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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.

   

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

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Activist, 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]

"We are ships at sea, not ducks on a pond: Navigate the unknown."

Graeme Harrison

Executive VP Marketing | Biamp Systems

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that I look after the Sales, Marketing and Product Management departments of Biamp Systems, a leading global manufacturer of professional AV equipment for fixed installation. I've been working in this industry for several decades and my main role is planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends. I am  … [see more]

Celso Santos

designer, CEO of Rio 21 Design and teacher | Rio 21 Design

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I am an industrial designer with a BA in design at ESDI-Rio in 1974, and a MA in design at PUC-Rio in 2017, with a lifetime experience as professional, having worked in industries like Ideal Standard (bathroom equipment), Escriba (office furniture), Ortopedia S.A. (hospital equipment) and M. Agostini (housewares), where I designed successful products that  … [see more]

"To create... and be a conduit for change."

Nathan Drabsch

Creative Director / Director / Designer / Founding Partner of Kin Things | Kin Things (Kin)

Sydney, Australia

I am a founding partner, creative director and designer for Sydney based creative studio, Kin Things (Kin). I partner with brands, studios, agencies, marketers and fellow creatives to develop high-end creative solutions. My primary focus is on moving image, directing, design, brand experiences & creative solutions. Over the course of my career I have designed,  … [see more]

Dave King

Founder and CEO | The Royals and Move 37

Melbourne, Australia

I'm a co-founder and head of R&D at the award-winning independent creative agency, The Royals. I'm also Founder of Move 37, a creative AI company, and Storymart.com, the (upcoming) online home of short fiction. I'm passionate (obsessed?) about the possibilities of emerging creative technology to mess with industry norms and help provide interesting connected experiences  … [see more]

"So much of life is about attitude & how we handle what happens. Life is good no matter what."

Samantha Palmer

General Manager, People, Capability & Communication; Diversity & Inclusion Champ | Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Government

Canberra, Australia

I've been incredibly privileged to work in the private sector (owning my own business and working for others including receivers), the community sector, the State Public sector and the Commonwealth public sector across a wide range of topics. I have also been honoured to represent employers as a Board Director. This range has allowed me  … [see more]

"If it's got strings or skins I'll play it. If it's got keys I'll type on it."

Adam Dennis

Web Guy | Murrindindi Shire Council & General Thinking

Yea, Australia

Known to some as 'Pollyanna' for my optimistic timeframe estimates, I nevertheless do actually turn in some interesting work from time to time. Intrigued by the nexus between artistic creativity - e.g. songwriting - and productive creativity - e.g. coding. Constantly amazed by all that the human mind can achieve ... and, on occasion, depressed  … [see more]

"Change the game."

Julian Ward

CEO & Founder | 7DX (AR/VR)

Surry Hills, 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]

"Think about future mobility"

Marcel Schreuder

Founding Partner | Springtime

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I am founding partner of Springtime, a design studio based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I started Springtime with fellow TU Delft graduates and is design studio with vast experience in product design and innovation and with an international client base (including Nike, Heineken, Toyota, Coca-Cola). Springtime has a prolific background in electric mobility development. Springtime has also been  … [see more]

"i string together images fast enough to deceive your mind – and i used to work at big-TED"

jason wishnow

film director

..., United States

Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the Peabody Award winning video series watched over one billion times (even in outer space). Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called “no stranger to difficult shoots” (Wired UK, 2014), an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of  … [see more]

"1+1=11"

Ferdi Van Heerden

Innovation Designer | Self employed

Berlin, Germany

My clients usually call when the strategy GPS says: “You can’t get there from here.” Inspired innovation comes from the marriage of breakthrough perspectives and experienced deployment. IDEO taught me about design, Adidas gave me a passion for performance. Working as an independent for almost 7 years has given me the confidence to follow my  … [see more]

"The hardest thing a person can ever do, is think from another 's point of view"

Steve Seager

Digital Strategy & Story consultant | Storywise

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I'm an innovator in digital story design: a narratologist, problem-solver, thinker and doer. I combine business, data and systems-smarts, with problem solving in strategy & story. I started out as a pro musician, songwriter and marcom freelancer. I wrote TV Jingles, a theatre play, video and film scripts, taught media production, and worked on a  … [see more]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer | Al Jazeera

Sydney, Australia

I am a producer currently at Al Jazeera in Kuala Lumpur, as part of the team on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s in-depth, weekly current affairs programme. Previously I worked in the SBS and ABC newsrooms, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and executive produced the breakfast show at 2SER 107.3. As a social activist, youth  … [see more]

"A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi - all knowledge is not taught in one school"

Paul Coyne

Entrepreneur | Terra Oahu

O'ahu Hawaii, United States

I am the Founder of Terra Club. Terra Clubs are the private, luxury "base camps" for the modern explorer. Terra Oahu is our original location, an ocean and mountain view estate, sitting on the edge of an ancient ravine and surrounded by a 7-acre organic orchard. Our members experience the power of this unique land  … [see more]

"Make it happen!"

Renee Gangemi

Head of Marketing | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

Love learning new things, solving problems and understanding why or how something is done. I think learning or seeing things from those that are at the top of their field is fascinating. … [see more]

"More new thinking please!"

Lindy Jones

Wordsmith | Marketer | Sustainability Advocate

Sydney, Australia

25 years in the corporate world across Australia/New Zealand, Asia, UK/Europe and North America has taught me that most company cultures stifle, rather than foster, creativity and innovation; the very attributes that drive competitive advantage and value creation. Working across multiple disciplines like marketing, communications, corporate affairs and sustainability has left me determined to spearhead  … [see more]

Melanie Horkan

Producer | TEDxSydney, Australian International Documentary Conference and Fathom Film Group, Toronto & Sydney

Sydney, Australia

I am a producer who works across documentary and interactive productions in Europe, Canada and Australia. I lived in Barcelona for 5 years where I worked as Associate Producer with Polar Star Films on "Google and the World Brain", a feature length documentary for the BBC4, ARTE France, ZDF, which had its world premiere at  … [see more]

"There is no try, only do"

Eileen Gittins

Founder and CEO | Blurb

San Francisco, United States

Back in the day, I was CEO of two start-ups in San Francisco, Personify and then Verb. But then 2001 hit and the crash happened and there was no proverbial room at any of the VC inns. So I started photographing again (I have a degree in Art/Photography) and in a former life worked for  … [see more]

Amy Denmeade

independent consultant

Sydney, Australia

I've worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. Currently working as an independent consultant. Co-founder TEDxSydney. Supporter of a number of fabulous organisations, including the Sydney Story Factory, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Access Now. … [see more]

"Future thinking"

Leone Lorrimer

Strategic Consultant | Lorrimer Consulting

Sydney, Australia

I have over 25 years of experience as a major projects architect and strategic planner for the delivery of successful projects from masterplans to iconic buildings. Supplementing more than 20 years as a consultant, I spent 5 years as client to some of the world’s leading architects on 3 iconic museums in the UAE. I  … [see more]

Mark Elizondo

Director of Experience Design | Symplicit

Sydney, Australia

I am a User Experience specialist working in Sydney. Obsessed with great culinary experiences, an Obstacle Racer in the making , I am a Father of 2 energetic boys and a budding sports photographer. I've been called a networker, a leader, a comedian. I believe in the power of collaboration. … [see more]

"Don't just think it, make it."

Anneliese Haupstein

Designer | ICE from ASH

Sydney, Australia

I design both graphics and jewellery in ways that feel authentic to me and allow me to develop my personal aesthetic. I am always looking for the elegant solution, something ingenious even if not immediately obvious. I did my training in Industrial Design then went on to do a PhD in Materials Science looking into  … [see more]

"Live in the US, breathe Latin America"

Marina Spindler

Founder | Latam Board LLC

New York, United States

With 15 years of experience building Latin America’s most influential business community, I founded Latam Board LLC (LaB) to guide companies and non-profits seeking inroads in Latin America. Previously, I was the chief architect and brand manager of the Group of Fifty (G50), an organization founded by leading thinker and best-selling author Moisés Naím. Responsible  … [see more]

"I like too many things"

Odysseus Mourtzouchos

Designer, Architect, Photographer, Dj, Co-Founder | Meera - Art on Ethical Clothing

Berlin, Germany

I studied graphics and sustainable architecture; got into photography through my passion for travelling. My greatest love though is music and I collect records and dj to this day. Still trying to figure out how to combine all the things I love, while managing to make a living. Currently starting a new project (Meera), putting  … [see more]

"Your story, changing the world"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Storytelling with Impact

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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