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"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

"Love alive, generative people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | EDGEof

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]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

"In permanent reinvention, learning and flow."

Fabian Szulanski

Co-Founder | The Values Foundation

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I wear several hats. In prehistoric times I was an Engineer. Nowadays i'm considered and play several roles as an iconoclast, an innovator, a visionary, a professor, a facilitator, a mentor, a learning and decision coach, an entrepreneur and a consultant, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy my workplaylearn, and other of my mottos  … [see more]

"If the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Innovation | Education New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Currently I am heading up some exciting innovation projects for the tertiary sector in New Zealand. I also consult in International Government relations with a  … [see more]

Chris Daniels

Head of Transformation

London, Great Britain

Seasoned digital leader and strategist with 15+ years’ professional experience within the digital marketing landscape. Expert in key areas of driving innovation, change and delivering results. In my youth I learned and developed basic machine coding, computer science and microcomputer technology which is where my passion and love of digital began. Blending this with my  … [see more]

"Awakening the Heart of our Humanity"

Anneloes Smitsman

Founder & CEO | EARTHwise Centre

Tamarin, Mauritius

I am a storyteller, an alchemist, a WISEwoman, an innovator and ecologist. My passion is to support people and organisations to raise their standards, awaken their heart, and actualise our true potential in the Spirit of Ubuntu. I founded EARTHwise Centre as a wisdom-based collaboratory for bringing into life the new thriveable system designs &  … [see more]

Joseph Karadin

Co-Founder | Tessellate

New York, NY, United States

I believe that great design should be a positive force for change and should be accessible to everyone that it touches. Great design should not just serve the Big guys, and more importantly it should be accessible to the smaller entities. My work spans many disciplines and types. From branded environments to museum exhibits and  … [see more]

"Good Purposeful Work with Good People"

Eric Lynn

Change Provocateur | cultureQs

Munich, 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]

"Understand. Adapt. Thrive."

Kaila Colbin

Ambassador | Singularity University

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm the Australian and New Zealand Ambassador for the Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, founded by tech titans Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. In February 2018, we're bringing the first ever SingularityU Summit to Australia. The 3-day event will cover not only exponential technologies like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and digital biology, but also their implications:  … [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]

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]

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]

"“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]

"Clever, consistent, purposeful communication"

Vicki Forbes

Communication Specialist

Sydney, Australia

I am a communication specialist with extensive experience in corporate communications, stakeholder management, publications, and media relations in both agency and in-house settings. I am organised, creative, and focused, and am driven by meaningful work and a passion for delivering consistent and purposeful communications that genuinely connect and engage with others. I believe that our  … [see more]

"there are more options than you can think of"

Joerg Altekruse

Filmmaker, producer, social entrepreneur | Zeitfilm.media, Youth4planet.org

Hamburg, Germany

I was always curious, and after all those years I still like to take a different route every time. For me filmmaking is the greatest way to be in contact with people, with nature, with thought. There is no limitation of topics and perspectives, if you allow yourself to wonder and find new lands. … [see more]

"Where Innovation Takes Shape"

Rob Grey

CEO / Founder | Rocketfuel

Cape Town, South Africa

I'm blessed with an amazing family. My wife, who has proved to be my rock time and time again. My two kids have taught me see the world through different lenses and who I learn from every day. We live an amazing life in CapeTown, South Africa. As an outdoor family we are always training  … [see more]

"Making Investments work in the long-term for all"

Simon Fraser

Chairman | F&C Investment Trust

London, Great Britain

I worked at Fidelity International for 28 years, joining as an analyst and spending a number of years in Japan, overseeing investments for the Asia/Pacific region. I returned to the UK in 1999 to take up the position of Chief Investment Officer, a position I held until 2005. I now sit on multiple boards of  … [see more]

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