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"clarify, simplify, inspire"

Alan Cadogan

Director | Urbanac

Sydney, Australia

I navigate the space between planning, architecture and development. Ever noticed that your planners, architects, engineers and land owners all seem to speak different languages? I specialise in helping them to focus and communicate to solve your complex urban problems. For the past 25 years I have pursued a career in urban design and planning  … [see more]

"Use what you have in your hands to create social impact"

Ralf Lippold

Strategic Process Specialist, Serial Intra-/Entrepreneur | HTxA - HighTech x Agency

Dresden, Germany

Passionate economist and lean thinker pulled by the value of intersection between arts, science, and exponential technologies to transforming social and economic challenges into elegant ways with current locally available resources. I have lived the first half my life in Western Germany, grew up with Apollo, "Fantastic Voyage" and explored other cultures through home exchanges,  … [see more]

"Responsibly providing the best brands for the best bars."

James France

Founder | Vanguard Luxury Brands

Sydney, Australia

I have worked with major liquor companies in Australia and the US since the early 1990's and started up Vanguard Luxury Brands in 2008. My company imports and distributes the best spirits from Australia and around the world, into the best bars and liquor stores across Australia and NZ. We have fun at every step  … [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]

"Dolaborate and solve problems together!"

Moritz Gekeler

Collaboration Experience Officer | Dolaborate

New Delhi, India

In 2015 I founded DOLABORATE GmbH as a consultancy for creative collaboration and participatory design. Together with friends and partners around the world I help companies, teams and individuals to solve problems together. What fascinates me most about my work: The diversity of the projects and the different people I can work with every day.  … [see more]

"Create desirable and lasting impact"

Nancy Birkhölzer

Managing Partner | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

I empower individuals, teams & organizations to create desirable lasting impact. Before joining IXDS in 2012 I established Fjord's German studio in 2007, grew it to a team of 50 in my role as MD and then took on a Group Director role to build Fjord's global Service Design Academy. Fjord was sold to Accenture  … [see more]

Michael Josefowicz

Retired | none

Brooklyn, United States

In 1972 I co-founded and managed Red Ink Productions in NYC. Clients included galleries, museums, and leading edge designers. RI was a project management service for print centric product. In 1999 I co-founded Chapbook.com. Printed paperback books in classroom editions of 30 for student writing. Had 2500 users spread in every state in the USA.  … [see more]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I treasure connecting and collaborating with others who care about the same. My skills, experience and interests are diverse. I currently work with Digital Storytellers, a social enterprise that's about stories for change.  … [see more]

"Helping create the organisations of tomorrow"

Julian Ward

Exec Chairman and Founder | Rh7thm / R7 Group

Sydney, Australia

I am a behaviourist, founder, futurist, innovator, advisor and investor. I believe disruption is driven by people, not technology. I try to help people see the world more simply, by advising and investing in high impact innovation areas, in order to attain knowledge and insight. With that experience and knowledge, my goal is to help  … [see more]

"Align everyone and get sh#t done"

Dan Canham

Intrapreneur, Innovator, Marketer, Lecturer, MBA

Sydney, Australia

I have worked in Australia, England and Korea (with Samsung Electronics), managing complex projects that are developed from market intelligence and thorough understanding of customers. I am skilled in Human Centred Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies. … [see more]

"Shaping better experiences"

Patricia Roller

CEO | Vidlet Inc.

Los Gatos, United States

I am the founder and CEO of Vidlet, a platform for brands to connect with their customers around the world using mobile video selfies. I was previously one of the owners and Co-CEOs of frogdesign inc., a strategic, creative consulting firm operating in the US, Asia and Europe. At frog I was privileged to work  … [see more]

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann"

Marc Buckley

Sustainable Futurist, Climate Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur | ALOHAS ECO-Center

Hamburg, Germany

I am on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within our planetary boundaries. I am striving to globally reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry. I do this in several ways; by speaking globally on Climate Change and Food Reform. Also by consulting and  … [see more]

McKenzie Wark

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies | The New School

New York, United States

I am an Australian-born writer and scholar, known for my writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, and the Situationist International. My best known books are A Hacker Manifesto and The Beach Beneath the Street. … [see more]

"Designers of business result"

Willem Kars

Strategic business development | Jacobs&Kars

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Considered a thought leader in 'branding for business' I am currently involved in strategic business development. With partner Joris Jacobs we focus on adding concrete value to the client's brand. Thorough research lies at the heart of our creative methods. Less than 10% of the world's population manages conceptual thinking. So let us do that.  … [see more]

"Research designer, author, filmmaker, lecturer, facilitator"

Nora Bateson

President | International Bateson Institute

Stockholm & San Francisco, Sweden

My life & work is about increasing perception of the interrelationality that creates life. Since living systems are everywhere, I work with many sectors, generations, cultures and professionals. The spectrum of people and places I work with is a wondrous laboratory of context comparison... for mutual learning, for the ever lasting study of interdependency and  … [see more]

"Engage, explore, entertain"

Rachel Scanlon

Head of Derivatives | Challenger

Sydney, Australia

I am a financial services leader with expertise in derivatives and funds management. I was born in Australia but, after qualifying as a lawyer, have spent a large part of my career leading teams in organisations around the world, mostly in London and Asia. I returned to Sydney three years ago where, following a stint  … [see more]

"“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll"

Itai Talmi

Founder CEO | BORN PARTNERS

Tel Aviv, Israel

WE CREATE BESPOKE FUTURES IN A WILD WORLD BORN IS A NEW KIND OF A FUTURES RESEARCH & STRATEGY FIRM, SUITED FOR BOLD IDEAS & ORGANIZATIONS IN A WILD WORLD. BORN. WE SERVE FUTURE PIONEERS. TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION. WE LIVE IN A NEW ERA. AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED AND SUDDEN RADICAL TRANSITIONS. THESE CONSTANT SEISMIC SHIFTS  … [see more]

Nissan Graisel

Head of Service Design at EY - Customer & Digital | EY

Tel Aviv, Israel

I am a strategic design practitioner using the design/creative thinking for finding needs and solving problems. And I can't believe I'm getting paid for it! I work with and for people, making sure business organization and social innovators understand them better and are able to create meaningful and relevant new offers. … [see more]

Pilar Opazo

Post-Doctoral Research Scholar | Columbia University

Santiago, Chile

I like both theory and practice. I believe that one's work needs to have an impact and, for this reason, I am always looking for opportunities to apply ideas and methodologies to new settings. My passion is to understand social behavior by looking at agents' (individuals or organizations) attitudes, values and goals. I believe that  … [see more]

Will Berman

Student | Iovine-Young Academy at USC

New York, United States

I am currently a student in the Iovine-Young Academy at USC (http://iovine-young.usc.edu/), an interdisciplinary program that aims to teach students to think seamlessly across art, technology, business, and design. My experience lies predominantly in design -- when I was 15 I started a raw denim company, Unwashed Denim, out of my bedroom which eventually sparked  … [see more]

"Creativity = Imagination + Action"

Nati Sang

CEO & Founder | Makerspace Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I am an Entrepreneur, Inventor, Venture Capitalist, Educator, LEGO Certified Facilitator and a former Buddhist monk. I created Makerspace Thailand as a Community Innovation Lab that provides the tools, knowledge, and opportunity necessary for anyone to be an Innovator. … [see more]

"Envisaging the future to create a bridge to today"

Sam Bucolo

Design Strategy

Brisbane, Australia

I seek to enable businesses to grow and remain relevant through Design Led Innovation; while ensuring higher education programs evolve to match this structural industry shift. To achieve this I sit at the intersection of academia and industry and leverage networks to drive change through a design lens. … [see more]

Michael Glass

Visual Content Producer | Apple

California, United States

I have been working in video and film production since 1995. I started at TED in January, 2007 -- a few months before the TED Talks site was officially launched -- and left at the end of 2014 as the Director of TED's video production. Currently I work as the Creative Director for a startup  … [see more]

"Get up and do your best"

Mick Garnett

CEO | Variety Australia

Sydney, Australia

I'm a leader with more than 20 years experience across FMCG, Consumer Durables, Sport, Arts and Social Change. … [see more]

"Storytelling with Impact"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Fabricating the Truth

San Diego, CA, United States

From the TEDx stage to speaker coaching and storytelling workshops I empower individuals and companies to tell their most impactful story. “The greatest power of storytelling lies in the fact that your story can become part of someone else’s story.” … [see more]

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