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TEDx Play Through the Art of Sculpture

TEDx Play Through the Art of Sculpture

Five unique and talented local artists – Nina Bovasso, Jason Krugman, Lisa Bagwell, Sharon Sayegh, and Erik Johanson  – explored the concept  of play in their sculptures displayed at the Two River Theater in Red Bank for the 2014 TEDxNavesink ideas conference. The gallery was curated by Elizabeth A. Urbanski,fine art consultant and art historian. (…)

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Flaky Tart’s Marie Jackson Found the Hard Way: Play IS the Answer

Flaky Tart’s Marie Jackson Found the Hard Way: Play IS the Answer

Driving past the Flaky Tart in Atlantic Highlands is damn hard.  A pal and I know we aren’t the only ones to grab a post-workout maple walnut scone at this rock star bakery.  Life is unpredictable and difficult and splitting a delicious treat with a sweaty friend is what makes us human and whole.  Owner(…)

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Lois Holzman: What Does it Mean to Be Alive?

Lois Holzman: What Does it Mean to Be Alive?

TEDxNavesink presenter Lois Holzman will be talking about the role of play in psychology. Here’s a taste of her thoughtful take on our themes this year. As a developmental psychologist, I have to keep up with discoveries and emerging movements in a host of fields outside of psychology—after all, human development is emotional, cultural, political,(…)

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Femgineer Founder Teaches Women How to Launch Their Careers in Tech

Femgineer Founder Teaches Women How to Launch Their Careers in Tech

As a software engineer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Poornima Vijayashanker’s gift for technology isn’t as much an asset as it is a requirement. But it’s the way she uses her talent and ambition to help others that makes her work so exceptional. While many of us were busy with crayons and blocks, Vijayashanker spent(…)

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Joe Iconis Collides Rock and Musical Theater at TEDxNavesink

Joe Iconis Collides Rock and Musical Theater at TEDxNavesink

If you find the term “musical theater” conjuring up nothing but images of red-haired little girls and poodle skirts, you’ve probably never attended a Joe Iconis production. A resident of Manhattan, Iconis is a musical theater writer whose shows live on cabaret stages throughout New York City. He performs regularly with a group theater artists(…)

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GoSprouts.org Co-founder to Plant Seeds of Volunteerism at TEDxNavesink

GoSprouts.org Co-founder to Plant Seeds of Volunteerism at TEDxNavesink

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth In 2010, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon sat amongst a group of women, one of whom dreamed of starting a garden. Being mothers of young children, they loved the idea of getting their daughters’ thumbs green while also helping a friend. They reached out to a few(…)

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Jillian Pransky: Journeying to find Passion and Purpose

Jillian Pransky: Journeying to find Passion and Purpose

Jillian Pransky’s voice alone is welcoming and kind enough to relax your spirit and set your mind at ease. Just imagine what it must be like to attend one of her yoga class! Pransky was first exposed to yoga at a young age, when her mother brought her along to an adult yoga class. She(…)

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TEDx Talk: “Feminism isn’t dead, it’s gone viral!”

TEDx Talk: “Feminism isn’t dead, it’s gone viral!”

Kat Lazo didn’t grow up reading Betty Friedan or spend her teenage years marching on Washington, but her feminism is no less genuine. “The Internet was my Feminine Mystique,” she told the audience of TEDxNavesink 2013, where she shared how the Internet and social media have allowed feminism not just to continue, but to go viral.(…)

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Chaucer, Darwin, and Hip-Hop: The Creative Works of Baba Brinkman

Chaucer, Darwin, and Hip-Hop: The Creative Works of Baba Brinkman

Baba Brinkman is definitely not your average rapper. In his creative fusion of classic literature, science, and modern poetry, the Canadian-born artist communicates information through an unexpected medium: hip-hop. And people are listening. “For me, keeping it real means being true to myself and my own interests,” Brinkman explains. And those interests happen to lie(…)

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