Stuart Brown is founder of the National Institute for Play. He brings play science to education, corporate innovation, sports, parenting, and other personal relationships. Trained in general and internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and clinical research, Stuart is the author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. During years of clinical practice he conducted thousands of personal play histories that collectively revealed how, by enhancing resilience, play spurs physical, emotional, and cognitive development throughout the human life cycle. In addition to lecturing, teaching, and writing, Stuart is also an enthusiastic hiker, biker, skier, and tennis player.
Scott G. Eberle is vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of its American Journal of Play. Formerly in charge of developing interactive exhibits for The Strong’s National Museum of Play, Scott holds a doctorate in intellectual history, and is author of Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame and other works on American history, culture, and play. Currently he is co-editing a Handbook of Study of Play for Rowman-Littlefield and collaborating on a book about the elements of play. In his spare time, Scott is an avid downhill skier and biker.
Joan Hoffman is an educator with a background in American history and particular expertise in the multiple ways in which people learn. Formerly vice president for education at The Strong, she helped found its Reggio Emilia-inspired Woodbury Preschool. Having taught at every level from pre-K to college and the workplace, Joan now divides her time among family, travel, and continuing exploration of how play inspires creativity and imagination.