Briony Hynson, former Social Design fellow, gives TEDxWomen talk

“Play is necessary for everyone, children or adults,” said Hynson as she opened her TEDxWomen talk on Thursday, December 5th at The Women’s Exchange in Baltimore. As Hynson clicked through her slide show of photos, she spoke about the importance of creating safe and sustainable spaces for children in blighted neighborhoods. “The sites should evolve over time,” she said. “They should be responsive to what the children need but also to what they want.”

The spaces that Hynson spoke about are in the East Baltimore neighborhoods of Oliver, Johnson Square and Greenmount West. The Bethel playscape was designed and created as part of Hynson’s Social Design Fellowship following her graduation from MICA’s Masters in Social Design. She has since started a full time position at the Neighborhood Design Center as Deputy Director, but with Deutsch Foundation support, continues to oversee the playscape projects in all three neighborhoods.

The other women who spoke at the afternoon conference included Ekemini Udofa of Association of Women in Science (AWIS), Molly Corbett of Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) and Sheela Murthy immigration lawyer and founder of the MurthyNayak Foundation. Sitting amongst some of Baltimore’s most accomplished and dynamic female leaders made the hallowed history of the Women’s Exchange and it’s 19th century building that much more powerful.

Stay tuned for more info on Briony Hynson and the  activation of the two new playscapes in Johnson Square and Greenmount West.

On January 31st, 2014 TEDxBaltimore will be held at Morgan State University from 9AM to 5PM. Many local innovators and entrepreneurs will be featured including Nick Cienski, Senior Director of Innovation at Under Armour, Joseph T. Jones, Jr., the founder of The Center for Urban Families, Molly McGrath Tierny, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and many others.


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