100% of our work serves causes that have a positive impact on real humans in the world around us.
Based out of Washington, DC and Nairobi, Kenya Humans Who Play is a female-founded firm specializing in play, learning and technology for impact. We believe that as humans, play is in our DNA; it’s how we tinker with ideas, learn critical skills and connect with others in our community.
In our years working in the edtech, non-profit and international development space we have seen first hand how play can transform lives through quality education and empower underserved communities to create change. That said, we have also encountered the financial, cultural and technological obstacles that exist for playful, tech-forward learning to be implemented at scale. This is the need we are committed to address through our work with clients dedicated to creating a more human and playful future for all- even when it seems impossible.
As a team we pride ourselves in living our values of being good humans who do good work. And yes, working together looks a lot like play.
Chloe leads our design work at Humans Who Play. She oversees all stages of development, from user research, to strategy, to designing and launching products and programs. Prior to starting Humans Who Play she was part of the early teams at the Institute of Play, Quest to Learn, the Mozilla Foundation and littleBits launching everything from top rated apps, to best selling electronic toys, to a public school featured on the cover of the NYT Magazine and a city wide street game festival in her hometown of Athens, Greece. She has won multiple awards for her work along the way, including some from ISTE, TOTY and Common Sense Media and is recognized as one of the GOOD100 for shaping the world in meaningful and creative ways. Chloe frequently lectures about harnessing play as a force for learning and doing good and is a faculty at the Graduate GameLab Program at American University and the Interaction Design Program at the George Washington Corcoran School of Art & Design.
Ariam leads our programmatic work at Humans Who Play. She oversees all aspects of systems-building, policy, partnerships, curriculum development, training and assessment. Prior to Humans Who Play she was the Learning Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, designing global learning platforms and models for UNICEF’s 190 country offices. Before joining UNICEF, Ariam founded the Nairobi Play Project, a global creative computing initiative which supports intercultural learning and living between multi-ethnic communities. She has also led digital learning programming for the State Department’s TechGirls MENA program, Global Kids and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology. She is a Mozilla Network 50, Coaching Fellow and 92Y Women in Power fellow recognized for her work on digital inclusion. Most notably Ariam has spoken about the power of play for community-building at the US Institute of Peace and UNESCO.
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