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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]

Kirsty de Garis

Writer, Curator, Project Manager | Freelance

Sydney, Australia

I started my professional life as a researcher at The Observer newspaper in London, after a brief stint in advertising. Clawed my way to writing features for the world's oldest broadsheet newspaper. It was an incredible cadetship. Studied modern history at graduate and postgraduate level, worked on the Australians at War Film Archive before making  … [see more]

"Exploration. Innovation. Adventure. Design."

Amy Ilyse Rosenthal

Design Partner | Model 10 Electra

Beverly Hills, United States

I’m a recognized design leader and entrepreneur with deep expertise in user experience design, product strategy, product management, design management, brand architecture, marketing, and design thinking. I've held executive roles at Disney, Scripps Networks, Yahoo and Corbis. My experience spans devices, mediums and environments, in domains including storytelling and entertainment, healthcare, banking, personal finance, parenting,  … [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]

"If you never do anything interesting, no one will ever ask you to do anything interesting."

Bob Barton

Managing Director | Golden Age Cinema / Bob Barton Design

Sydney, Australia

Landscape architect. Architectural, interior and furniture designer. Cinema owner. I make places for people and occasionally art for myself. … [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]

"In the end it is all about life."

David Carlson

Strategic creative director | david.se

Falsterbo, Sweden

I have been working with design strategy and creative direction for more than 25 years. A year ago I released a book called Make Design Matter, a pocket size guide to meaningful design. I'm a board member of Svensk Form, the design association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design. My social life  … [see more]

"Problems are opportunities in disguise"

Vivien Sung

Lab Leader & Design Academic | FutureAging Lab / UTS

Sydney, Australia

I'm a design strategist, educator and innovation facilitator with a specialty in human-centred design and research, transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration and facilitating user experience design that consider both systems and people in solving complex problems. My area of specialty is in collaborative design innovation between Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I established  … [see more]

"I build, fund and grow new ventures"

Dave Lim

Polymath, provocateur, possibility and pioneer | IdeasWorthDoing.org

Singapore, Singapore

I bring and build ideas into reality. I am at TEDx Ambassador, Singularity U alum, and have been cofounder of Innovation X at The Coca-Cola Company, a venture capitalist in a $ 1bil Asia Pacific fund growing >200 companies, a high tech entreprenuer in Silicon Valley and Asia, innovation catalyst, a digital environmentalist at EarthHour-WWF,  … [see more]

"Make stuff happen | Create magical connections | Educate | Inspire | Innovate"

Sarah Roocroft

Innovator • Design Thinker • Mumpreneur • Founder Sienna Baby & The Wonder Tribe | The Wonder Tribe • Sienna Baby

Melbourne, Australia

I am wired to create and connect; obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. I am passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs, women in business. I produce mind altering events. I am the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you  … [see more]

Tommy McCubbin

Creative Consultant

Melbourne, Australia

I have worked at the intersection of technology and advertising for 15 years. I help brands and agencies develop and pitch ideas. I have a podcast called 'Future Sandwich', and am on the board of several startups. … [see more]

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

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance

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]

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author, Advisor, CoFounder | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation  … [see more]

"First the music. Then the community. After that comes everything else."

Jessica Brown

Artist Manager, Designer, Communications Facilitator | KIND // COOL

Berlin, Germany

I manage the careers of exceptionally talented, global-thinking music producers. Artist management is all about relationships; from social media, to drawing together teams across booking, PR and distribution agencies, and of course the people you meet on the dance floor! Last summer I set up my Berlin-based agency, KIND // COOL to specialise in the  … [see more]

"Design better health into cities"

Layla McCay

Director | Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

London, Great Britain

I am a British psychiatrist and public health specialist. My main interest is in making cities better for health. I run the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, a global think tank that examines how architects, urban planners and others can design and build better mental health into cities. I also work at the  … [see more]

"Developing engaging education for future design thinkers"

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

After working in higher education for about 7 years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics, I felt the need to accelerate these changes in education. So, I started my own company: Fundamentals Academy. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams  … [see more]

"Be an action-based optimist"

Louka Parry

Director of Programs | Education Changemakers

Melbourne/Adelaide, Australia

Most days I work with incredible humans to unleash innovation in education by supporting passionate teachers and leaders to make change, be that small steps or moonshots. There much work to do to ensure that every kid gets an education worth having but there are true anonymous extraordinaries who are making a better world place  … [see more]

"Finding exceptionally talented people their dream job."

Sarah Riley

Chief Executive | Pacific Talent Partners

Sydney, Australia

I lead Pacific Talent Partners, we are a group of innovative and passionate people that partner with organisations doing interesting things to identify talent that makes a genuine impact to their success. We find people their dream jobs, work doesn't get more rewarding than that! … [see more]

Jochen Schweitzer

Director | UTS Business School

Sydney, Australia

My teaching, research and consulting is in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship with a special interest is design thinking, data science, urban planning and open innovation. I work at the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney where I am a Senior Lecturer and Director for the MBA Entrepreneurship. I am also the Founder of  … [see more]

"Creating Locally | Impacting Globally"

Anna-Marie Wallace

Artist | Designer | Innovator | Made OF Australia

Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia

I'm a multidisciplinary creative who works both alone & collaboratively, producing engaging & thought provoking work; sometimes functional, sometimes impractical, but always ethically & mindfully produced. Primarily I create functional ceramics for creative chefs globally, one-off works for galleries (with Australian clays, native textiles, & indigenous timbers), & engage with others to help grow their  … [see more]

Elsa Wormeck

creative consultant | facilitator | corecreate | communications

Berlin, Germany

I love facilitating workshops and creative meetings for organizations and teams. I started doing this when I was about five, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones with my friends. About thirty years later I began to realize that systemic thinking has ever been part of the state where I feel comfortable. Having started out as an  … [see more]

"Let's make the world a playground, not a battlefield."

Ladeja GODINA KOSIR

LEADER & CONNECTOR | CIRCULAR CHANGE

Ljubljana, Slovenia

I am like a ball in a pinball:) Following my intuition, exploring, learning, communicating, connecting. Backed by experiences earned in executive positions in creative industries, I like to challenge old business models, patterns and paradigms in a creative way. I am a connector and marketing-communications professional with 20 years’ experience in the Adriatic region. Enjoying  … [see more]

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