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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.

   

Eddie Harran

Explorer-in-Residence | Deloitte Centre for the Edge

Melbourne, Australia

Futurist + Temporal Designer. Come say hello on twitter - @eddieharran … [see more]

"Innovate with your finances"

Sophie Grimbert Tweed

IFA | VIA

Toulouse, France

Curious & eager to learn families stories, choices and objectives. … [see more]

"Helping create the organisations of tomorrow"

Julian Ward

CEO and Founder

Sydney, Australia

I am a behaviourist, founder, futurist, innovator, advisor and investor. I believe disruption is driven by people, not technology. I try to help people see the world more simply, by advising and investing in high impact innovation areas, in order to attain knowledge and insight. With that experience and knowledge, my goal is to help  … [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]

Robert D. Austin

Professor | Ivey Business School

London, Canada

Researcher, teacher, experienced manager at major multinational corporations (automotive and technology companies) and educational institutions (dean of a business school, CEO of executive education foundation); experienced C-Level consultant to many multinational companies; for more than a decade , faculty chair and faculty member in executive education programs at Harvard Business School; author of several books  … [see more]

"Do things that make your heart grow"

Masako Fukui

Writer/Producer/Storyteller/Journalist

Sydney, Australia

Japanese Australian, born in India. I'm a bilingual writer, radio documentary producer, journalist and storyteller. Was previously a sex educator in schools and a community health worker. As a media professional I've worked for high profile institutions including the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei (Nihon Keizai  … [see more]

"Valuing creativity, one Partnership at a time"

Kate Dezarnaulds

NFP Director & Business Development Consultant | Organisations....

Berry, Australia

I am a business development consultant currently working on major projects for StartupAUS, TEDxSydney and The Chaser Lecture & Dinner. I regularly speak at conferences on sponsorship trends and judge industry awards and see my role as an advocate and a campaigner for a self-sustaining cultural and entrepreneurial sector. My love of the arts and  … [see more]

Geoffrey Gifford

Artist & Designer

Sydney, Australia

I'm doin my thing … [see more]

Sam McCool

Writer, Artist, Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

I'm a global thinker, world traveler and multi-linguist - 60 countries. 4 languages. 5 continents. I work as a professional speaker, event MC and stand up comedian and playwright - with sold out solo shows at Sydney Opera House; co-wrote & starred in new Aussie play 'Lighten Up', acted in film & TV. I'm also  … [see more]

"Travel Deeper."

Jill Greenwood

Director, AFAR Experiences | AFAR

Vancouver, Canada

I curate and produce AFAR Experiences, an immersive travel event series that takes readers of AFAR Magazine to worldwide destinations and introduces them to the remarkable local people who are doing incredible things. We provide unprecedented access to fascinating people, places and projects, and strive to inspire and enable our attendees to connect and engage  … [see more]

"Do Good Work. Have Some Fun."

Remo Giuffre

Founder & Director | General Thinking, TEDxSydney & REMO General Store

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

I am a thinker and creative strategist with a track record as an entrepreneur and brand builder. I founded the REMO General Store in 1988; and General Thinking in 2001. I also enjoy an ongoing 24 year association with TED in New York, and am currently Licensee & Director for TEDxSydney, an annual flagship TEDx  … [see more]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Flow. Beauty. My current position is a Program Associate in the Science and Technology Innovation Program and I conduct original research and host strategic workshops to support community science and civic participation in furthering environmental protection and governance and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation. I completed a dual-degree M.S. in  … [see more]

"Nearly Now"

Christian Tietz

Dr | Designlab / University of New South Wales

Blue Mountains, Australia

I was the kind of kid for whom the entire Wonderworld ride had to be stopped because it was too boring and I wanted to get off. School was no better. At university I took a year off to produce my first product and sold 13000 units successfully. I travelled the world, climbed 5000 metre  … [see more]

"The Future of Corporate Wellness"

Debriana Berlin

Founder | Yoga Incorporated & Kiss The Sky

Washington DC, United States

My goal is to change the way we physically interact at work. I've seen trust and solidarity explode among colleagues when touch accomplishes what words cannot. Through my company, Yoga Incorporated, I'm developing theories on how to evolve the way we use our bodies at work. YI provides wellness services to the U.S. government, allowing  … [see more]

"DO fun and clever things"

Samantha Bell

Disruptive Technologies Business Strategist, Communications Designer, Creative | Runway Digital

Melbourne, Australia

I'm often surfing, skiing, doing karate, reading about the current disruptive tech, business, AI and life trends and... ~polishing people's business visions, business plans and stories to engage their staff, coaching and training people in digital, and providing direction on digital business trends for organisations via my company Runway Digital. ~ Creating an annual 3  … [see more]

""Long live the high tide and long live the low, but above all, long live the difference.""

Mandy Nguyen

The GO Project

San Jose, United States

In the beginning of 2014, I collided with 9 people that profoundly transformed the way I lived and thought. I joined The GO Project, an eclectic group of 9 individuals who had decided to take learning into their own hands, dedicating an entire year to travel to international innovation hubs and immerse themselves in culture,  … [see more]

"“A stage space has two rules: 1 - Anything can happen and 2 - Something must happen.”"

Nicholas Pickard

Director of Communications & Government Relations | Copyright Agency

Sydney, Australia

Nicholas is a communications specialist with an in-depth knowledge of media relations, public affairs, strategy and messaging development, reputation management, social media and marketing. Nicholas has managed the profile and reputation of organisations and public figures across government, transport and infrastructure, creative industries and the media. His experience includes orchestrating the narrative and communications plans  … [see more]

Ann Mossop

Head of Talks and Ideas | Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

I am the Head of Public Programs at the Sydney Opera House where I am responsible for the Ideas at the House program of talks, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and a range of other activities that bring the broader public to the Sydney Opera House. Part of my brief is to further develop the  … [see more]

"Passionate Entrepreneur, Curious Learner, Art Lover"

Canay Atalay

Cofounder | Patica

Istanbul, Turkey

I am a humanist, curious learner and mother -growing up together with my 2 daughters-. I accumulated and synthesized global business experience and methodologies over more than a decade mainly in innovation and business transformation domains using digital transformation, business design, design thinking & agile philosophical approaches. I co founded Patica in 2015., a disruptive  … [see more]

"PR on Purpose"

Karen Morris

Creative Director | Underground Communications

Sydney, Australia

I run a boutique Public Relations agency in Sydney. Our focus is on helping conscious businesses share their purpose and story with the wider community, with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility. I have a goal to change corporate culture to ensure that organisations work with a more ethical approach to their impact on all  … [see more]

"Entertaining Ideas"

LIsa George

Director | By George & Co

Sydney, Australia

Boutique agency providing boardroom entertainment drawing on the world of big ideas. … [see more]

"growing demand for design"

Mark Bergin

Founder | DRIVENxDESIGN - THE DESIGN 100

Blairgowrie, Australia

I'm DRIVENxDESIGN - founded the DESIGN SUMMIT TOUR and [city] design awards - NYC - SFO - CHI - LON - BRL - HKG - MEL - SYD DRIVENxDESING celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not  … [see more]

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

Montreal, Canada

I write about linguistics for a general audience. I'm currently writing a book about internet language and the future of English for Riverhead (Penguin). I was the Resident Linguist at The Toast, where I wrote about linguistics of the doge meme, Benedict Cumberbatch names, and more. I've also written pop linguistics for Slate and Mental  … [see more]

"Live performance & architecture"

Matthew Lorrimer

Project Manager | Crown Project Services/Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

Fresh out of university I was constructing scenery for the Nimrod Theatre (later to become the Belvoir Theatre) and have been in and around architecture, multi-sport events and entertainment ever since in China, Greece, India, Indonesia, Qatar, Turkey and UAE. Two years ago I was engaged at the Sydney Opera House to manage the front  … [see more]

"Let's do something epic"

Annie Bell (nee Woodhead)

Global Marketing Director | Alum of: BCG Digital Ventures, Fjord, GE, Financial Times

Sydney, Australia

I'm a big believer in the power of design to change the world. I'm fascinated by trends in the internet, design thinking and the application of technology to improve people’s lives. And I'm obsessed about new, bleeding edge technologies! My love affair with communications began almost 14 years ago, and I've been working in the  … [see more]

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