#185: Reza Marvasti: Unlocking The Power Of Play For A Better Future


I was so inspired by my next guest after spending a week with him in Rwanda, that I just had to have him on the show. Reza Marvasti is the Founder and CEO of The Power of Play – an NGO that builds sustainable playgrounds for children in underpriveledged communities all around the world. Reza is a former professional extreme athlete who after a life-changing event went on a journey of self-discovery. This led him to discover his life’s purpose of creating safe spaces for children who have experienced extreme hardship. By doing this, kids rediscover childhood, process trauma, and make sense of the world through creativity and play.

In this episode, Reza and I talk about his difficult childhood, how The Power of Play operates and builds playgrounds, and how, after searching for so long, Reza found the meaning of life.

Show Notes

03:29 Introduction to Reza

05:22 Speed flying

08:20 Reza’s sports background

11:37 How Reza found his purpose

13:50 How Reza connected to children

15:56 Reza’s journey

18:06 Reza’s first playground 

29:00 The meaning of life

30:56 How The Power Of Play is funded

32:25 How a playground is built

36:37 How a playground impacts the community

40:00 The main goal for The Power of Play

44:37 Reza’s frustration with excessive wealth

48:33 One thing Reza wants to remind humanity of

51:00 Volunteer opportunities for families

52:30 Spencer’s favourite moments in Rwanda

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