Professor David Elkind awarded the BRIO Prize 2007

April 16, 2007

Stockholm and Malmö, Sweden

“At a time of great international turmoil, growing globalization and exploding technological advances, making time for child play seems an unaffordable luxury. Yet, a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics makes just the opposite case. It argues for the essential role of play in the healthy mental, physical, social and emotional development of the child.”

– David Elkind, International Herald Tribune

The Lennart Ivarsson Stipend Foundation has since 1992 awarded researchers and independent organisations with the BRIO Prize for their work within the field of play, toys and child development.

This year's BRIO Prize goes to the internationally renowned child psychologist David Elkind, Professor at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and author of The Hurried Child, Miseducation, Ties that Stress: the new family imbalance, All Grown Up and No Place to Go, Reinventing Childhood and The Power of Play among others.

David Elkind argues that play is not a luxury we should ration, but rather a crucial dynamic of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development for children of all ages.

Today’s kids spend more time on academics, competitive sports, and passive electronic entertainment than any other generation in history. Furthermore, marketing campaigns and parenting “experts” perpetuate the message that out children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant, explicit learning or occupied with the latest “educational” games.

What happened to free time and lazy afternoons of unstructured play? When did it become a sign of responsible parenting to schedule every moment of our children’s lives?

In conjunction with the BRIO Prize 2007 award ceremony, BRIO and Proventus, the majority owner of BRIO, hosted a seminar with David Elkind. The Swedish economist and writer Carl Hamilton moderated the discussion.

Proventus' engagement in BRIO