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"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]

"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]

Amy Denmeade

independent consultant

Sydney, Australia

I've worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. Currently working as an independent consultant. Co-founder TEDxSydney. Supporter of a number of fabulous organisations, including the Sydney Story Factory, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Access Now. … [see more]

""Matching actions to concerns, with joy""

Daniel Goldman

Managing Director/Co-founder | Ignition Angels/EDGEof/...

San Francisco, United States

I deeply want the world to work well for 100% of the people. I used to think tech was the answer, now I know it takes a dedicated group to enable a larger group of enlightened change makers. Early on, in the 70s & 80s, I worked with computer and online technology as a way  … [see more]

"Turn Off The App: GO OUTSIDE"

Aaron Perlmutter

Entrepreneur | @turnofftheapp

Barcelona, Spain

I'm 29 years old (as of December 2017). 12-26 y/o: I read a lot, traveled a lot, observed the world, attained several university degrees. That wasn't a waste of time. 26-now: Entrepreneurship. Wish I'd started at 12 years old. … [see more]

"A process can not be understood by stopping it."

Carl Kjellman

Mediator

Washington, DC, United States

I am a mediator and facilitator focusing on environment and resources. My perspective on this work is shaped largely by my first year out of college, when I worked as a researcher compiling legal research on water rights in California. Although this was before the water shortage had entered the public consciousness at a national  … [see more]

Carolyn Porco

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Mill Valley, CA, United States

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"Live in the US, breathe Latin America"

Marina Spindler

Founder | Latam Board LLC

New York, United States

With 15 years of experience building Latin America’s most influential business community, I founded Latam Board LLC (LaB) to guide companies and non-profits seeking inroads in Latin America. Previously, I was the chief architect and brand manager of the Group of Fifty (G50), an organization founded by leading thinker and best-selling author Moisés Naím. Responsible  … [see more]

"I like too many things"

Odysseus Mourtzouchos

Designer, Architect, Photographer, Dj, Co-Founder | Meera - Art on Ethical Clothing

Berlin, Germany

I studied graphics and sustainable architecture; got into photography through my passion for travelling. My greatest love though is music and I collect records and dj to this day. Still trying to figure out how to combine all the things I love, while managing to make a living. Currently starting a new project (Meera), putting  … [see more]

"Your story, changing the world"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Storytelling with Impact

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]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, 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]

"Question, Learn, Repeat."

Susan McMahon

General Manager | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I am still, after many years, learning who I am and continually developing new insights and knowledge. I am a management consultant and a global citizen. I have worked across multiple industries, with many companies, helping solve a variety of problems. I love and crave learning new things and applying my skills in interesting environments.  … [see more]

"Making connections"

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]

Wolfgang Gründinger

Policy Officer | German Association of the Digital Economy

Berlin, Germany

lobbyist for the digital transformation & fighter for future generations … [see more]

"Big Ideas, Big Heart, Big Impact."

Oona Eager

Head of Community Engagement | THNK

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

I am a professional convener and communicator, committed to advancing innovation for good. I am formerly of the corporate tourism world, but have always been entrepreneurial at heart. … [see more]

"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]

"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]

"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]

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