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Playlab opening

Monday 25 September 2017

PLAY International opens the first collaborative space dedicated to social innovation through sport and games: the Playlab. A place of co-creation, sharing and support, this system aims to enable sport to contribute to reinventing the way our children grow up, to reconfiguring our health or employment responses, to responding to humanitarian crises, etc.


"The need to respond to the many societal challenges forces us to change paradigm: ideas do not belong to anyone, solutions belong to everyone. By placing the collective at the heart of our approach, Playlab must constitute a new lever of innovation for all individuals and organizations seeking to promote social change through sport" David Blough, Executive Director of PLAY International.


A digital platform for collective innovation

More than just a place in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, Playlab is an online collective innovation space ( Inspired by the principles of "crowd funding", the Playlab site is designed as a "crowd innovation" space allowing project leaders to mobilize expertise, content, contacts (etc.) to develop their ideas or initiatives. Change actors will be able to use the digital platform to source achievements, solutions, contributions and create the ecosystem that will support the development of their project.

"The development of such an ecosystem can be a great opportunity to bring out and share new solutions. Digital technology is essential to break down barriers between sectors and bring together those who are driving social change in France and around the world. "William Elland-Goldsmith Director of Advocacy for the SOS Group and Director of Up Conferences.


The creation of a Scientific Committee  

As part of this initiative, PLAY International is appointing a Scientific Committee whose role will be to support this dynamic of social innovation: 

Karin Woodley, Managing Director, Cambridge House, United Kingdom

Haïfa Tlili, Researcher in sociology of sport, University of Paris Descartes, France

Sanjeev Rao, EM Expert Lyon, India and France

Maxime Zennou, General Manager, SOS Youth Group, France

Hélène Joncheray, Researcher in Sociology Applied to High Performance Sport, INSEP, France
Richard Giulianotti, Researcher and Professor in Sociology of Sport, University of Loughborough, United Kingdom

Press contact: - 06 82 22 22 27 73


In collaboration with : 

agence seenk

sport & dev

mouvement up


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