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Anyone who’s spent time observing children watch “Sesame Street” or “Blue’s Clues” knows that kids enjoy learning most when topics are made fun for them. And what’s more fun than an giant purple puppet?

A giant purple puppet named Zozo is soon to be the mascot of an urban planning educational campaign run by the Livable Streets Network, like GothamSchools an initiative of The Open Planning Project. TOPP is looking for a Livable Streets Educational Outreach Manager to make Zozo “do for Livable Streets what Smokey the Bear did for forest fires.” Are you “part activist, part educator, part artistic director, and part public relations guru,” with a passion for urban planning and theater education? Learn more at TOPP’s jobs site.

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