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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.

   

"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]

"Designs that relate to people"

Birgitta Ralston

Designer / Founder | Ralston & Bau

Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway

I am a lead designer dedicated to crafting prospective scenarios and designing products and spaces. Interested in art and social issues I like to reveal new ideas that appear where they cross. My studio Ralston & Bau pursue the unexpected and unexplored for companies and organisations that relate to people and aim to contribute to  … [see more]

"Every problem is an opportunity of having fun"

Liu Yan

Social Entrepreneur | School of Gumption

Singapore, Singapore

At School of Gumption, we build skills, learning experience and networks needed for purpose driven entrepreneurs or intrapreneur to become a better leader of positive impact, of which entrepreneurial mindset is an important skill for everyone, regardless of their topic and positions … [see more]

"Futurist, Curator, Strategy Facilitator, Coach"

Keke Quei

Futurist, Curator, Entrepreneur | KI Future Lab

Taipei-Shanghai, Taiwan

I am an Organization TourGuide, curating journeys making blueprints with people who care about their shared future and wish to create that future. … [see more]

"Fall in love with the problem, not the solution."

Sean McNamara

Head of Strategic Growth | enso

Los Angeles, United States

I scale creative companies, build brands, and develop teams and talent in fast-growth environments. I have 18+ years of leadership experience in strategic planning, business development, and client service roles. In my current role as Head of Strategic Growth at enso, I help build mission-driven brands and collaborative networks around shared missions to create social  … [see more]

"The wound is the gift"

Judith McLean

Professor | QUT/QPAC

Brisbane, Australia

In 2014 Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced a partnership to jointly establish the position of Chair in Arts Education. I am the inaugural Chair and currently QPAC’s Scholar in Residence. I'm excited be people who love learning and are curious about how we humans are the way we  … [see more]

"Don't waste a day!"

Lisa Hresc

Director | Lee Media & Co.

Sydney, Australia

I do what I love and love what I do. My passion is to bring a brand or content to life with multiple and diverse mediums. Producing great experiences for amazing people. I love film, art, music, media, publishing and travel - anything that will transport you to another time and place. With over 25  … [see more]

"Traditional and normal can go elsewhere"

Elizabeth Ramsey

Founder | Blank Space

Oslo, Norway

Gallery, Workshops, Studios, Community - Visual Communication in Oslo. I was born in Toledo OH (1988). lived in San Francisco for 7 years, and then moved to Norway in 2012. Educated at the Academy of Art University, I have 2 Bachelor's Degrees in Fine Art, one with a focus in traditional illustration and one in  … [see more]

Jonathan Bielski

Artistic Director | Auckland Festival

Auckland, New Zealand

Previously Director, Programming at Sydney Opera House, now leading Auckland Festival from 2018. … [see more]

"Less is the new more."

Karrie Jacobs

writer, teacher, urbanista | myriad

Brooklyn, United States

I write about architecture, design, cities, travel and things that are tangentially related for a variety of magazines. And I teach students at SVA's grad program in design criticism how to interpret and develop a well-informed attitude about the city around them. I've written 1.5 books (The Perfect $100,000 House and Angry Graphics) and may  … [see more]

Ayse Nur Özcan

Programs Manager | Impact Hub Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Ayse Nur is a globetrotter with experience in social businesses and NGO’s in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. She previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Yunus Centre, Bangladesh. Following her return to Turkey, she worked as a manager in prominent social enterprises. She has experience in project management,  … [see more]

"Pay Attention"

Scott Stowell

proprietor | Open

New York NY, United States

Since 1998, I’ve been doing business as Open--and as such have survived by staying small, specialized in not really specializing in anything in particular, and (according to the Cooper-Hewitt museum) embraced “an open notion of the term ‘office,’ inviting different participants to every project.” As it turns out, everything is connected and everything is an  … [see more]

"Cultural insights that drive ideas & innovation"

David Art Wales

Founder | Ministry of Culture

New York & Sydney, Australia

Ministry of Culture provides cultural research and consumer insights to major brands and marketers, usually in the form of documentary films. We work directly with clients including AT&T, Amex, MTV and Jim Beam, and with agencies like Mother, w+k, BBDO and Interbrand on global and US-based projects. Our video work is broadcast quality so it  … [see more]

"Seeking Jedi Master/Investor for building high performance team."

Sarah Jane Pell

Artist, Astronaut Candidate

Melbourne, Australia

A TED Fellow and Australia Council Fellow in Experimental and Emerging Arts, Sarah reimagines the boundaries of creative practice during high-risk operations as an occupational diver, simulation astronaut and spaceflight candidate to hack creativity and peek performance for future Suborbital Earth and Lunar missions. Through expressive acts and testing provocative interactive designs in space analogue  … [see more]

"Buy less - Pay more"

Adrian Newstead

Art Consultant | Cooee Art and Adrian Newstead Fine Art

Sydney, Australia

I am a consultant and entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience working in Aboriginal and Australian Contemporary art. I established Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery -Coo-ee Aboriginal art Gallery in 1981. Amongst the many positions I have held have been Founding President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and Director of Aboriginal Tourism  … [see more]

Anthony Burke

Professor of Architecture | University of Technology, Sydney

Sydney, Australia

I trained as an architect, and have practiced in many contexts as a designer, writer and teacher. I write Architectural theory about urbanism, technology, representation and sometimes policitcs, but not usually all at once. I am a practiced designer, and spend a lot of time curating exhibitions and organizing events that promote architectural to the  … [see more]

"redefining success in buiness"

Alicia Darvall

Executive Director | B Lab Australia & New Zealand

Melbourne, Australia

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through several initiatives that help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale. B Lab Australia & New Zealand has been established by the founding Australian  … [see more]

John MacFarlane

Special Projects Producer | POV/American Documentary

Brooklyn, United States

I’ve spent my career learning to tell stories in creative ways using various technologies and platforms. I’m not an evangelist for digital storytelling at the expense of other media – I love sitting in a cinema more than pretty much anything else – but I am a proponent of trying new things, prioritizing innovation, and  … [see more]

"Creating places where people want to be"

Leone Lorrimer

CEO | dwp

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]

Matt Levinson

Communication Manager | Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Sydney, Australia

Matt Levinson is a communications strategist with experience developing and driving effective traditional and digital campaign strategies at the local, state and national level. As communications manager for Sydney mayor Clover Moore, he coordinates large scale communication and community engagement projects, manages emerging issues, and positions and advises senior leaders. Matt led communications for the  … [see more]

"Passionate evangelist"

Julie Moses

Sales & Marketing Consultant | Freelance

New York, NY, United States

Currently consulting for a new venture in the IPTV Branded Entertainment space, and working with a development agency on a new retail shopping app. … [see more]

"Doing lovely things with lovely people to make the world a lovely place."

Liane Rossler

Artist and designer. | Liane Rossler

Sydney, Australia

Designer, artist, curator. … [see more]

"no job too big. no job too small. no job too medium."

Laurie Rosenwald

designer, painter, mistakes on purpose workshop holder | rosenworld.com

nyc, United States

I am a painter, author, and principal of rosenworld, a design, illustration and animation studio. Actually there is no studio; I usually work alone, and rosenworld doesn’t exist. In spite of this, rosenworld.com was launched in 1995. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and have taught at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design,  … [see more]

"Hit Print"

Daniel Milnor

Creative Evangelist | Blurb, Inc.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

I am currently “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. the end-to-end indie publishing platform. I split my time between the smog-choked arteries of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. In the deep, dark past I was both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer, but also worked as a newspaper, magazine and  … [see more]

"Be curious and push boundaries"

Magda Cortez

Snr Product Manager & Marketer

Sydney, Australia

I am a strategic design thinker who has spent the last 10 years in media crafting cross-platform digital experiences. Passionate about entertainment, social media, popular culture and the fusion of old and new media, my experience spans product management, innovation, marketing, content creation and design. … [see more]

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