Ilana Ben-Ari - Wild Business Growth Podcast #125 Creative Toy Designer, Founder of Twenty One Toys

Ilana Ben-Ari – Wild Business Growth Podcast #125: Creative Toy Designer, Founder of Twenty One Toys

We all played with toys growing up. Have you ever wondered why we enjoyed playing with them so much, and why we stopped playing with them as we grew up? This week’s Wild Business Growth Podcast guest, Ilana Ben-Ari, is bringing toys into both the classroom and the workplace. Ilana is the Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer at Twenty One Toys. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast platforms.

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Episode 125: Ilana Ben-Ari – Creative Toy Designer, Founder of Twenty One Toys

Ilana Ben-Ari, the Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer of Twenty One Toys, joins the show to share her journey from playing with abstract toys as a kid to bringing the transformative power of play into thousands of schools and offices around the world. Hear why we learn through play, how the Empathy Toy and Failure Toy work, what skills will be most important in the future workplace, the punny URLs Ilana has secured, and her impression that will quack you up. This episode covers everything from toy design to what we can learn from failure. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What was Ilana’s favorite toy growing up
  • Why are we attracted to the abstract
  • Where did the idea for Twenty One Toys come from
  • Why does playing with toys help us learn and grow
  • What is the Empathy Toy and the Failure Toy
  • What does “Girls” by Beastie Boys have to do with toys
  • What is the punniest URL Ilana owns
  • Her Donald Duck impression

Connect with Ilana at TwentyOneToys.com and on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @21Toys and @IlanaBenAri.

Enjoy the shooooow! Check out the show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

Ilana Ben-Ari - Wild Business Growth Podcast #125 Creative Toy Designer, Founder of Twenty One Toys
Ilana held The Empathy Toy up for the entire interview (kidding)
Ilana Ben-Ari - Wild Business Growth Podcast #125: Creative Toy Designer, Founder of Twenty One Toys

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