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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.

   

"People will never forget how you made them feel... - Maya Angelou"

Imogen Brennan

Journalist & Communications Consultant

Sydney, Australia

Journalist and Communications Consultant … [see more]

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann"

Marc Buckley

Sustainable Futurist, Climate Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur | ALOHAS ECO-Center

Hamburg, Germany

As an Official UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries. His aim is to  … [see more]

"do clever things"

Samantha Bell

Business Strategist, Lead Gen, Action, Creative | Runway Digital

Melbourne, Australia

hi, i’m sam bell. i’m lucky to work with some of the world’s best founders and organisations. if you’re a leader who’s keen to create something exceptional, we could work together. runwaydigital.com/advisory if you want to improve how you look online, here’s how. good luck! runwaydigital.com/lift-off-store twice a month you can receive an email with  … [see more]

"Knowing our individual environmental footprint shall be a human right"

Bruno BARTHAS

Founder | MyIceberg.net

Hamburg, Germany

I'm Bruno, 31yr old, European by Heart, French by nationality but mixed roots French/Asian. In life, I'm passionate about Kaizen/Continuous Improvement in every forms life offers. My heart beats for Environmental/Climate change topics, Technological Innovation, Education and experiencing new things that could make me a better me so I can, in return, better help to  … [see more]

"Create Social Fiction"

Thimo Valentin Schmitt-Lord MBE

CEO | Bayer Foundations

Berlin, Germany

Hey there, I am responsible for the non-profit giving of Bayer and Bayer Foundations throughout the world. Our foundation programs operate like a seed fund for frontier scientists and impact pioneers – with special interest in life science, agronomy, medicine and social innovation. Personally, I am passionate about the creation of societal impact by applying  … [see more]

Paul Shore

Filmmaker / Social Entrepreneur | PaulShore.net

Montreal, Canada

Never one to accept the status quo, I have spent the last 20 years working in social entrepreneurship, videojournalism, transmedia, and citizen engagement. Work interests include Social Innovation, Civic Tech, Trans-Media & Tech for Good … [see more]

"Passionate Do-er"

Margaret Cheng

People, Culture & Engagement Lead | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I thrive on diversity of work and seeking and delivering creative solutions to challenges. I have a strong bias towards action which has earned me the reputation of someone who gets things done. I facilitate impact with my work with Remarkable, Australia's first disability tech accelerator, supporting startups developing technology with people with disabilities. I  … [see more]

"Developing the next generation of directors and boardrooms"

Paul Smith

Founder /CEO | Future Directors Institute

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

My purpose in life is potential, empowering and connecting the key players in the "new economy". Those people and businesses who have cottoned-on to the fact that "every man for himself" is not as successful as "every human for each other". I am the Founder of the Future Directors Institute - an education company and  … [see more]

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

Graeme Harrison

Looking for next step..... | The house of Harrison

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that until recently I looked 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 was planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends.  … [see more]

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

CieJai Zarb

Partnerships Manager | Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

I'm a Partnership Manager driven by a passion for business, meaningful connections and results. I am always looking for ways to bring brands to life through the creation of unique and engaging experiences. I’m passionate about creating partnerships that are win-win-win. I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of different sectors including  … [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]

Kirsty de Garis

Writer, Curator, Project Manager | Freelance

Sydney, Australia

I started my professional life as a researcher at The Observer newspaper in London, UK. Clawed my way through copy editing and research to writing features for the world's oldest broadsheet newspaper. I studied modern history at graduate and postgraduate level and worked as an interviewer on the Australians at War Film Archive before making  … [see more]

"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]

RICARDO MUTUBERRIA ZABALA

Freelance Consultant | ricardo.mutuberria.com

Barcelona, Spain

I am a scientist, a science communicator, a biohacker and a museum innovator. I promote scientific culture by transforming science into social, fun, engaging experiences and create democratic science ecosystems for the community. In the upcoming years, we will see the creation of multidisciplinary community-based science labs at museums, libraries, cultural centers, schools, universities etc.  … [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]

"Your life is your story. Write what you want."

Marvin Mathew

Product + Strategy | M/IG Digital

New York, United States

Passionate about better me, better you, better us. I spent the last 18 months running a digital innovation agency. We worked with some fun brands across 6 countries. I'm eager about leveraging technology (strategy+product) to support social & economic mobility. I dream of a world where traditional business is a force for good. I love  … [see more]

"Don't stop believing"

Patrick Kohl

Filmmaker

Berlin, Germany

I am a documentary and advertising filmmaker, specialized in telling authentic stories. Over time I met so many inspiring people on my journeys through this world, that I never stop imagining. I don't judge. I document. And I connect. To tell stories with love. About people. For people. … [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]

"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]

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