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August 29, 2012 | Comment

AboutFace Radio is a talk radio version of the arts and entertainment, interview magazine - AboutFace. Hosted by Jamie Mustard & KC AboutFace Radio focuses on STORIES OF SUCCESS in Portland across a range of human endeavors. The show also focuses on the amazing stories of local Portlanders or those with a Portland “sensibility” that aligns with Portland’s globally recognized & respected efforts in design, business and social innovation.
Listen to AboutFace Radio Podcasts on iTunes - HERE

July 26, 2012 | Comment
December 30, 2011 | Comment

TEN for 2012… (via Fast Company)

Got Commitment?!

June 19, 2011 | Comment

Every Father’s Day, I love recalling the catalytic impact that Preston Playground had on my life so, annually on Father’s Day I like to reprise my 2008 Ode to Preston Playground blogpost - a significant play, sports and man-making locale for me in my formative years. Happy Father’s Day - Preston Playground!

My father was gone by my 3rd birthday—never to return. He left no memories of a stern voice, or comforting touch, “a smell-good” scent, or that weary and pride-filled look of “I’m workin’ my behind off for this family.” I have no memories of nurturing or endearing moments, and no “go git your glove boy & let’s head out back” images to reflect on either. I don’t have one picture of my father anywhere. I don’t have a single snapshot of our family together or of him holding his sons in a bear hug. Read More…

June 15, 2011 | 1 comment

Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. Operating as an independent, neutral, Afghan NGO, the school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment.
PLAY & Sport can change the world…Got Ollies?!

May 25, 2011 | 2 comments

Photog: James Hallock/MKTGINC

TED Full Spectrum Audition. May 6th. Unexpected Email. Gmail Elation! Fam’ + Friends. More Elation! NYC 5/24. Prep. Plans. Scripting. Reservations. Locales. Austin. MKTGINC. Prep. Scripting. Orlando. VanCity/BC. Memphis Blues. GDCBC = encouragement. Nikole/Mira/Molly moments. s/BFF brunch + brainstorm. Scripting. Red-Eye. NYC. Travel Drama. Problem(s) Solved! The Standard Hotel = Welcoming. Preparation. Practice. BBerry Timer. Cityscape view. BBerry Timer. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. s/BFF arrives. Discussions. Brainstorming. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. MKTGINC dress rehearsal. Encouragement. Cynthia’s blessing. MAGIC. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Ryan/Honorable Hospitality + Good Man. Determined. Maritime Hotel/Hiro Ballroom. Dark Descent into “Asian Speakeasy” vibe. LUV it! TED FS tech check. Palpable energy. Nervous Anticipation. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Chasin’ pavements. The Stroll to TED Time! Greetings. Mental rehearsal. The BRUSH + Tasha! GoBikeGo! Event Cacophony. Alone w/my thoughts: nomad. 711. Preston. 754. Coopertown. HHS. USAF. KJC. ATC. OR. KRC. TODTW! Changed Forever. 8/6. 8/15. 9/11. 2444. s/BFF support. Mad respect! Beatbox Genius. GO Time. #13 in the lineup. Inspiring performances. Mental prep. s/BFF support! Backstage prep. Gotta believe. The unexpected BRUSH intro! Beatbox Genius! PLAY! 3 minutes! Play-It-Forward! MAGIC! Applause! Elation. Exhale. KC + s/BFF soul hug. Movement Moment. A Ball Can Change The World. Gratitude. Congrats via Text msgs/DMs/Tweets/@mentions/#FullSpectrum/Likes. 5/24= Memorable! Still chasin’ pavements…

View the TED Full Spectrum Livestream archive - HERE!
Go to Latest Videos Area/Full Spectrum Auditions. Our presentation starts @ approx. the 1hr 50min mark of the program!

Got IDEAS Worth Spreading?!

April 13, 2011 | Comment

See more moments of why play matters - HERE

Got HOPE?!

December 08, 2010 | 1 comment

From Fast Company Design Online/December 5th, 2010 - There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities. I believe they are more entwined than ever before. As the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget once said, “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” A playful mind thrives on ambiguity, complexity, and improvisation—the very things needed to innovate and come up with creative solutions to the massive global challenges in economics, the environment, education, and more. So, my question is, “Are our children getting the play they need to thrive in the 21st century?” According to reports from sources such as Harvard University, Time magazine, Newsweek, and The Futurist, the answer is… no.

Frog Design shares an article to address this creative conundrum: The Four Secrets of Playtime That Foster Creative Kids

Got PLAYtime?! It’s necessary & needed for all of us!

August 29, 2010 | Comment

The Aspen Ideas Festival draws the most influential thinkers to the Aspen Institute for a week long gathering full of debate and the combining of perspectives and ideas. Plum TV correspondent Karen Duffy, was at the Aspen Institute to talk to these leaders and gain insight into their platform on the most controversial issues. One of the most significant topics, the environment, invites ideas of eliminating environmental ignorance and realizing humanly limits within the environmental systems. She also addresses education and play, and talks with thought leaders about why play is crucial for children and the role of creativity in education. The consensus of these visionaries is that all of these ideas are useless unless we put them into action.

May 04, 2010 | Comment

Photog: Swanky Yashica-D
RedBall Project Taipei

The RedBall Project : Artist Statement
Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if? As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.
- Kurt Perschke



January 25, 2010 | 4 comments

Fast Company 01/25/10 - Happiness is contagious, and that “contagious” quality is where design meets the market. Coca-Cola’s Happiness Machine video is a perfect example of how viral happiness can be. The brand’s first viral venture captures what happened when they placed a very special vending machine on a college campus.

Got PLAY?!

November 27, 2009 | Comment

TEDx Vancouver Photog Credit: Kris Krug

TEDx Vancouver* was:
1:10,000,000 (ref: my unforgettable lightning strike moment - see tweets for details), inspiring, insightful, encouraging, musical, soulful, clever, playful, global, energetic, emotional, captivating, celebratory, whimsical, delicious (Memphis Blues & red velvet TEDx cupcakes!) delightful & most of all…it was an absolutely fantastic way for the nearly 150 invitation-only attendees to spend a Saturday in Burnaby, BC!

*What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxVancouver, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxVancouver event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


November 24, 2009 | Comment

A Ball Can & Will Change the World!

See how: Beyond Sport World

Got PLAY?!

October 23, 2009 | Comment


Take the STAIRS more often too!

Got PLAY?!

October 14, 2009 | 1 comment


October 01, 2009 | Comment

“RedBall: Grand Rapids” 2009 | ©2009 Kurt Perschke

Kurt Perschke & RedBall Project are in the TOP 25 in the 2009 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan!! An amazing accomplishment considering that there were 1,236 artists entered in the competition.

ArtPrize is a radically open competition from September 23 - October 10, 2009.

Tonite the Final 10 will be announced. If selected in the final 10 projects, Kurt & RedBall Project will be vying for the grand prize - $250,000.00!

All appendages are crossed for Kurt & RedBall Project.

Stay tuned…

Got PLAY?!

September 02, 2009 | Comment

Mintel, a leading market research company, reviews global consumer trends of 2009…

It’s not going to be all work and no play for today’s consumers. Even as the economy drags people down financially and emotionally, Mintel sees a continued focus on enjoyment and life fulfillment. While people around the world still feel pessimistic, Mintel sees them discovering ways to transform their lifestyles and lighten the mood.

Harry Foster, global analyst at Mintel, comments on the greatest themes in consumer behavior this year:

“At the end of last year, we knew 2009 was going to be difficult for people across the globe. But as we review our five consumer trend predictions, we see that optimism has steadily balanced out stress and economic hardship. The first half of the year was especially challenging, but with tentative, recent green shoots of recovery, we expect people’s attitudes to brighten considerably in coming months. Consumers have a resilient ability to stay positive amid tough circumstances.”

Last year, Mintel forecast five global consumer trends for 2009. Mid-year, the market research firm uses insight from expert analysts and new market research to take stock of how these trends are playing out:

Of the 5 global consumer trends identified in the Mintel report, PLAYFULNESS is included! The PLAY Movement is truly gaining the attention it deserves as a valuable resource to assist the global community’s effort to BOUNCE out of these challenging times, CHASE new innovation & remind us that we all need a little stress relief (aka RECESS  for the soul) - Got PLAY?! Read more…

June 06, 2009 | Comment

Image courtesy of: Kurt Perschke

Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project has gone north to Ontario, Canada and the city of Toronto as part of the Luminato - Toronto Festival of the Arts + Creativity - the annual ten-day celebration of the arts where Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design.

Kurt sent an email alerting me that my efforts to spread the word about his amazing public art project is paying “playful” dividends!

——-Original Message——-
From: kurt perschke []
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 6:14 PM
To: Kevin Carroll
Subject: Toronto Day 1 - The KC crowd
Hey Kevin,
We just stared day one of RedBall Toronto and it turns out the first site was across the street from the Right To Play headquarters! Their board meeting turned into a RedBall day and they were out in full force, I would definitely say they ‘go it’. We also had a visit from a an intrepid group from Invesco Trimark, who said you had introduced them to the project in the last year, they were all over it - literally- and plan on catching some of the other sites.
Just wanted to give you a heads up and many thanks again for spreading the word.
best - kurt

Got PLAY?!

April 29, 2009 | Comment


Sponsor:  YouthNoise
Campaign: What Do You Play For?
Rules: Click HERE to see complete campaign rules and regulations
Duration: March 25, 2009 12:00 AM (PT) - May 20, 2009 11:30 PM (PT)
Campaign 411:
Play City, a campaign created by YouthNoise in partnership with Nike, is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “Be a good sport.” We believe sports have the power to energize individuals, revitalize communities and catalyze change in the world.

Provide an answer to this Q: “What Do You Play For?!”
We want to know how you are using sports to make a difference in your life, your community or the world as a whole.

HOW: Submit a photo that clearly demonstrates how you are using sports to make an impact, and tell us in detail what cause or purpose you play for. Whether you play basketball to stay happy and healthy, run marathons to benefit local charities or coach soccer to empower young women, we want to hear your story. You could win the grand prize of $500 cash or scholarship!

Show me the $:

Grand Prize: One winner, selected by YouthNoise from the top 250 highest scoring entries, will win $500 cash or scholarship.
Most Viral: One winner, selected by YouthNoise from the top 250 Most Viral entries, will win $500 cash or scholarship. Learn about Most Viral.
Sign-Up Sweepstakes: Five winners, who sign up to receive information from YouthNoise by filling out the form in the Campaign Highlights area of the “What Do You Play For?” campaign or that opt-in from the Submit Entry tab, will be randomly selected to win $100 cash or scholarship.

Special Katalyst SHOUTOUT to Trina Chiasson/YouthNoise Play City Blogger who provided the “headsup” for this great power of sport effort by our next generation of human catalysts and citizens. Thanks, Trina!

be heard!

March 30, 2009 | 1 comment


Dr. Stuart Brown’s shares the wisdom and necessity of play in his book PLAY+ KaBOOM!‘s 100,000 play destinations + YOU = DREAM Big destinations for the “kid-within-us-all”!

Dr. Brown shares a powerful “why PLAY?!” message in his book - read it + heed it!

KaBOOM! is an organization that acts as the purveyor of play constantly creating and resurrecting safe destinations for our next Gen of leaders to play and imagine BIG possibilities - KaBOOM! Masnifesto

PLAY serendipity has occurred in the past few weeks with KaBOOM!‘s initiative and Dr. Brown’s book release that should not be ignored.  Discussions on the role and value of PLAY are gaining tremendous momentum and attention - the PLAY movement needs YOU.

We need to recruit PLAY Operatives - individuals with keen, discerning and diabolically playful eyes that can spot great play locales. We need YOU to identify and share the locales of great playspaces that deserve to be listed as a play destination of choice guaranteed to enhance the imagination, ingenuity, and the innovative spirit of young people (and the young-at-heart!). Got PLAY?! Here’s how you can help…

In a unique partnership, KaBOOM! has teamed up with six national non-profits who are concerned about the well-being of children—YMCA of the USA, National Wildlife Federation, Shaping America’s Health, Jumpstart, America’s Promise Alliance, and First Book—to create an online map of more than 100,000 places to play in America.  Two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion and Mercury Nashville recording artist Julianne Hough will be the public spokesperson for the campaign. 

From March 23 until June 30, Julianne will give these select charities $1 for each valid playspace their members load to the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder , up to $100,000.  Thanks to capital support from the Omidyar Network, KaBOOM! is using online technology to activate and engage individuals, alert communities of the importance of play, and motivate individuals to start taking action. Once this comprehensive user-generated playground audit is complete, KaBOOM! and communities will know which areas of the country have a great place for kids to play every day and which areas fall short.

The people who use their playspaces everyday are the folks who will know whether or not they are any fun for their kids.  From playgrounds to skate parks, ice rinks to basketball courts, the more we know about playspaces from those use them, the more we learn.  Take that first step. Make a small contribution to the greater good.

Your actions build individual and community momentum to take the next step towards KaBOOM!‘s vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child.

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