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"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]

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

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance / University of Leeds

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]

"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]

"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]

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]

"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]

"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]

"Idealist life, art and design connect people, the planet and a society in mutation."

Birgitta Ralston

Idealist Designer & Head of Ideal Village | 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]

"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 a UN SDG Advocate, I am on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within our planetary boundaries. I am striving to globally reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry. I do this in several ways; by speaking globally on Climate Change and Food  … [see more]

"Global Transformation, One Human Being at a Time"

Doug Breitbart

Founder, Co-Director | The Values Foundation

Paterson, United States

I am a father, an attorney, a teacher, a consultant, a philosopher, a coach, an executive, and a huge believer in our species and its ability to do better at fitting in and contributing to each other, the biome and our planet. Our Foundation is devoted to catalyzing human transformation in service to transforming our  … [see more]

Prajna Cauvery

Program Coordinator | Anaadi Foundation

Coimbatore, India

I am a program coordinator at Anaadi Foundation, a social Non-Profit organization in India. I am the Co-Lead of the Anaadi Sustainability Awareness for the Young (ASAY), a voluntary UN initiated SDG Partners Program. Being an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Graduate from Amrita University, I am naturally inclined to Sustainability Education. I have over two  … [see more]

"Keep an open mind, don't be afraid of change, learn to love the unknown"

Andrew de Ville

Designer - Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

25+ years experience as a senior product/service designer in London, Director of Operations and four times entrepreneur/startup experience within Telecommunications, Education, Cloud CRM and SaaS Collaboration Platform. Consulting over the last seven years in Australia in the areas of New Growth Innovation, Service Design, Product Design, Organisational Design, Customer Experience and Business Strategy within leading  … [see more]

"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

"Live an extraordinary life: a life of value, adventure, creativity and love"

Sarah Davis

Risk Management | Paddle the Nile

Sydney, Australia

I was born in England and moved to Australia in 2003 to a place I instantly fell in love with and feel very fortunate to have called home ever since. I was very proud to become an Australian citizen. My career has mostly been in banking as a risk manager and also in project management.  … [see more]

"Making it up as I go along."

Kerry O'Connor

Chief Innovation Officer | City of Austin

Austin, TX, United States

I head up a new office in the City of Austin to develop, test, organize and encourage innovative best practices in local government administration with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the City of Austin. I empower others to create unique and creative solutions to civic challenges by working across City departments;  … [see more]

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