Videos and Talks

This page we hope offers ideas of change, REAL CHANGE.  The following videos and talks help introduce new educational outcomes  and inspiring ideas about shifts in thinking about learning and education.

Ted talk: Stuart Brown, Play is more than just fun

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Peter Gray – Freedom to Learn


Peter Gray – Self-Directed Learning Fundamentals

Video made by Stomping Ground (2015). An overnight camp dedicated to self-direction and growing empathy and possibility through play.
Dr. Peter Gray is an evolutionary psychologist that studies how people learn and a huge advocate of play.

Sir Ken Robinson: RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. (2010)
Watch this lecture in full here.

Astra Taylor tells her story of her unschooling life.

Raised by independent-thinking bohemian parents, Taylor was unschooled until age 13. Join the filmmaker as she shares her personal experiences of growing up home-schooled without a curriculum or schedule, and how it has shaped her educational philosophy and development as an artist. (2009)

Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching.

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. (2010)

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. (2007)

Jessica Shortall: The US needs paid family leave — for the sake of its future

In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. The time has come for us to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents (2015).

Matthias Gubler – This is Your Brain on Curiosity

Matthias Gruber is a cognitive neuroscientist in the Dynamic Memory Lab at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. He is investigating why we remember some things better than others. He is especially interested in how curiosity energizes the brain and how we can harness the power of curiosity to benefit learning in daily life. This is a 2015 TEDx Talk.