My reflections on Jane’s presentation

Jane presented her vision of how cities can be planned to be more playful for not just children but also adults. Jane completed this project as a participant in the Leading Social Change Program.

Fantastic work Jane! Congratulations. Here’s what I gleaned from your story

“My story is a personal one, … and over the years I’ve learned that taking risks is one of the best ways to improve our chances of finding solutions that work.

I’ve personally found that the best way to learn about something is to do it.

…. it’s actually about understanding and feeling empathy for another person’s way of seeing the world and demands respect on the part of the listener, plus the willingness to be changed by what you hear and witness.

But again and again when I talked to children, they told me that the risky bits they liked best were either off-limits or removed. They were telling me they felt frustrated, and confused. Why were they being denied the chance to have real fun?

Being on the edge is exciting, not knowing exactly what is going to happen next, and water is exciting.

… playful design and planning are essential because they go hand in hand with playful behaviours and active living.

Kids are experts in a number of skills that many of us are trying to re-learn, like living in the moment, resourcefulness, improvisation and imaginative thinking.

Going for a walk, riding my bike, slowing down and appreciating what’s going on are better ways to live,

…. Let’s put more smiiles on people’s faces and remember that playing isn’t just for children, it’s for all of us.”

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