February 25, 2010

The Value of Play in the Workplace ›

What do play and work have in common? As you might imagine, that’s something we think about at Playworks. In the workplace, play can be a tool that smart leaders use to bring out the best in people. Playing together builds trust. It’s an opportunity to see our co-workers in a different setting, a more…

February 11, 2010

Playworks Dispatch from the White House ›

“This is not about inches or pounds, and it’s not about how our children look.  This is about how our children feel.”  ~ First Lady Michelle Obama announcing Let’s Move, the new initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation After numerous flight delays and in the largest snowstorm in Washington, D.C. history, I was lucky enough…

February 4, 2010

First-of-its-kind Gallup Poll Links Recess to Academic Achievement ›

Principals say recess has a positive impact on learning; students are more focused, listen better after recess

January 22, 2010

Play, Progress and the Unreasonable Man ›

Recently I was asked to speak at the TEDx Conference in San Francisco on the role of play and creativity. The theme of my talk was based on a quote by George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress…


November 19, 2009

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet at TEDx San Francisco ›

Ashoka Fellow Jill Vialet, founder of Playworks, gave a wonderful talk recently at TEDxSF about creativity, play and Everyone a Changemaker™. Watch it below:

July 13, 2009

Sports4Kids Changes Its Name to Playworks ›

Award-winning program also unveils www.playworks.org to help schools, others make recess count

December 10, 2008

Americans Want Schools to Take Recess Seriously ›


September 17, 2008

Tag, You’re Healthy! ›