February 15, 2019

When I was 5 and under, I had a secret language called "Sigaboley" and only my friend Peter and I could speak it.

February 10, 2018

I sat down with Dianne to talk about her imaginary friend Darcy who she invented around the age of four-years-old. Here's what she said:

My imaginary friend’s name was Darcy. Darcy didn’t really seem to have a gender, [she] was kind of genderless but cool, was I guess l...

October 23, 2017

Many of us remember moments in our childhood play that shaped us. Below are a few memories shared very graciously by Jonathan:

I think I found make-believe a bit intimidating. In kindergarten, we had one of those "parents' days" and we all got to "be" something; so...

June 18, 2017

 Image above by workshop participant Brandon

I just finished teaching a "collaborative worldbuilding" workshop at 826 Valencia. This was the second year I’ve done so and this time the class met in the new Tenderloin facility. It’s amaaaaazing (see the image below). The...

June 27, 2016

Our worldbuilding workshop at 826 Valencia has wrapped up, and in a mere number of hours a world is born

June 2, 2016

The first day of our collaborative worldbuilding workshop at 826 Valencia went down this week.

June 2, 2016

The class is full!! Here’s a massive thanks to 826 Valencia for making this possible and Michele Root-Bernstein, author of Inventing Imaginary Worlds.

January 11, 2016

Codes and Cipher’s were on Meredith’s mind in fourth grade. If you’re not sure what those are, think of Turing cracking the enigma code.

December 14, 2015

From Youwarkee's imaginary world, - meet the neederander

December 4, 2015

At first glance, the planet Iveny looks like a familiar place. It has water, a breathable atmosphere and supports a bustling human population. it could be Earth, if you don’t look too closely.

But if you do…

…you’ll find that Iveny’s universe plays by different rules. As...

April 11, 2015

Every year, over the course of a weekend, San Francisco’s Civic Center is transformed into a giant playground. Except this playground is for children of all ages who’ve hit the streets to take part in San Francisco’s Come Out & Play Festival. Sandwiched between the lib...

March 8, 2015

Alison Gopnik shares her insightful research about children and creativity. This audio is from an event held at the Creativity Museum in San Francisco, March 5th, 2015. Click on the player to hear the full talk.

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