TEDxNavesink: The Value of Play

TEDxNavesink: Play took place on Saturday May 10th, at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Play offered two dozen live talks and entertainments on the surprising ways that play is a positive force in our lives. Being at play is a most resourceful state. It facilitates greater openness, tolerance, creativity, generativity, generosity, and curiosity in all aspects of human endeavor. And as a consequence, it impacts business, education, innovation, public space, community, real estate values, culture, and on stage, land, sea, air, and in cyber spaces.


Relive the event or discover these great talks for the first time by checking out the videos below. Don’t forget to share your favorite talks with your friends!




Peter Gray

Peter Gray

The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders


John Dias

John Dias

We Call it a ‘Play’ for a Reason


Mike O’Keeffe

Mike O’Keeffe

Plays Well With Others: Using Improv Comedy to Become a Better Human

Event Photos

  • John Dias

    John Dias

  • Lois Holzman

    Lois Holzman

  • Laurie Brekke

    Laurie Brekke

  • John Shammas

    John Shammas

  • Stan Green

    Stan Green

  • Pat Rumbaugh

    Pat Rumbaugh

  • Baba Brinkmann

    Baba Brinkmann

  • Jens Peter de Pedro

    Jens Peter de Pedro

  • Matthew Urbanski

    Matthew Urbanski

  • Joe Iconis & Jason SweetTooth Williams

    Joe Iconis & Jason SweetTooth Williams

  • Brian Smiga

    Brian Smiga

  • Marie Jackson

    Marie Jackson

  • Tim Sheehan

    Tim Sheehan

  • Dennis Daniels

    Dennis Daniels

  • Poornima Vijayashanker

    Poornima Vijayashanker

  • Augmented Asbury Park

    Augmented Asbury Park

  • Audience (photo gallery)

    Audience (photo gallery)

  • Mark Burgess

    Mark Burgess

  • James Giunta

    James Giunta

  • Gail Woods

    Gail Woods

  • Peter Gray

    Peter Gray

  • Todd Reynolds

    Todd Reynolds

  • Jillian Pransky

    Jillian Pransky

  • Augie Carton

    Augie Carton

  • America Rice

    America Rice

  • Karl Kapp

    Karl Kapp

  • Dorothea Drew

    Dorothea Drew

  • Robyn Stratton-Berkessel

    Robyn Stratton-Berkessel

  • Mike O’Keeffe

    Mike O’Keeffe

  • Arayia Casriel

    Arayia Casriel