This is part 1 of what will hopefully be a multi-part blog series about the pop-up adventure playgrounds we create in our own communities throughout the year. This is an example of how our pop-up adventure playgrounds work, and us using our namesake model and our own...
By MorganThere’s a small thing that’s irked us for ages. It’s probably a common feeling to folks in playwork, given how we struggle to explain this work to outsiders. As an organization that positions itself as a kind of ‘welcome mat’ for...
By ZanOur 2015 was a big Pop-Up year. Even before the year draws to a close, the action doesn’t stop! I am sitting at my desk having just recovered from a 36-hour power outage as a result of local floods. That alone seems to set the tone for our year of...
By ZanSince arriving back in the UK, things have been go go go. Morgan and I are both working towards a PhD in Playwork, but sadly being on the road does not often lend itself to the most ideal study environment. So we’ve been studying hard in the last couple of...
By MorganWe are standing in a circle, facing a fire in the perishing cold. My face is hot and dry while sleet seeps through ill-considered jeans and trickles into my shoes. On a hill, with a steel slide to one side and a view of brick houses and a huge, grey sky. With...
By MorganHasta Luego, Costa Rica! I am typing this on our flight from Panama City to LA, in between stops 3 and 4 of our grand World Tour.We three couldn’t have been more excited about this stop, because it allowed us to visit Carolina and tour Bellelli Educación....
By MorganWe started hosting pop-up adventure playgrounds in 2010, and since then they’ve been held in Australia, Bogota, Cairo, New York… in more than 14 countries all around the world, by Pop-Ups staff and by independent organizers. The response to...
By MorganAs you know, we’re super excited about the Playworker Development Course, which we’ve been running for 2 years now, with 82 students from 12 countries. In March, we were shortlisted for the Playwork Training Provider Award at the UK National...
By ZanOur mission has always been to give opportunities for child-directed play within a community of supportive adults. In a practical sense, it means that we provide support and training for parents, professionals and community members around the world, whenever...
By MorganWe’ve been making pop-up adventure playgrounds, and helping others make them, for 3 years now. Our original idea was that they be a lightweight model for community-based playwork, that they could invite people from throughout local communities to see...
By ZanThe blog for the Shop of Possibilities has been one of my favourite blogs ever since I found it about a year ago. The updates aren’t regular, but the photos are always fascinating, and gives a little glimpse into the life of a possible world. So imagine...
By ZanOur family has lived on this road for around 15 years. There are 11 houses and noone has ever thought to get the 11 families together to do anything! So I took it into my own hands to get my immediate community together, popped round to all of their houses, and...
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