Former Muppet-maker, and Emmy award winning creative director, Gwen Gordon gets audience members thinking, laughing, and learning about the importance of play and its impact on their lives and work. As a play expert, author, Huffington Post blogger, and filmmaker, Gwen weaves state of the art research on play from evolutionary biology and neuroscience with real world examples, and sloshes of humor to convey a compelling vision for what’s possible when your workplace becomes a play space.
Gwen Gordon is an Emmy award winning creative director who began a life of play designing and building Muppets for Sesame Street. She left the “Street” to join an Apple research group at the MIT Media Lab where she built furry computer play stations for children. Gwen started Creatures at Large, a production company based on the Gumpers, her own puppet characters and the non-profit educational foundation, Big Picture Productions, supporting children in hospitals and pediatric HIV/AIDS. Gwen has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison, working with research scientists and prison inmates.
As an independent scholar with a masters degree in philosophy, Gwen draws from across disciplines ranging from literature and philosophy to evolutionary biology and neuroscience. Her insights are grounded in life experience and twenty years with clients and students.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx