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"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]

"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]

"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]

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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

Ginger Briggs

Writer, editor, content marketer | Shebah

Melbourne, Australia

My first book, Staunch, was published in 2012 by Affirm Press. I've written other stuff, of course, including a five-year stint as a Big Issue columnist and an essay in the anthology She's Having a Laugh. My forthcoming novel is, well, still forthcoming. I have a day job at the rideshare startup Shebah. Actually, it's  … [see more]

Chris Daniels

Head of Transformation

London, Great Britain

Seasoned digital leader and strategist with 15+ years’ professional experience within the digital marketing landscape. Expert in key areas of driving innovation, change and delivering results. In my youth I learned and developed basic machine coding, computer science and microcomputer technology which is where my passion and love of digital began. Blending this with my  … [see more]

"Awakening the Heart of our Humanity"

Anneloes Smitsman

Founder & CEO | EARTHwise Centre

Tamarin, Mauritius

I am a storyteller, an alchemist, a WISEwoman, an innovator and ecologist. My passion is to support people and organisations to raise their standards, awaken their heart, and actualise our true potential in the Spirit of Ubuntu. I founded EARTHwise Centre as a wisdom-based collaboratory for bringing into life the new thriveable system designs &  … [see more]

"best time to solve a problem is immediately"

Fenella Kernebone

Presenter & Cultural Producer | Frankly Group + Freelance

Sydney, Australia

Head of Curation for TEDxSydney, presenter, interviewer and writer. I worked at the ABC for eons hosting all manner of radio and television programs in arts, design, culture, music. My hosting roles included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS. As  … [see more]

"Hit Print"

Daniel Milnor

Creative Evangelist for Blurb | 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]

"Soft Skills Training and Coaching"

Michael Gencher

Soft Skills Trainer & Coach | The Business Lifesaver

Sydney, Australia

Working with individuals and teams to improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivering tangible outcomes and solutions. … [see more]

McKenzie Wark

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies | The New School

New York, United States

I am an Australian-born writer and scholar, known for my writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, and the Situationist International. My best known books are A Hacker Manifesto and The Beach Beneath the Street. … [see more]

"Research designer, author, filmmaker, lecturer, facilitator"

Nora Bateson

President | International Bateson Institute

Stockholm & San Francisco, Sweden

My life & work is about increasing perception of the interrelationality that creates life. Since living systems are everywhere, I work with many sectors, generations, cultures and professionals. The spectrum of people and places I work with is a wondrous laboratory of context comparison... for mutual learning, for the ever lasting study of interdependency and  … [see more]

"Exploration. Innovation. Adventure. Design."

Amy Ilyse Rosenthal

Design Partner | Model 10 Electra

Beverly Hills, United States

I’m a recognized design leader and entrepreneur with deep expertise in user experience design, product strategy, product management, design management, brand architecture, marketing, and design thinking. I've held executive roles at Disney, Scripps Networks, Yahoo and Corbis. My experience spans devices, mediums and environments, in domains including storytelling and entertainment, healthcare, banking, personal finance, parenting,  … [see more]

"Clever, consistent, purposeful communication"

Vicki Forbes

Communication Specialist

Sydney, Australia

I am a communication specialist with extensive experience in corporate communications, stakeholder management, publications, and media relations in both agency and in-house settings. I am organised, creative, and focused, and am driven by meaningful work and a passion for delivering consistent and purposeful communications that genuinely connect and engage with others. I believe that our  … [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]

Tommy McCubbin

Creative Consultant

Melbourne, Australia

I have worked at the intersection of technology and advertising for 15 years. I help brands and agencies develop and pitch ideas. I have a podcast called 'Future Sandwich', and am on the board of several startups. … [see more]

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