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James "JP" Poulter

Senior Manager, Social @LEGO_Group, Consumer Tech Expert, Geek Dad, Worship Leader, The LEGO Group in London

How Lego Taught Me to PLAY

PRESENTED ON JUN 16, 2016
IN LONDON @ VOL 11

In How Lego taught me to PLAY JP (or James Poulter if you like it formal), Head of Social for LEGO's digital kids communities, addresses how the modern world has sucked the play and fun out of everyday life - especially for adults! Has social media has turned us all in spectators rather than participants?

In 6.40 minutes JP shares some ideas for how we can bring the fun back into life, even if it is through the use of modern technology (JP's personal favourite is Snapchat!).

Listen in for the end when JP recites to us a brand new poem, featuring Snapchat!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 12th, 2017.  

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Konnekt and Social Enterprise

BY JOB JANSWEIJER
@ VOL 16 ON JUL 06, 2016

Job Jansweijer designed a game with which children in isolation in hospitals still can play with other kids. They can play different sorts of games that can be applied to the glass windows between them and the rest of the world. Job will share his vision on social entrepreneurship and how to design something that serves the need of people. 

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The Importance of Free Play

BY KAREN KATZ
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Karen Katz has 18 years of experience developing and designing exhibits. Her BA in Anthropology and MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design earned her the position as the Director of Exhibits for the Cleveland Children's Museum. But it was her experience as a parent that taught her the importance of free play which amplified her ability to design truly impactful exhibits for children. 

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Inclined to Play

BY KATHLEEN GIBI
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

With rising obesity rates nationwide, experts are seeking solutions that can survive competing in Americans’ increasingly jam-packed schedules. Kathleen Gibi discusses how a local Knoxville committee answered a national challenge to incorporate play opportunities into existing city infrastructure so that children can “play along the way” in their daily lives.

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Play-worker, a Day in the Life

BY PETER OLSON
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 27, 2017

According to Fred Rogers, "play is really the work of childhood." For many of us, play is for children and work is for grown-ups, but what happens when you grow up and find yourself working at play for a living? As a 15-year industry veteran, Peter Olson will share an insider’s perspective on a day in the life of a Play Worker.

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@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

In the summer of 2018, Ling-Yun Tang spent 2 months in Berlin with her children and fell in love with the public playgrounds. As she crisscrossed the city visiting numerous parks and playgrounds, she was impressed by how well play was integrated into public spaces, and learned a valuable lesson about letting go when it came to letting her children explore and take risks on their own.

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Seeing the World in LEGO: Mixing Creativity, Art and STEM

BY LUKE LYONS
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What if the world was made of LEGO? In this talk, Luke Lyons shares how he sees the world as tiny plastic interlocking bricks.  Lyons, like many children, grew up playing with LEGO, but today he uses LEGO as an outlet for his creativity and artistic side.  He has created LEGO scale buildings of old high schools, university buildings, train stations and designed his own museum specifically for the purpose of displaying a LEGO Tyrannosaurus rex. He discusses how LEGO promotes creativity in STEM education, while still accessing the arts.