Patrick Shearn, Artist, on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Designing Our Lives & Our World: Embracing our Power to Create Through Play

Patrick Shearn is an artist and founder of Poetic Kinetics. He creates interactive, experimental art installations such as the recent Liquid Shard, a beautiful temporary installation above Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. Made of holographic mylar that spanned 15,000 square feet, it rode on the wind up to 115 feet in the air. Liquid Shard brought hundreds of people …

Power of Play, Kara Stewart Fortier, Playgrounding

Career Choices Made Playful

Lately, I’ve been giving myself permission to approach a very serious subject playfully. That subject is this: What do I want to be when I grow up? When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. In high school, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I had my whole plan laid out for how I was going …

Finding a Playground that Sets You Free

Keeping your feet on the ground is the number one cause of boring, uninspired lives. In addition to taking care of ourselves and our families, we have every right to play and lead fun, fulfilling and interesting lives. It’s one thing to know that and another to figure out how to do it. Especially if your feet have been on …

What Does Play Have To Do With Health, Wellness and Professional Fulfillment?

Amazing things happen inside of our brains when we play. As Dr. Stuart Brown wrote, play is “a profound biological process. It has evolved over eons in many animal species to promote survival. It shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable. In higher animals, it fosters empathy and makes possible complex social groups. For us, play lies …