WE ORGANIZE DIGITAL DETOX CAMPS AND COMMUNITY SPACES IN ORDER TO SHIFT THE CULTURE OF WORK AND JUST PLAY.
If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice.
Reset is a social enterprise that was birthed in 2015.
We are attempting to address feelings on disconnection and divide in communities through providing resets at our Camp Reset, Community Centre and within organizations. We facilitate our resets through digital detoxing and creating experiences informed by justice and play, or just play.
We recognize that justice and play are two concepts not often connected, however, we feel there is a need to explore radical approaches to heal individuals and communities in light of the state of the world. There is no winning in just play - we play simply for the sake of playing and for connection, rather than competition especially given how powerful play can be as a tool for learning.
Reset was founded in 2015 and its original form was an adult digital detox summer - Camp Reset - that was hosted every summer from 2015-2019 in southeastern Ontario. In total, we hosted seven multi-day camps that ranged in size from 30-300 people.
When the pandemic began and we canceled Camp, we used the unanticipated time and space to explore how we could apply our learnings from our camps towards the much-needed social recovery in our cities. Given our experiences around fostering connection, we felt we had a role to play at a time of mass disconnection.
This need combined with insights from a community engagement process resulted in the creation of the Pop-Up Playground, which was an audio experience created by +80 artists, researchers, psychologists, designers and volunteers who were collectively trying to answer the question, “How might we reverse the culture of social distancing?”
The success of the playgrounds, coupled with the research conducted with those who attended them, led to our next two initiatives in the city: the Reset Community Centre and One Big Hug.
These activities are led by a Collective, governed by a Board and guided by our advisors, as well as the Reset and local communities
Camp Grounded who provided the initial spark for a digital detox adult summer.
Everyone who attended the first Camp Reset for believing and becoming the founding community.
Ecology Retreat Centre for hosting the first reset and many more after that.
Everyone who attended and co-created a reset experience between 2016-2021.
Everyone who volunteered their time, labour and love on the Reset team between 2016-2021.
Everyone who provided feedback and ideas for Reset rebrand and strategy in 2017-18.
Our inaugural Reset Residency cohort in 2018.
Everyone who gave their time to help reimagine the future of Reset in 2020-21.
Shazia, Wilson, Amy, Adil, Michelle, Melissa, Adam, Cindy, Sam, Katya, Angus, Tim, Fatima, Chidi, Dylan, Luke and Jeremy for providing the extra energy so that we could host over 50 pop-up playgrounds in 2021.
Andres, Arati, Andrew and Adil for providing the financial resources required to enable the playgrounds.
The 42 Communities team for enabling the Vaughan Road space.
Temwa for providing the words, wisdom and memes.