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Behold our global network of thinkers and doers: creative, wise & engaged; thoughtful people doing good work. Use the filtering widget to browse in grid or list view.

   

"Rage against the corners."

Leah Alissa Bayer

Project Manager & Designer | William Maston Architect & Associates

Mountain View, CA, United States

Leah's big-picture visioning and integrated, R&D-style approach to architecture stems from her multi-discipline background. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Fine Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, prior to architecture, Leah studied structural engineering for four years. Her architectural thesis, MECHA:spore, afforded her the opportunity to investigate  … [see more]

euan wilcox

Managing Director | Vivant

Sydney, Australia

I am an entrepreneurial digital professional who has thrived on category-changing business opportunities throne open by digital technologies over the last 20 years. I am currently Managing Director at Vivant (working on both client and venture funded projects); and immediately prior was Senior Vice President, South East Asia for Razorfish. I have always had a  … [see more]

"Ask yourself: If you loved yourself unconditionally, how would your life be? What would you do?"

Unni Turrettini

Writer & Speaker

Oslo, Norway

I'm a former lawyer turned writer, speaker, and involved citizen. Whether exploring the twisted mind of a lone wolf killer or the hubris of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, I shine light on hidden secrets and motivations. Underneath anger there is always great pain. Knowledge of human frailties and the conditioned mind can shed light  … [see more]

"We are the sum of our neural connections"

Jean Labuschagne

Philanthropist | The Labuschagne Foundation

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Entrepreneur, expert in next generation neuromodulation technologies and engaged philanthropist. I believe that every person, whether healthy or ill, has the right to be healthier in order to live a better life. In 2015, I founded The Labuschagne Foundation to help fund research in neuroscience and bioengineering along with new advances in integrated technology with  … [see more]

"I love impact people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | FabCafe Global, TEDxTokyo, Waterwheel

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

Rosanna Iacono

COO | Rh7thm

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, c-level executive, non-executive board director, diversity advocate, supporter of conscious capitalism, entrepreneur, wife and mother of twin boys. I'm passionate about creating amazing futures. … [see more]

Andrea Cammarata

Architect

Milan, Italy

I am an architect with a demonstrated history of working in the education and education management industry. I am skilled in most digital instruments for professional architectural design, urban planning, sustainable landscaping, design management, capacity building design and, primarily, BIM. I was adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano for the last 19 years teaching a  … [see more]

Michael Stevens

Head of Concerts & Special Events | Fiery Angel Ltd

London, Great Britain

Washed-up singer, arts manager, fascinated with the role culture can play in building individual and community capacity and motivation. I'm an experienced artistic programmer and curator (ex Australian Chamber Orchestra, ex Melbourne Festival, ex Arts Centre Melbourne), with an extensive practice in the beyond profit sector. I've also had more than a decade's engagement with  … [see more]

Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

"life is for living"

John Di Natale

Founder & Managing Director | Equi Wealth & BIGthink!

Melbourne, Australia

My mission is to prevent as many people as possible falling victim to the "great" Australian dream: "work hard, buy a house, pay off your mortgage and retire". The reality of that dream is in fact, far from great, with many Australians retiring with barely enough to support their current lifestyle, let alone enjoy travel  … [see more]

"Looking for creative solutions - using art and social capital"

Julia Champtaloup

Creative projects and startup investor | ARTCapital

Sydney, Australia

Currently an active investor in startups. Editorial and digital content/strategy for online magazines. Acting member of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) Director's Circle Previously: Founding member and Director of Art Month Sydney, a not-for-profit festival created to expand and promote the diversity of contemporary art in Sydney. … [see more]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Consultant, Facilitator, ... | various GLocally....

Berlin, Germany

"I had a couple of lifes: technician and engineer, planner, consultant, sales and marketing, infographics coiner, environmental management and research, curator, futurist, educator, facilitator, ... in fields as wide as: environmental education, culture, youth, media,... My function is capacitity building along and across scales and cultures in an appreciative, attentive style typical for concerned generalists,  … [see more]

"Vivace! (passion!)"

Amy Drill

CEO | botKitchen

Boston, United States

Left-brain, Right-brain global soul sharing my multidextrous talents in the service of humans, brands, and the social communities of culture that bring meaning to the world. Wheelhouse is new products and new/reinventing brands through deep consumer understanding and insights that matter. Help marketing leads navigate the new technologies to drive innovation and growth - at  … [see more]

"Life is sailing! You need to know your vessel and your environment in order to navigate effectively."

Kornelia Dimitrova

Architect | Reefformers

Eindhoven, Netherlands

My creative efforts materialize anywhere in between objects, buildings and scenarios. In my work, I try to reinvent, revise and re-imagine reality and its future. I enjoy working on the border between science and fiction, which I find creatively liberating. … [see more]

"#open #random #supportive"

Anna Blume

Social Capital Strategist, Impact Navigator, Knowledge Navigator, Artist | Impact Journey

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany and serving clients worldwide. Anna Blume is a Behavior Trainer, Business Developer, Unconditional Universal Basic Income Designer, Social Capital Strategist. Co-Creator of the Impact Journey and works around the World to support Communities. My new project wants to deliver a Universal Unconditional Basic Income (living on the blockchain). #valueinstrument … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [see more]

Adam Alter

Writer and Professor | New York University Stern School of Business

New York, United States

I study human judgment and decision-making: why we do, say, feel, and think what we do, and how the world we inhabit shapes those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most recently I've been trying to understand why we spend so much time in front of screens--phones, tablets, computers, TVs--and how screen time changes how we experience  … [see more]

"Where Storytelling Meets Technology"

Karen Palmer

Multi-Disciplinary Immersive filmmaker | I.F. Interactive Film

New York, United States

My work merges film, story telling, technology and neuroscience to create emotionally responsive cognitive film experiences that inspire and empower. My practice involves creating a sense of mindfulness and "being in the moment" to simulate a physiological and spiritual journey through storytelling and technology. I was recently honoured as part of the Digital Dozen Break  … [see more]

Nick Hazell

R&D Director

Sydney, Australia

Once an Aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, I am now a Consultant and Inventor working on Product, Technology and Business innovations in FMCG. Staff member of UTS's groundbreaking Bachelors of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, I am passionate about food and innovation  … [see more]

Peter Goldie

Partner | Category Design Advisors

Born: Toronto, Now: San Francisco, United States

I'm a marketer, product/business/strategy guy, and an entrepreneur. I'm currently focused on the emerging discipline of Category Design, the art and science of creating a business category you can dominate. In the past, I've started an innovative retail business with my wife; helped create a couple of market dominating software businesses: Maya and Flash (for  … [see more]

Mick Garnett

Head of Marketing & Communications | Variety NSW

Sydney, Australia

I'm a marketing and communications professional with more than 18 years experience across FMCG, Consumer Durables, Sport, Arts and Social Change. … [see more]

"Voice from Earth that talks back to space"

Andrea Boyd

Flight Operations Engineer | International Space Station, European Astronaut Centre

Cologne, Germany

I work at mission control for the ISS so the astronauts can get science squared away. … [see more]

"Keep an open mind, don't be afraid of change, learn to love the unknown"

Andrew de Ville

Designer - Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

25+ years experience as a senior product/service designer in London, Director of Operations and four times entrepreneur/startup experience within Telecommunications, Education, Cloud CRM and SaaS Collaboration Platform. Consulting over the last seven years in Australia in the areas of New Growth Innovation, Service Design, Product Design, Organisational Design, Customer Experience and Business Strategy within leading  … [see more]

"The very nature of life is expressed and experienced as rhythm"

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Sydney, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 10+ years I’ve learnt that all most people consciously (and subconsciously) concern themselves with is the future and how it’s going to impact them. It’s why people devour any media that mentions future business predictions, peruse star signs and seek influential thought leaders as friends. We want to be at  … [see more]

"Creating aware and inclusive communities through the platform of the arts."

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

I help foster future-focused, aware and inclusive societies - through multiple platforms, and primarily with the vehicle of arts and cultural engagement. Within the arts and cultural sector, I am busy with the question of how we can make galleries and museums more inclusive - being relevant to the communities we serve as well as  … [see more]

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