Since 2013, David Spelman has served as Artistic Advisor to the TEDxNavesink ideas conference. In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading" TEDxNavesink brings world-leading TED Talks to Monmouth County, New Jersey, in an all-day live event that inspires audiences to learn and think about the future of the Jersey Shore.

The inaugural event for TEDxNavesink: The Next Wave, took place on Sep 20, 2013 at Brookdale Performing Arts Center in Lincroft, New Jersey. The sold-out audience experienced 25 live talks and performances. Content was concurrently broadcast from TEDxCity2.0 from the Times Center New York, and there were extensive opportunities to meet speakers and network with other attendees, including a reception at the Monmouth Museum.

TEDxNavesink: Play took place on May 10, 2014 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, and facilitates greater openness, tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and generosity. As a consequence, it impacts business, education, innovation, public space, community, real estate values, and culture.

TEDxNavesinl: Accelerators takes place on April 11, 2015 at Monmouth University's Pollak Theater, in West Long Branch, New Jersey and will explore how Accelerators are creating game-changing innovation and cutting edge thought. Accelerators are: catalysts. Change makers. Inflection points. Pivotal moments.

Some of the innovative artists David has brought to perform at TEDxNavesink:

Bora Yoon, the award-wining Korean/American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Bora creates architectural soundscapes using digital devices, voice, and found objects and instruments from different cultures and centuries to create immersive musical experiences for the stage, visual art, film, and dance.

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement.

Kaki King, hailed by Rolling Stone as "a genre unto herself," Kaki King the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded 5 LPs, performed with Foo Fighters & Timbaland, contributed to film & TV soundtracks (August Rush & Sean Penn's Into The Wild), and toured world-wide.


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