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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.

   

"Make useful and beautiful things"

Sascha Mombartz

Designer | Office for Visual Affairs

New York, United States

I'm a UX Designer and entrepreneur and run a multidisciplinary user experience design studio in New York. Previously I worked at the New York Times and at Google's Creative Lab in New York. After launching a retail and public opinion startup I decided to start my own design practice: The Office for Visual Affairs. I  … [see more]

"Prototype positive change"

Stefan Hoevenaar

Founder, creative director | ILUMY, Plek

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Born a prototyper and entrepreneur. As a kid, before my 16th birthday, I prototyped a plant watering system, programmed instant messaging for the C64, painted bicycles for money, organised regional parties and learned to design and print the promo-posters, and won the youth prize in a national contest to run a virtual chocolate factory. In  … [see more]

"Interculturist, Global Citizen, Community Builder + Strategist"

Grace Clapham

Founder | The Change School & Agent Grace

Singapore, Singapore

A Third Culture Kid, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, I've lived in Asia for nearly 20 years and spent majority of my primary and high school years in Singapore before moving to live in various other countries. I have a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs and individuals to take action and make a change, no matter  … [see more]

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

Julia Champtaloup

Impact/Tech Startup Investor I Photographer

Sydney, Australia

Working to support technology and impactful new business Photographer I Editorial I Digital content I Online Strategy Editorial: AMagazine I Bookwitty I The Planthunter I Aircamp Previously : Director, ArtMonth Sydney Human Rights Advocate … [see more]

Thomas Loos

Producer | Filmmaker | Museum of Values

Berlin, Germany

I've always liked working and I feel like this is the reason why my field of work has been developing to where I am now - and to where it will lead me in the future. I studied cinematography in Berlin, went for a creative path but started my own production company along the way.  … [see more]

Zena O'Connor

Colour | Design | Research | Coffee

Sydney, Australia

I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about colour, design and visual culture...actually, maybe too much time. … [see more]

"I work on projects that make lives better."

Eva K. Barbarossa

Writer / Researcher / Strategist

Los Angeles, United States

I am a writer and an independent scholar. I write about language, culture, technology, and remote places. What I work on centers around the stories we tell ourselves, how we understand meaning in our lives, and how we find hope. Which is pretty much everything, right? Lately, I am interested in the ways in which  … [see more]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Storyteller, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Redefining Outdoors(wo)man. Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Currently as a Research Fellow with Conservation X Labs I look for ways to distill grand challenges in water and biodiversity conservation to focus the ingenuity of humanity to solve these grand challenges. … [see more]

"whose brain is in the networks and whose soul is with the water sprites"

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance / University of Leeds

Berlin, Germany

I am an interdisciplinary practitioner with a passion for the environment, digital media and understanding the world’s complex networks. I now work creatively as a researcher, designer and community engagement specialist at the intersection of arts, science and technology. I have excellent project management and team working skills, honed over the last 15 years of  … [see more]

Thorleif Thorleifsson

Sailor, Public Speaker, Organizational Developer

Oslo, Norway

I am involved in three activities I do call work: 1) Sailing expeditions into the Arctic - and lectures/storytelling based on that. 2) Business development. Part-owner and Chairman of the board in two online-business-startups and board member in three "artfirms". 3) Consultancy. Facilitating strategy- and/or change processes in other companies … [see more]

Alessandro Rovere

Filmmaker - Photographer - Adventurer - Traveller

Berlin, Germany

I like to see my life and my work like a walk. Plans and concepts keep me on track now and then, like signs helping me navigate. But the really exciting stuff always happened and does happen off-track. When I leave the "oughts" and "shoulds" beside and just walk, looking around, keeping the eyes open  … [see more]

"We bring the arts and health together to change worlds."

Maggie Haertsch

CEO | Arts Health Institute

Newcastle, Australia

In 2011 I co-founded the Arts Health Institute that does stunningly beautiful work injecting humanity into health and aged care environments. We grew from an idea to a substantial employer of artists nationally and we build on the strength of good research, scalable arts interventions that make a positive difference to the health outcomes and  … [see more]

"The Future of Work is Learning"

Donna Eiby

Creative Director | 4th Industrial Revolution.org

Budds Beach, Australia

I was born in Malaya which no longer exists as a country; right from day one my life has been characterized by change; I've lived in 23 cities, attended 8 schools and 6 universities. My first business, whilst 23 years old, has undertaken over 1500 projects in 354 companies. My second brings together specialists across  … [see more]

"Design One of Everything"

David Caon

Designer | Caon Studio

Sydney, Australia

I am the Creative Director of an industrial design studio located in Sydney, Australia. We like to accept any challenge that our clients pose to us, but are fundamentally focused on two key aspects of design - function and aesthetics. Spaces and products need to function well so as to stimulate and not annoy, and  … [see more]

"Self-care is essential when changing the world."

Erin O'Brien

Coach for Changemakers + Social Entrepreneurs | Activate28

Sydney, Australia

I work with changemakers who feel overwhelmed, stressed and time-squeezed while they're making a difference in the world. Tragically, too many brilliant changemakers are on the brink of burnout, or simply feeling burdened by the day-to-day stresses of their work. I believe if we want sustainable change in the world, we need to support the  … [see more]

"Consultant in design systems and design"

Victoria Milne

Design | 6¢ Design

Brooklyn, United States

My largest client now is the Times Square Alliance, in New York. I am commissioning NYC designers to develop new public furniture solutions for this dazzling public space. We have seen some great ideas and I can’t wait to prototype them on the plaza. Other clients include The Local Development Corporation of East New York,  … [see more]

Jo Rhoden

Explorer and Designer

Berkhamsted, Great Britain

I work as an innovator and strategic thinker helping to shape a profession and practice. I use a design mind-set and skills to paint a picture of the possibility of the future. The next step is leading people along the pathway to get there, navigating ambiguity and bringing stakeholders on the journey to the future.  … [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, and welcome conversations about: - using business as a force for good, Conscious Capitalism - social innovation - arts as a  … [see more]

"Collect Moments, Not Things"

Maxwell Kangkolo

Entrepreneur-in-Residence - Connected Cities | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

Strategist. Connector. Storyteller. Thinker. Collaborator. I'm passionate about building a better world through leverage systems thinking and storytelling. I am believer in the power of collaborative creation to build a better world at the intersection of humanity and technology. Currently working as the Entrepreneur in Residence at IXDS in Connected Cities. Working to help design  … [see more]

"The place to learn from world-changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers & curious souls"

Alrick Pagnon

Sales & Marketing Manager | Creative Innovation Global & DImension5

Melbourne, Australia

I am passionate about disruptive innovation and discovering new talented innovators. … [see more]

"Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human."

Patrick Pittman

Editor | The Alpine Review

Toronto, Canada

I am a magazine obsessive caught in the space between print obsession and digital addiction. I’ve spent my career poking, prodding, pushing and telling stories across platforms, as a reporter, as a collaborator and as a maker of so many of the damned things. As well as freelancing here and there, I’m currently the co-editor  … [see more]

"ICT for a Sustainable World"

Michael Gosney

Director | Techné Verde

San Francisco, United States

I wear varous hats and work with different orgs and on different projects. Techné Verde is a non-profit under the Buckminster Fuller Institute involved with online tools for collaboration and evolutionary culture. I am also Associate Publisher of SynergeticPress.com. Long history in technology from late 80s digital media revolution, working in desktop publishing (Verbum magazine  … [see more]

"Designer | Thinker | Lover | Learner"

Sasha Abram

Design Researcher | Westpac

Sydney, Australia

I am a design researcher working in service design and social innovation at Westpac. I am currently completing a Masters by Research, looking at the potential for service design in the delivery of creative services, in a remote indigenous community in the central Australian desert. I run an annual Kythera Global Design Studio at UTS  … [see more]

Alli Hornstein

Creative Strategy + Business/Experience Design

New York, United States

A systems thinker focused on human-centered design, I bring over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology, design and business innovation. I help companies uncover strategic opportunities and leverage insights to design experiences that bridge the gap between product and brand. Functional focus: Researching human behavior/ market trends/ emerging tech to inform  … [see more]

"Leading Through Culture & Creative Ideas Across Borders"

Annie Ivanova

Cultural Entrepreneur | International Curator | Author | Studio Ivanova

Taipei, Taiwan

ANZ Chamber of Commerce, Business Award winner for 'outstanding contribution to the Australia-Taiwan partnership' | Most successful independent curator in Australia with 120+ projects worldwide | 50+ inter/national awards & grants | Specialist in Art-Sci-Tech | Strong Cross-cultural Communicator | Serial Founder | Company Owner | Acclaimed Author of 'Taiwan by Design' … [see more]

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