Founded in 1994 and incorporated as a California public benefit corporation in 2005, Open Eye Pictures is an award-winning, nonprofit production company specializing in creative, educational media. Taking a unique, humanistic approach, they open the eyes of viewers to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and the bigness in the littlest of things. They turn the lens on places where worlds and assumptions collide, illuminating the new life that springs forth. Telling stories through rich and poetic imagery, Open Eye Pictures moves its audience in unexpected ways.
The National Institute for Play brings the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life through the advancement, advocacy and application of play science. The NIFP draws on research from across disciplines to help define the field of play science and advocates for a better understanding of the breadth and depth of play science. The NIFP also translates play science research findings into play-based techniques for maintaining health and wellness, building relationships and community, enriching education and stimulating corporate innovation.
The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. As an international collective of individuals and organizations, the Coalition recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play. The organization hosts an annual Conference on the Value of Play to share new research exploring the value of play and community sport, and develop new actions and strategies for increasing engagement in play. If you recognize the value of play and want to get involved go to http://usplaycoalition.clemson.edu and click on “Get Involved”. You can also register online now for the 2012 Conference on the Value of Play!
The One World Futbol Project is the creator of the world’s first multi-use sports ball that plays on any surface and never goes flat. Designed to be used in war zones, refugee camps, and other environments where balls are scarce and rarely last long, the One World Futbol Project makes play possible where it’s needed most. To date, One World Futbol has reached communities in more than 130 countries through almost 150 organizations.
InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of your body. The ideas and practices of InterPlay integrate body, mind, heart and spirit through easy-to-learn, incremental forms of movement, storytelling, sound-making and stillness. InterPlay grows out of the 30+ year collaboration of Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter who are performers, visual artists, writers and teachers. It has become a global social movement that has spread to over 60 locations in the United States and around the world. It is based in Oakland, California.
- Stuart Brown, MD
Founder, National Institute for Play; Author, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
- Scott Eberle
Editor, The American Journal of Play; Vice President for Play Studies, The Strong National Museum of Play; Blogger, Psychology Today
- Bernie De Koven
Fun theorist; game designer; author, The Well-Played Game, Junkyard Sports, A Playful Path; winner of 2006 Ifill-Raynolds Award from the North American Simulation and Gaming Society
- Marc Bekoff, Ph.D
Evolutionary biologist; former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder; co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Etical Treatment of Animals; Author, The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior
- Peter Gray, Ph.D
Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College; Author, Free to Learn, Blogger, Psychology Today
- The Flow Fund
- The Pacific Pioneer Fund
- Play Matters
- The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation