As a nation, the United States has the benefit of learning from countries that have already embraced PL principles and frameworks. Likewise, our nation can add value to the global effort. The inaugural step in collaboration was the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program’s commissioning of the first-ever global environmental scan of physical literacy movements.
Among the organizations consulted in the development of the environmental scan was the International Physical Literacy Association, which has established itself as the educational authority on physical literacy. Its website and conferences provide resources, leadership, and collaborative opportunities that benefit a range of countries, all in different stages of developing PL in their youth.
Still, there is more that we can do to collaborate globally. Physical literacy is an issue that many countries are addressing, and the United States should look to grow with them. Ultimately, a collective, global effort validates the necessity for the work that we will undertake domestically.
• IDENTIFY OTHER KEY INTERNATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS who could lead peer education in the United States. Host international PL leaders at events and conferences.
• CONTRIBUTE TO THE GLOBAL CONVERSATION by participating in conferences and authoring blog posts and articles.
• ACT ON BEST PRACTICES identified in the global scan.