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, preschool and academics

rsz_photo_-_children_using_handholds_inside_home_dome_for_upper_body_and_climbing_activitiesThree decades ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen dramatically. Over the years, play has become second fiddle to early academic …

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Driving Empathy – Inclusion on the Playground

Photo - Claude Moore Fun for All Playground, Warrenton, VAIn my experience, most parents of children with disabilities are fully accepting of their family. They do not want their children to change, but they do yearn for understanding or empathy from …

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Achieving healthy New Year’s resolutions through play

It’s that time of year again. The resolve to better oneself is underway. However, as time passes we find our enthusiasm dwindling. Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions are so …

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The Importance of Inclusive Playgrounds

Playworld inclusive playground equipment - Zahra Baker All Children's Playground, Hickory, NCAccording to Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, every child has a right to engage in play. It is a vital part of children’s development …

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Making parks relevant

parksOne of the places that American parks began was cemeteries in the 1830s, where families would go to be closer to their deceased relatives. Since then, parks have ridden waves of prosperity …

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Fewer screens and more time for play

The recent “Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children” post on The New York Times Well blog received a lot of attention. Readers were vocal about the negative impact technology can …

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Parks + Real Estate = Increasing Value

We all know the benefits of getting outside: social, spiritual, physical, psychological … but did you know parks help raise property values in addition to spirits?

Parks unite communities and encourage residents …

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National Physical Education & Sport Week

I passed a middle school softball game on my way home recently. Many of the players were carrying extra weight that seemed to be no problem at the plate, from where they …

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