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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.

   

"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]

"There's a silver lining to everything"

Lucy O'Connor

Social media + corporate research + projects | Jaxsta

Sydney, Australia

9 to 5 I'm at Jaxsta, an amazing music tech start-up company building the world's first all-inclusive, official music industry data platform. In my spare time I'm a musician (find me @lucytigermusic); create music and entertainment industry content and articles for Ventilator News (@ventilator.news) and I'm in the process of creating Millennial Falcons - stay  … [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]

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]

"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]

Jan Stassen

Project Developer / Explorer / Translator | Museum of Values

Berlin, Germany

Some old friends still call me Janni. I have always been the small kid. Not that I grew a lot over the last couple of years. No. Didn’t happen. Still relative small. But when I left my hometown, I started to grow, develop and create my own little universe. Besides working in advertising as a  … [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]

"Use what you have in your hands to create social impact"

Ralf Lippold

Strategic Process Specialist | HTxA - HighTech x Agency

Dresden, Germany

I am a passionate economist and lean thinker pulled by the value of the intersection between arts, science, and exponential technologies catalyzing the transformation of social and economic challenges into elegant ways with currently available resources. I have lived the first half my life in Western Germany, grew up with Apollo, "Fantastic Voyage" and explored  … [see more]

"make my life extra-ordinary and worthy"

Hugh Hyung-uk Choi

future designer | innovation catalyst | technology strategist | co-founder of Pan Asia Network

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

I am a future designer and CEO at future designers. I am also an entrepreneur, an eco-system builder, an innovation catalyst, a connector, and a new technology strategist. I was formerly a director of numerous R&D projects at Samsung Electronics, including wireless communication, home networks, mobile devices and emerging technologies. My main expertise is the  … [see more]

Tony Fross

Vice President | North America Practice Lead, Digital Customer Experience | Capgemini Consulting

New York City, United States

My mission is to pave the way for others to achieve their goals. In the context of business, I spend my time helping organizational leaders transform their organizations. My tools and methods are heavily influenced by the collaborative creative problem solving work pioneered by Osborn and Parnes and furthered by many others, too numerous to  … [see more]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"Focus on potential. Expand opportunity."

Todd Vogel

Managing Director | Loom, a foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

Loom funds projects at the intersection of equity and the environment. I am a cultural historian of race and class with a background in economics and finance, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. I branched out into not-for-profit and philanthropy work, focusing on the impact of  … [see more]

"Dedicated to creating new types of interactions and experiences"

Emily Conrad

Co-Founder, Experience Designer | Tessellate Studio

New York, United States

Tessellate is an experiential design firm dedicated to creating new types of storytelling environments.  We span across the disciplines of technology, architecture, and interface design. Our mission is to create new audience experiences and immersive environments by merging the physical and digital worlds in new ways. … [see more]

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