One of the questions people sometimes ask about the Goodwood Deconstruction Blocks is, "What are they for?" I usually respond with something like, "Weren't you listening?" You see, it's part of a bigger conversation, and one which reveals some fairly entrenched assumptions about what play is s'posed to be. We've gotten into this mode where we expect everything to come with instructions, or challenges, or goals. We get uncomfortable with too much freedom. It's like being out in the wilderness! Lions and tigers and bears, right? I'm of the other mind. I'm deeply afraid of what will happen if we let a generation of kids grow up always being told what to do, always working towards someone else's preconceived goals.Read More
aroundsquare is committed to conducting business in a way which delivers benefits at each step. to that end, we're constantly reflecting on questions like who we should be doing business with, from manufacturing partners all the way through to our retail partners. the store that you might see our products in.. those are no accident. we like to support good independent stores, stores which contribute something to the community, stores which care about quality, and care about play.
in addition to making donations of our products to education and childcare centres in the developing world, we also provide special pricing for children's museums, and benefit-driven business which are doing something more than just trying to make a buck.
in keeping with this spirit, we are launching a new program to extend our hand to non-Read More
i’ve classified the goodwood deconstruction blocks series as “open-source toys” in the past. i’ve assigned them a creative commons license “attribution; share-alike” (CC-BY-SA). in plain language this means that anyone can use or modify the designs for themselves.. all they need to do is attribute the design to aroundsquare, and provide the same license for all derivative works.. they can make and sell the blocks, and they can come up with modifications or new version of the blocks..
my intention in doing this was to put the designs out there with hopes that they may do good for somebody. ideas are free after all.. it isn’t costing me anything. there is always a risk that i’ll get ripped off by some profit-driven toy company, but i’m not really concerned about that. it would be much more of a shame for an idea which may doRead More