About Ian Proud

Bio: Market Research Manager, Playworld Systems Inc. “Once upon a time, the value of parks was beyond debate. But that is no longer true because there have been significant changes in society that affect how public outdoor recreation places are viewed, including budget cuts and technology enabling more sedentary lifestyles.” Ian has led the Inclusive Play initiative at the company since its inception, culminating in development of the Inclusive Play Design Guide, a manufacturer-neutral, inspirational and educational resource for inclusive play. He championed development of the nation’s first electronic outdoor play product, and created the company’s first market research department. Ian has a lifelong fascination with trends, the future, and how we manage change. Ian is currently the research and public relations manager for Playworld Systems. He has taught product design, marketing and creativity courses at Bucknell University and Penn College of Technology.

Play is fundamental, not optional

The United Nations recently adopted Article 31, which gives every child the right to play. You can read the full UN Convention on the Rights of the Child here.

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California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

The Golden State now has a new golden rule when it comes to children. The California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism recently released its Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. The …

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Reasons we love play

Friday is Valentine’s Day. In honor of the day of love, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons we love play.

Unstructured outdoor play:
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NRPA board retreat

NRPA NRPA board retreatEarlier this month I was in Houston for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Congress and Expo 2013. The NRPA Board invited its partners and vendors to submit responses to five …

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No costumes required

image1 290x297 No costumes required Halloween is lurking just around the corner. It’s the time of year when children (and some adults) must make a serious decision: What costume to wear? Superhero? Villain? Mythical creature? Literary character?…

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Series of “Just Move” stamps licked

cannonball6 193x300 Series of “Just Move” stamps licked It was recently announced that the US Postal Service would destroy an entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active.

According to Linn’s Stamp News

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Playgrounds are for learning

It is no secret playgrounds are great spots for families and children to play. Everyone knows kids like to climb and run. But because children also like to explore, imagine and create, …

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Since the mid-1970s, obesity rates among American children have tripled. However, recent research reports indicate that we may have turned the corner. The obesity rate for low-income preschool-age children declined between

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