Plaful City USA Leaders' Summit

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About the Playful City USA Leaders Summit

Get ready for Bold Goals and Big Ideas! The KaBOOM! 2nd annual Playful City USA Leaders Summit, made possible by the Humana Foundation, will bring together select Playful City USA teams that are at the vanguard of growing the playability movement.

The exclusive, invitation-only event will serve as a forum to:

Agenda

Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Opening Remarks: Darell Hammond, CEO & Founder, KaBOOM!
  • Greetings: Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana, Inc.

Leadership Panel on Play
Across America, cities and communities are engaged in a fierce contest for the future. They are competing for residents—including families who will breathe energy and enterprise into their neighborhoods—and looking for innovative solutions to address their complex challenges. A critical and often untapped solution is Playability, which is the extent to which a city makes it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play. Just as cities have embraced walkability and bikeability, Playability should be examined and embraced, as it can transform communities by moving the needle on countless urban challenges. Panelists representing the nonprofit, business and government sectors will discuss the current state of play in our cities and the importance of making play easily accessible for all residents.

  • Moderator: Jordan Shapiro, Contributor, Forbes Magazine
  • Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana, Inc.
  • Darell Hammond, CEO & Founder, KaBOOM!
  • The Honorable Kim Bracey, Mayor, York, Pennsylvania
  • Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities

Team City Bold Goal & Big Idea Sharing
For the past four months, 12 Playful City USA communities have been working in multi-sector teams to determine how play can help them to address their city’s greatest challenges. In this session, these Team Cities will each get an opportunity to present their Bold Goals and Big Ideas. Following their pitches, a panel of experts will provide high-level feedback and insights to help the teams refine their goals, ideas, and next steps.

Summit Framing:

  • James Siegal, COO, KaBOOM!

Panel of Experts:

  • Moderator: Grace Kim, Director Strategy and Partnerships, GOOD/Corps
  • Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities
  • Stockton Williams, Principal, HR&A Advisors
  • Karen Lee, Global Health and Built Environment Consultant
  • Ryan Chao, Vice President, Civic Sites and Community Change, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Todd G. Prewitt, MD, FAAFP, Director, Chronic Care Strategies, Health Guidance Organization, Humana, Inc.

Session A: Team Cities receive consultation on their Bold Goals and Big Ideas from subject matter experts.

Subject Matter Experts:

Behavioral Research

  • Sarah Welch, Senior Associate, ideas42

Built Environment

  • Karen Lee, Global Health and Built Environment Consultant

Collective Impact

  • Grace Kim, Director Strategy and Partnerships, GOOD/Corps

Community Development

  • Ryan Chao, Vice President, Civic Sites and Community Change, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Community Outreach

  • Jeff Sunderlin, Program Manager, Pioneering Healthy Communities, YMCA, USA

Early Education

  • Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Economic Development

  • Stockton Williams, Principal, HRA Advisors

Health

  • Karen Lee, Global Health and Built Environment Consultant
  • Robert Block, MD, FAAP, Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fan Tait, Associate Executive Director and Wellness, American Academy of Pediatrics

Play/Creativity

  • Michael Laris, Director, Product Development and Strategy, Playworld Systems
  • Hedda Sharapan, Director, Early Childhood Initiatives, The Fred Rogers Company

Policy & Underserved Communities

  • Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Safe Routes to School

Technology

  • Lance Henderson, CEO, Zamzee

Transportation

  • Deron Lovaas, Director, Federal Transportation Policy, Energy & Transportation Program; National Resources Defense Council

Session B: This interactive session will engage non-Team City attendees in an open exploration of the many opportunities that play provides for radically rethinking cities as fun, safe, family-friendly environments.

Team Cities briefly reconvene to begin refining their Bold Goal and Big Idea based on feedback and recommendations received from subject matter experts and panelists.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Researchers from a cross section of disciplines will present on the effects of toxic stress and the role of play as a preventative factor; using behavioral economics to determine bottlenecks that prevent play within the decision-making pathway and solutions for overcoming these bottlenecks for cities; the importance of evaluation and potential methodologies of evaluation for cities to use; and the results of the first Playability Survey.

  • Toxic Stress: Dr. Bob Block, Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Using Behavioral Economics to Build Playable Cities: Sarah Welch, Senior Associate, ideas42
  • The Importance of Evaluation With Humana and KaBOOM!: Carlos Mora, Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan and Trevor Leutscher, Research and Evaluation Director Interactive, Inc.

Facilitated Session on Play Everywhere and Equity

Attendees will be split into two groups to discuss and brainstorm the concept of Play Everywhere. One group will define what Play Everywhere looks like: how do we reimagine our cities to be family-friendly, everywhere? The other group will discuss equity: how do we make Play Everywhere accessible to all, including the low-income kids who need it most? The two teams will then reconvene to share their key insights with each other.

Session A: This second (and final) Team City Huddle provides teams with an opportunity to refine Bold Goals and Big Ideas for the final report out.

Session B: Non-team city attendees will gather to reflect on fresh insights and crystallize their vision of what playful cities should like.

Everyone will share their key takeaways and what they are most excited to implement when they return to their communities.

  • Darell Hammond, CEO & Founder, KaBOOM!
  • James Siegal, COO, KaBOOM!