We're pleased to present John E. Kobara, EVP and COO of California Community Foundation (CCF), as this month's featured guest! If you're in LA, please join us for an evening of wine & cheese and creative conversation as John shares his insights from decades of mentoring and helping Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and young people find strength in what they value, enjoy and love! Q & A to follow. At the Hub LA. Doors open at 6pm, presentation begins at 630pm.
Imagination Salons bring together Los Angeles community members and stakeholders for an evening of wine & cheese and creative conversation. Salons are free with RSVP and open to the public. To receive news and updates about future Imagination events, please join our Imagination Mailing List. Imagination salons are held at the Hub LA in downtown Los Angeles (unless otherwise specified). To recommend a speaker for this series, please email email@example.com.
We're pleased to announce our first Imagination Salon of 2014! If you're in LA or passing through on January 29th, please join us for an evening of creative conversation with Jessica Berlinski, chief learning officer of If You Can, the game company led by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins. Jessica will talk about her work in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), how the soon-to-launch ‘IF...’ adventure game teaches kids skills like compassion and perseverance, and how commercial innovation has the potential to power social change. Q & A to follow.
The results of the 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge Video Contest are in! We received a ton of great submissions, making the task of choosing winners exciting but very difficult! We'd like to send out a special super-sized High Five to everyone who took the time to get behind a camera and share what was happening in their neck of the woods. Below are this year's video winners along with a playlist of all the 2013 Cardboard Challenge videos we could find -- so that you can relive the craziness and the magic. THANK YOU to Adobe and Makedo for generously donating prizes for this year's contest. And now for the winners...though you are all champions in our book!
The 'We-Are-The-Future-Of-Movies' Award(Grand Prize) The students of the Film Club of the Out-of-Door Academy | Sarasota, Florida For really capturing the spirit of the Global Cardboard Challenge, and showing us the power of creativity and collaboration.
The 'Just-A-Magical-Day-In-the-Neighborhood' Award (1st prize) Melrose Elementary | Los Angeles, California
The 'How-To-Ruin-A-Good-App-And-Tell-A-Great-Story' Award(2nd prize) Saigon South International School | Saigon, Vietnam
The 'Fun-Is-A-Universal-Language' Award(tied for 3rd prize) La Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad Anáhuac Mayab junto al Proyecto Baktún | Ko'ox Báaxal, Mexico
The 'Best-Choreography-and-Narration-and-We-Ruled-the-BBC' Award(tied for 3rd Prize) St Saviour’s C of E Primary School LHoF | London, UK (Jump to 1:30 for one of our favorite moments)
The 'Most-Likely-To-Win-An-Oscar' Award (Movie Trailer Contest Winner) Jericho Elementary in Jericho, Vermont
The 'Titans-of-Stop-Motion' Award (Movie Trailer Contest Winner) Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
Check out more awesome videos on our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge Video Playlist. (Leave a nice comment to make somebody's day.) If we missed your video, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the collection :-)
With Thanksgiving a few days away, we'd like to take a moment to thank our wonderful community of parents, teachers, business and community leaders, and kids who are helping to make the Imagination mission a reality. Special thanks to Mattress Firm and Makedo for their awesome support in making this year's Global Cardboard Challenge bigger and better than ever. And of course, thanks to Caine for building his amazing arcade and being an inspiration to kids all around the world.
Cardboard Challenge in Boyle Heights, CA. Photo courtesy of Hollenbeck Middle School.
On the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine's day (Oct. 5th), we hosted our flagship 'Day of Play' Cardboard Challenge in Boyle Heights with the help of the staff and students of Hollenbeck Middle School, City Year LA, Playworks, LA Makerspace, Trash For Teaching and the Los Angeles Public Library. Around the world, we were joined by hundreds of other Cardboard Challenges, with communities coming out to play, create and celebrate the imagination of kids everywhere.
To date, we have 85,559 registered participants in 46 countries including Australia, Mexico, Finland, Thailand, Chile, Nepal, Rwanda and most recently, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kids built awesome arcades, elaborate Rube Goldberg machines, geodesic domes, robots, medieval castles, shadow puppets theaters, subterranean cardboard tunnels in their libraries and more. Some used their creations to fundraise for their favorite causes, including UNICEF, Cookies For Cancer, local animal shelters, food banks, and the Imagination Foundation.
Photo credits - Clockwise from top: Castles in New Brunswick, NJ - Vanessa Jones; Creations in the streets of Central Geelong, Australia - Jodie Reyntjes; Merida, Mexico - Nancy Guerrero; Tokyo, Japan - Amber Dohrenwend; Kigali City, Rwanda - Victor Gavick; Manchester, Massachusetts - Brookwood School; KIPP Illuminar in Los Angeles - Shadi Seyedyousef.
This year also saw some great international collaborations: a school in Manchester, Massachusetts partnered with a group in Kigali City, Rwanda; students crossed time zones to have conversations over Skype; and the world's largest virtual Cardboard Challenge was recently staged in Australia. Some teachers used the Cardboard Challenge to introduce students to Genius Hour, project-based learning, design thinking and entrepreneurship. Others tied their lessons to S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math), writing, and visual arts.
Best of all, kids, parents and teachers came together, let their imaginations run loose and had a blast in the process.
Here is our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge in pictures. We'll be announcing the results of our Video Contest after the holiday so stay tuned for new videos and more Imagination stories. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!