This neighbourhood initiative has caused an explosion in new playgrounds being built across the USA, powered mainly by volunteers. The vision of KaBOOM! is for every American child to have a playground within walking distance. To making this vision a reality requires above all hardworking volunteers and good fundraising. KaBOOM! doesn’t just leave interested parties to get on with it, but offers step-by-step guidance, video tutorials and checklists, all on its website. There are online training resources, for example, on topics such as “Getting Business Sponsorships” and “Working with the Media”. This kind of “take it and run” strategy is optimal for scaling: since 2009 over 15,000 playground have been built or improved. For every project initiated by KaBOOM! itself there are ten more which are independently organised using their online tools.
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