From our desk: A bimonthly newsletter exploring community, parenting and play.

From our desk: A bimonthly newsletter exploring community, parenting and play.

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Through Nooks, we are designing an ecosystem where we are creating communal aspects of learning and human development as a dominant social value. We are giving importance to these aspects to actualize the greatest human potential.

“There can be no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”.  Nelson Mandela.

Welcome to the Bi-Monthly Newsletter from Parents’ Nook. This space we are creating is a space of reflection and action. We are trying to create care-paces for families based on the local parenting community’s needs and thus creating a local economy thriving through the public goods phenomenon. So we encourage you to participate. We believe that on-the-ground community experimentation will provide us the inspiration and guidance needed for taking the project ahead as per individual community’s needs. Our aim is to build complex adaptive systems for parenting communities attuned to the needs of the people and little humans participating in it.

Our dream: We reimagine a world where Nooks collaborating with neighborhood public spaces may become a futuristic public good scenario, and support and regenerate the community care-economy in the process.

Observation:The pandemic has brought the issue of child stress and anxiety to the forefront, but focusing on the mental health of the parenting community  should not be a reactionary trend to our current  challenges. Nurturing the whole child by offering an environment that helps children stay balanced and thrive both academically and emotionally needs to become a mainstay culture in our community.

As we think and reflect on the topics, we would also like to raise a few questions in this edition of our newsletter which we would like to explore with you all.

Questions we are exploring while building the project:

We have been researching and working with families, caregivers, educators and technologists for the last 4 yrs and wondering  what that world might look like where raising children might become a community effort ? What Does that community look like? Is it even a model possible or we are dreaming a world of utopian dreams? Where do we start to create such a world? Is it even a possibility?
And how does technology might step in to create such a world?

Through Nooks, we are designing an ecosystem where we are creating communal aspects of learning and human development as a dominant social value. We are giving importance to these aspects to actualize the greatest human potential. And we invite you to participate in building this world with us together. We will start with a few details over the next few newsletters in how we are approaching while trying to solve the problem, we would love to have your thoughts, guidance and participation as we build this together.
In today’s newsletter we are exploring the concepts of co-operation, plurality and their relationship to Nook play spaces.

Co-operation, plurality and their relationship to Nook play spaces
Observation: Quote “ Education must not be what it has been, our children are tomorrow’s already. We must educate them openly in the world, without pretension of profession. Their world will not be the one we have known, we must create a world where we are not instilling yesterday’s

What we are up to:

How you might be able to get involve/participate:

Restarting in-person Nooks from June 15th:
We are  delighted to share with you all that we will be able to start Nooks @ Oakland Museum from 15th June Onwards.Registration details and Nook Event Calendar and more information here:

Registration Details
Our Mission: Families need open-ended childcare and accessible resources that are an integrated part of their community. We need environments where our kids can flourish. Parents are struggling to balance work and parenting. Basic human needs -- connection, security, community -- are going unmet. Th…
Nook Event Calendar
We are re imagining neighborhood parenting community. We believe that children are amazing and open-ended Play is magic. And we are connecting the dots.

We are looking forward to get in touch with caregivers/educators from the local community. If you are a mom/a caregiver/an educator or someone interested in being a facilitator we would love to get in touch. More details here:

Play Facilitators
A very warm welcome to you! “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison As a community, we have always believed that loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years of life, and we have

If you are an educator living in the East Bay (preferably near Oakland), is aware of our philosophies and has been observing our offerings for the last 3 years, we might want to get in touch with you. We believe there are various other ways that might open up as we have a conversation. We are creating a co-op network of parents, educators and caregivers from our local communities aligned with the shared vision of providing open ended play and a nurturing environment for local communities thus supporting and creating a local economy that is thriving for everyone involved. We believe this is a Common Goods Phenomenon.

Creating our own “pluriverse” : As an educator , a commons’ phenomenon.
“A true “learning society”, which would not just find opportunities for learning within existing systems of law, culture and labor markets, but create whole new systems guided by the idea of maximizing educational opportunities for lifelong learning.”

We look forward to listening to you and your needs as a community member  and how this community project might be able to support you and your family.

With gratitude

Stewards from the Parents' Nook Community.

Our plurality :We deeply believe and are committed to the principles of balance and interconnectedness amongst us and we believe that the purpose aligned collective plays a huge role in raising children. Its an ecosystem that is based on our collective principles, codes, connections and actions that allow the project to support as many needs a parent and an educator face as possible.We also deeply believe that each part of the project has a role in that the transformation of the whole is only possible with the participation of all parts. We say we are cooperative because all initiatives and individuals involved are based on mutual support, solidarity and equity.


I am a mom living in the SF Bay Area and have been working full time on the project Parents' Nook now as a co-creator and researcher connecting its social and economic aspects to technology.