The Mayor of Calgary, Alberta Canada has released this video about the International Play Association Triennial Conference which will be i... in September 2017. He gets it!! He really gets it!! For almost six years I have had the honor of sitting on the Board of IPA World and am thrilled that the world conference will be on this continent for the first time in ages. People come from as far away as India, Hong Kong, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, Russia and so on to learn from this valuable gathering. 

How cool would it be to bring the world focus to Atlanta in the future?

IPA World is about ensuring that all children everywhere to have the right to play. Did you know that play is so important to healthy development that it is actually a right thanks to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Every time the leader of a major city acknowledges the importance of the city's children by bringing focus to the importance of play I rejoice. I am so proud of my friends at IPA Canada for taking the big risk of taking on something so important. I fell in love with Istanbul at our last conference. Calgary is already moving up my list of great places and we haven't even had the conference yet.

If you're serious about play check out the conference website. If you're serious about a child's right to play join IPA World. And if you're interested in bringing the world conference to Atlanta let me know. 2020 has already been snapped up, but 2023 could happen. Come on Atlanta!!

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