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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.

   

Maite Oonk

Research coordinator / PhD candidate

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Building design capabilities within KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Researching the 'design effect' on employee happiness. … [see more]

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

I have been working in higher education for several years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams get this, and go the extra mile for engaging education that aims to have a longterm impact. … [see more]

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

Montreal, Canada

I write about linguistics for a general audience. I'm currently writing a book about internet language and the future of English for Riverhead (Penguin). I was the Resident Linguist at The Toast, where I wrote about linguistics of the doge meme, Benedict Cumberbatch names, and more. I've also written pop linguistics for Slate and Mental  … [see more]

"Be present and help great people be even better"

Murray Strong

Independent Chairman & Director

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm a specialist generalist. With experience in aviation, education, tourism, banking, central and local government and a host of others, I've been lucky to work with a lot of great people. That's extended to public speaking and working with speakers in TEDx Queenstown and Christchurch as their speaker coach - fun and really rewarding to  … [see more]

Janelle Doll

Systems Consultant

San Diego, United States

I am an independent contractor who supports small businesses in their systems setup and project management so they can focus on doing the work they love. Throughout the year, I volunteer with TEDxSanDiego and other TEDx organizations to bring events to local communities. … [see more]

"Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kulturtechniken"

Wolf Guenter Thiel

M.A. | Old School

Berlin, Germany

cultural researcher in the fields of comparative studies. i work as a rearcher, editor, publisher and as the head of the cultural institution Old School close to Berlin. My expertise involves at large asian cultural studies and aspects of cultural management on an international level. … [see more]

"Bringing digital enlightenment to Asia Pacific"

Chris Monk

Head of Region (APAC) | Decoded

Sydney, Australia

Decoded are the world's best technology educators. We work with organisations of all sizes and types to teach their people about technology and digital subjects. I joined the company in 2013 and it's been a whirlwind of excitement since then. I moved to Sydney in January 2016 to set up and lead our Asia Pacific  … [see more]

"From the Global Village to A Globe Of Villages"

Franz Nahrada

Connector and Researcher | GIVE research lab - Global Villages Network

Vienna, Austria

Since I was young, I was fascinated about two things: the enormous amount of human possibilities and potentials, and the gargantuan amount of suffering, blocks and inhibitions humans inflict on each other. The main theme of my life was to find out about social and spatial structures that foster both, individual growth and social harmony  … [see more]

"Good Purposeful Work with Good People"

Eric Lynn

Change Provocateur | cultureQs

Berlin, Germany

I am a Dialogue Facilitator, Change Provocateur, Consultant and Executive Coach. For more than 30 years, I have been working worldwide as an Organisation Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach for Cultural Integration, Change and Leadership, where the primary focus is on (Re-)Shaping Workplace Culture by Leveraging Cultural Differences. The learnings from these experiences across multiple  … [see more]

"#open #random #supportive"

Anna Blume

Social Capital Strategist, Facilitator | Impact Journey

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany and serving clients worldwide. Anna Blume is a Behavior Trainer, Business Developer, Communication Designer and Social Capital Strategist. Co-Foudner of the Impact Journery and works around the World to support communities. Impact Journey is an outgrowth of Living Bridges Planet, a global facilitator network inspired by strength-based and social capital approaches  … [see more]

"Making saving the world groovy and fun..."

Scott Bolden

Sustainable Solutions Developer and Designer | Das Baumhaus Berlin

Berlin, Germany

I have degrees in Art and Engineering and practical experience in those fields as well as in systems, product, interior, and architectural design. I also have experience in music and event production as well as a broad range of activities having to do with sustainable development. if a system is sustainable then it means it  … [see more]

"There are no beaten paths for unconventional ideas. And no shortcuts."

Jessica Covi

Industrial + Experience Design | Grete Kraft Atelier

Sydney, Australia

I am an Austrian-born industrial designer who specializes in experiential and holistic product design. After my masters studies at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and some time working in Zurich, I moved to New York City and after working as an industrial designer for frog Design, teaching classes and workshops at SVA, NYU and  … [see more]

"inspired by an open world"

Andra Schumann

Founder | Akademie Bogensee

Berlin, Germany

Our team is on the way to establish a place close Berlin that will welcome every open minded and inspired person in the world to work with us on the idea of sustainability and self improving concepts that will chance the world. … [see more]

Kim Polese

Chairman | CrowdSmart

San Francisco, United States

I am a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. I currently serve as Chairman of CrowdSmart, a competition of ideas among informed individuals on critical startup success factors. I am also Chairman of ClearStreet, a social finance startup focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health. I was previously CEO of the  … [see more]

Laura Gomez

Editor | KLASSIK MAGAZINE

Barcelona, Spain

Founder, Publisher & Curator of KLASSIK MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL Previously VIP Relations Manager and Communications Manager at Markowicz Art Fine Gallery, Miami, Fl … [see more]

Sebastien Marot

Founder / Executive Director | Friends-International

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-International, an internationally acclaimed global social enterprise supporting over 90,000 marginalized children and youth each year. With my team of 700 staff I led the expansion of the organization into 12 countries across 4 continents, developing best practice programs that provide protection and social reintegration services including  … [see more]

Thiri Thant Mon

Co-Founder and Managing Director | Sandanila

Yangon, Myanmar

I am a managing director at Sandanila, a Yangon-based partnership which seeks to provide advice and to bring capital into Myanmar. I was previously at Yoma Strategic Holdings, Morgan Stanley and Capital One. I earned a degree in Economics from William & Mary and an MBA from the London Business School. … [see more]

"Do or do not. There is not try."

Joyce Yee

Associate Lecturer | Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain

I consider myself lucky to have found my calling and vocation in life in design from an early age. I have always been fascinated by what design is and what it can do. Initially my understanding of design as you could imagine was fairly shallow and I admired it for its power in making things  … [see more]

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

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

Active across various disciplines, underlining all projects I am involved with is the effort to building future-focused and inclusive societies. As a systems thinker, I'm familiar with the work at each level - the intrapersonal, organisation and community. At the organisation level, I develop systems, processes and engage in planning activities to help enable consistency  … [see more]

Clara Vuletich

Sustainability Strategist & Designer

Sydney, Australia

I work as a sustainability strategist and trainer for fashion brands and organisations, helping them transition towards a sustainable supply chain; purpose-driven strategy and sustainable product offer. I began my journey as a printed textile design student in London, over 12 years ago. After learning first-hand about the damaging impacts of textile print and dye  … [see more]

"We made it? What happened? We happened."

John Kellden

Founder | Sceenius

Norrkoping, Sweden

Cards catalyzing stories, Conversations that mind and matter, Digital communities, Media productions Wife, three grown kids, cat and dog in Norrkoping, Sweden. Coffee. … [see more]

Elise Payzan-LeNestour

Researcher | University of New South Wales Australia Business School

Sydney, Australia

I study how individuals apprehend financial risks, by investigating both actual behavior and its neural bases. I use the knowledge and methodological tools of several fields – chiefly experimental economics, financial economics, and computational neuroscience – to better understand why market participants behave the way they do. I do research and teaching in this area.  … [see more]

"entertain/ educate/ illuminate"

Teri Orr

curator/alchemist/ex director | park city institute

Park City, Utah, United States

I curate and present performing arts and more, in multiple venues, in this old mining town turned four season world class resort. I love introducing new ideas to my small town that is connected internationally. I am a former editor of the local newspaper here and still write a weekly column (sometimes weakly) as I  … [see more]

Jose Fernandez-Calvo

Owner | Grovear LLC

Miami, United States

Worked in Maritime Transport for over 20 years, now managing my own real estate investments in Miami. … [see more]

"Advocating for young stroke survivors"

Roberto D'Angelo

CEO | FightTheStroke.org

Milano, Italy

At Microsoft since 1998, I'm now Director of Online Learning in Microsoft Italy while I'm leading the FightTheStroke.org organization about helping young stroke survivors of the world to have a better life. Here are my wife and I giving a TED talk on Fighting the Stroke: https://www.ted.com/talks/roberto_d_angelo_francesca_fedeli_in_our_baby_s_illness_a_life_lesson … [see more]

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