Women's Professional Group "Networks" for GP

Saturday, August 07, 2010 | posted by Jon Heifetz |
City Girls World is a networking organization comprised of young professional women living and working in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas. On July 28, this group hosted a happy hour, attended by about fifty people, at the BRABO restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia's "Old Town" district.

Global Playground's Event Planner, Kirsten Gilbert, explained: "City Girls World had been wanting to do a charity happy hour for some time and chose Global Playground to be the first organization they worked with." She added, "What is unique about this event is the majority of the planning was actually done by City Girls. Global Playground was almost more an honored guest."

The event's primary purpose was to introduce the City Girls World network to Global Playground. Prior to the event, Christie Mims, City Girls World's co-founder, posted an interview with Doug Bunch, Global Playground's Chairman, on her organization's blog, which is read by a large audience and also integrated with social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. During the interview, Mr. Bunch focused on key aspects of Global Playground's mission.

New Video Highlights Project Thailand

Saturday, August 07, 2010 | posted by Jon Heifetz |
Global Playground's Web site now features a new video produced by Julie Rios Little, an independent filmmaker who graciously serves as Global Playground's Film Coordinator. The video focuses on Project Thailand, and is co-narrated by herself and Doug Bunch, Global Playground's Chairman.

The 80-second video captures the beauty, both human and natural, of life in northern Thailand, as well as the great educational need that exists in the region.

Ms. Rios Little, who also created the video on Project Cambodia, has previously produced work for Georgetown University, Medicare, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State. She saw volunteering for Global Playground as an opportunity to "keep connected to those kinds of causes," now that she is working in video production full-time and not always producing projects of this nature.

Personally, Ms. Rios Little has found working for Global Playground to be rewarding, as her own children love to see how she edits the videos. In the process she says, "they get to learn about other kids around the world and the types of educational resources these children have access to."