual space

Mario Izquierdo, in his 2021 Playful Creative Summit Boosting Creativity by Reducing TTP conversation with Alyea Sandovar spoke about the value of learning the hard, boring, repetitive stuff as a foundation for creativity. He is an engineer by training, which he compared to learning how to bounce a basketball before you can play. His training provided…

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Kenn Munk and Annabelle Nielsen – The Introvert Playground

Kenn Munk and Annabelle Nielsen launched The Introvert Playground because they recognize that introverts and extroverts play differently. That is not right or wrong, good or bad, it is simply a fact of different minds working differently and having different needs. Most playgrounds are designed for extroverts – large, open areas, offering highly physical activities…

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Jedidjah Julia Noomen – Improvise Your Storytelling: How To Use Improv Techniques For Writing

Jedidjah Julia Noomen in Improvise Your Storytelling: How To Use Improv Techniques For Writing, the next 2021 Playful Creative Summit presentation I’ll highlight, focused on a conversation about improvised story-telling in written form with Alyea Sandovar. Sandovar began by asking “How do you, Noomen, define improvisation?” Noomen related her introduction to improv, as a professional…

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Kara Stewart Fortier- In Play We Trust – The Intersection of Spirituality and Play –

Kara Stewart Fortier is the founder of PlayGrounding, and will absolutely stand out in my mind as the most bravely-vulnerable and brave speaker of the entire 2021 conference. She spoke about an upbringing in an  unspecified, very restrictive religion, one which discouraged free-thinking, intuition, questions, and individuality and her wrenching struggles to find different mindsets and…

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Meaningful Connections Through Play – Toby Falconer

Toby Falconer, founder of The Open Fort, wants people, even complete strangers, to connect. He is, among other things, an advocate of placemaking, a movement to make public spaces welcoming, comfortable, inspiring places which are permanently attractive (this definition is ENTIRELY mine, translated from what I’ve read). He’s created interactive installations of 3D cut-out houses…

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How Play Can Save The World – Jeff Harry & Lauren Yee

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How Play Can Save The World – Jeff Harry & Lauren Yee chatted with Alyea Sandovar during the 2021 Playful Creative Summit with a goal to provide tools to heal personal and professional relationships. They caution, as Douwe van der Werf cautioned, it’s not easy – the foundation to healing can often start with difficult…

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You’re More Creative Than You Think – Diego Pulido

You’re More Creative Than You Think, Diego Pulido‘s theme for his 2021 Playful Creative Summit discussion with Alyea Sandovar, was delightfully motivating. He emphatically reminded his listeners that creativity doesn’t have to involve paint brushes or massive slabs of stone. It can be invoked with computer code represented by scribbles on scraps of paper. It…

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Toys as Texts: A Multimodal Experience on Toys – Danielle Almeida

Toys as Texts: A Multimodal Experience on Toys: Dr. Danielle Almeida presented an overview of her concepts for the 2021 Playful Creative Summit in conversation with Alyea Sandovar. WOW. Dr. Almeida defines toys as a language, with implications for how children interact with toys and how parents can choose toys. The language is complex, involving…

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