KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play

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This New York Times bestseller is a powerfully moving story of a man from humble beginnings, who identified a tragic problem and figured out how to address it on a national scale.

KaBoom chronicles Darell Hammond’s amazing journey from a childhood spent living in a group home in Illinois to becoming the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, one of the most successful nonprofit organizations in the United States. KaBOOM! has raised almost $200 million, directly built 1,743 playgrounds ...

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Overview


This New York Times bestseller is a powerfully moving story of a man from humble beginnings, who identified a tragic problem and figured out how to address it on a national scale.

KaBoom chronicles Darell Hammond’s amazing journey from a childhood spent living in a group home in Illinois to becoming the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, one of the most successful nonprofit organizations in the United States. KaBOOM! has raised almost $200 million, directly built 1,743 playgrounds with a million volunteers, and has touched the lives of countless children and families. More than just a memoir, KaBoom is a call to action that will inspire readers by challenging them to rethink traditional notions of community and social change.

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“It takes equal parts audacity, creativity, and vision to build an organization as successful as KaBOOM!—and Darell Hammond has that special blend. I’m proud to have partnered with the organization as First Lady of California to bring 31 new playgrounds to the state’s neediest communities, including the first volunteer-built intergenerational playground in California. It’s a partnership that continues to change lives and transform these communities.” —Maria Shriver, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and activist
 
“Darell Hammond’s visionary work is helping bring national attention to the critical ‘play deficit’ so many children face and transforming not just children but entire communities. Read this compelling, engaging book and be inspired.” —Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund
 
“The story of Darell and KaBOOM! demonstrates that true leadership and innovation comes from not only celebrating successes, but also embracing and learning from failures. Through his tireless dedication and willingness to continually re-think traditional approaches to creating social change, Darell’s reflections provide powerful insights into what it takes to become a trailblazer
not just in the nonprofit sector, but in any sector.” —Jean Case, CEO, the Case Foundation
 
“Darell Hammond has led an extraordinary life and made extraordinary contributions to the lives of countless others. Part memoir, part manifesto, KaBOOM! is a passionate story of play’s transformative power to deepen the quality of children’s lives and strengthen the bonds of families and
communities. A searching and practical journey through triumphs and disappointments, KaBOOM! will inspire and enlighten you with the boundless possibilities of imagination, creativity, and play.” —Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
 
“Business entrepreneurs build economic prosperity in a society. Social entrepreneurs build communities and knit social fabric. Darell Hammond is an unusual combination of both. His story is both instructional and heartwarming.” —Ram Charan, bestselling author, What the CEO Wants You to Know

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609619244
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 533,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


DARELL HAMMOND is the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an innovative nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that brings volunteers and community members together to build playgrounds for children across the country. Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,000 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Darell and his wife, Kate, reside in Washington, DC.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

1 Looking Out for Other People 1

2 Half-Full Not Half-Empty 13

3 The Process Is as Important as the Product 29

4 A 7-Year-Old's Grin 37

5 "We've Got a Problem" 49

6 You Can Do Routine Tasks without Doing Them Routinely 67

7 Audacious Dreams 77

8 Transactions versus Transformations 91

9 Play Matters 103

10 It Only Takes a Single Spark to Start a Fire 117

11 It Starts with a Playground 137

12 A Better Us 153

13 Imagination and Innovation 175

14 The Blurry Line between For-Profits and Nonprofits 195

15 What We're Up Against 213

16 When Better Is Expected, Good Is Not Enough 229

Anatomy of a Build 239

Boomerisms 26l

Acknowledgments 265

Boomers, Board Members, and Major Funders 260

End Notes 273

Index 275

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