Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

Beschuit met muisjes! A paternity leave breakthrough in the Netherlands

Published October 26, 2017

“Beschuit met muisjes” is the typical Dutch treat to celebrate the birth of a child in the Netherlands. They are crackers topped with little candies, blue or pink, for which… Read more

Let’s hear it from the children: How engaging young children, parents and caregivers in city building means creating better cities for all

Published October 25, 2017

Think about your city. What if the needs of young children and their caregivers were prioritised (not just considered) in city decision making? How would it look different from what… Read more

95 cm: the city at toddler level – how focusing on young children is changing my perspective on urban planning

Published October 20, 2017

From October 10 to 14, urban experts and trend setters from all over the world were gathered in Amsterdam at the annual forum held by the Project for Public Spaces:… Read more

How cities can use dashboards to make better decisions about early childhood

Published October 19, 2017

One of the tools used by cities as they collect more data is a “dashboard”: a tool for collating and sharing data in an accessible format. A dashboard can be… Read more

Games and art bring Bogotá community together

Published October 17, 2017
Crezco con mi barrio - Bogota95 - Bernard van Leer Foundation

The first Urban95 Crezco con mi barrio (“Growing with my neighbourhood”) experimenting exercise took place on Sunday October 1, with the purpose of giving public space back to the people… Read more

Coaching and connecting – how we’re getting cities interested in Urban95

Published October 9, 2017
Coaching and connecting – how we’re getting cities interested in Urban95 - Bernard van Leer Foundation

I started working with the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 initiative earlier this year after leaving KaBOOM!, the US-based non-profit I had run for 20 years. KaBOOM! began with a… Read more

Why Walking Is So Good for Parents, Toddlers, and the Cities Where They Live

Published October 2, 2017

Planning and managing cities has become one of humanity’s defining challenges, yet it is hard to know how to plan for what a city needs now and in the future… Read more

Building together an action plan in São Paulo

Published September 17, 2017

After an intensive six-month process, the Reference Centre for Early Childhood – a project funded by BvLF as part of its Urban95 work in Sao Paulo – has prepared a… Read more

How the Bogotá Urban95 team chose where to pilot their work

Published September 17, 2017

In which area of Bogotá should we pilot our Urban95 intervention? We spent four months gathering and analysing data to choose first an area of the city, then a central… Read more

Empowering the last mile workers - Scaling up early learning programme through workforce development

Published July 3, 2017

Seven thousand people to be trained in three months? Are you crazy? This is what I was told by Professor Mukti Kanta Mishra, President of Centurion University of Technology and… Read more