American Identity: John Sitilides on Origins, Legacy and DestinyJohn

By Katharine Eaton America plays a significant yet complex role in the world. That role is often misunderstood by America’s citizens, allies, as well as its adversaries, according to John Sitilides. A 30-year veteran of government affairs, John is an expert on global risk, geopolitical strategy, and national security issues. He notes that America’s culture […]

Patty Azzarello: Finding Success Through Unstructured Conversations

By Gabrielle Garofalo Not too many executives start their tenure by speaking one-on-one with the 100 employees they’ll lead. But that’s what Patty Azzarello did before entering a leadership role at Hewlett-Packard (HP). “The beauty of this approach is that people feel like their ideas have been honored and considered, so they are motivated to […]

Kory Stamper: Communicating Identity, Influencing Perception with WordsKory Stamper

By Katalin Gyurian Toth We are taught Standard English in school, but that doesn’t mean we all speak English the same way. “How we speak is one of the markers of our identity,” says Kory Stamper. A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, she explains that our individual dialects are what keep the English language dynamic […]

Heather Berlin: Learning from Disorders of the SelfHeather Berlin

By Tommy Chung Millions of people are affected by psychiatric illness, yet despite its prevalence, many people are uninformed and misinformed about these illnesses and their impact. Dr. Heather Berlin, a cognitive neuroscientist and a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, believes the more we know about psychiatric […]

More Than One Life to Live: David Orban on ‘Parallel Lives’David Orban

By Vera Boateng Who are we? How do we evolve? David Orban posits these questions from his perspective as an investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. He is the managing partner of Network Society Ventures, a seed stage global venture investment firm that seeks to invest in disruptive […]

Leading Thinkers to Share Ideas on Identity at TEDxNavesinkTEDx speakers

Asbury Park, N.J. (March 1, 2017)- Leading thinkers in technology, science, gender, business and art, along with a former governor who now helps rehabilitate ex-convicts, will share how identity shapes perceptions and reality at the TEDxNavesink IDENTITY conference. The event will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, N.J. […]

Sir George Martin and the Beatles had a Backbeat, Ken Womack has the BackstoryWomack

By Katharine Eaton Iconic, innovative and hugely influential to this day, the Beatles remain one of the—if not the—greatest music groups of all time. Ken Womack says that the story behind the Fab Four’s famous songs might hold as much inspiration as the music itself. An internationally-renowned Beatles critic and historian, he has published four […]

Envisioning a New Life: Former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey Helps Ex-Inmates Start FreshMcGreevey

By Lindsey Konkel Sometimes it’s the darkest moments that help us understand who we are and what we want to become, says Jim McGreevey. The former New Jersey governor knows a few things about the struggles of self-discovery. In 2004, he disclosed openly for the first time that he was gay amidst a high-profile controversy […]

TEDxNavesink Speaker Jean Malpas Featured in National Geographic’s Gender Revolutionjean malpas

By Jane Lai There is no doubt gender has been a hot topic of discussion—in the media, politics, and education—which has inevitably infiltrated everyday conversations. But what actually is gender? And what are the facets that compose the intricate identities of the spectrum? Jean Malpas, a psychotherapist, explores these questions in his work with transgender […]

Permaculture: More Than Growing a Sustainable FutureSean Walsh

Nature is thought to be one of life’s greatest teachers and a bedrock tenet of our existence as human beings. This certainly is true with Sean Walsh, principal and lead designer at AppleSeed Permaculture. “My best memories of growing up are of daily forays to climb up trees and through shrubs, catch frogs and lizards, […]