Alliance for Childhood London Conference
Friday 18th November 2016
In association with the Centre for Community Engagement and Research, Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STACS), Goldsmiths University of London
Where Do Children Play?
When it comes to new development and policies,
Who thinks about the children?
Where do children like to play?
Why is play important?
Join us to discuss these questions
Children growing up today have far too little time or space for their own creative play. As a result we see in them decreasing levels of creativity as well as an inability to solve problems, work with others, and meet life with resiliency. There's an urgent need to restore a healthy balance in the lives of 21st century children.
If you are a policy makers, developers, architects, artists, researchers and involved in any of these areas or if you are a play worker, community development worker, teacher, social worker, parent or young person or in any way interested, you are invited to share your experience and develop these questions with us.
Dr Roger Green, Director of the Centre for Community Engagement and Research, will chair the conference. Roger is an internationally known academic community researcher and activist. He is one of a few UK university academic applied social researchers actively involved in promoting urban community research and engagement. He takes the university into the wider community and works with local organisations and communities, applying co-production and participatory social research methods. His activism involves him with communities across London, campaigning to keep and develop community spaces.
Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and an effective advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. Tim will share new ideas about what child-friendly neighbourhoods, towns and cities look and feel like, and how they can be achieved.
Penny Wilson is children’s Café Coordinator at Glamis Adventure Playground in Shadwell. She came to playwork through a community programme for children with disabilities. Over the course of two decades, she has earned distinction for helping such children play with their peers. She is an ambassador for playwork and has visited the United States several times to advocate for the incorporation of playworkers into American society.
Amina Dall is Director of Assemble, a democratically run architecture, art and design practice whose work spans architecture and urban design, public art, research, community organisation and construction. Assemble’s projects are united by an ambition to make cities more humane, various and joyful places to live.
Paolo De Stefani is a researcher and adjunct professor of international law at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Padua. He has carried out consultancy and research on issues related to human rights and children's rights in the Veneto Region and at the regional office of the public guardian of minors, in research institutions, and in Italian and foreign and non-governmental organisations.
Ragnar Behncke has a life-long academic, entrepreneurial and personal involvement in play. He gained scientific experience of Biological Anthropology as a PhD student of Humberto Maturana and in Brasil and Congo while working with bonobos, the playful apps, with Oxford University. He is a consultant to the Chilean Ministry of Education on how we can promote playful learning in schools. Since 2006 he has been the Finance Director member of the board of Fundación Entorno al Niño.
International Play Day - this conference is in anticipation of an international play day on Sunday 20th November, Universal Children's Day, marking the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Events will take place in countries around the world where the Alliance for Childhood is active and has connections including Brasil, Belgium, UK and US. For more information and to see how you can take part, go to www.alliancechildhood.org
Marion Briggs, UK co-ordinator Alliance for Childhood
Giovana Barbosa de Souza, Brasil