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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.

   

"Engage, explore, entertain"

Rachel Scanlon

Head of Derivatives | Challenger

Sydney, Australia

I am a financial services leader with expertise in derivatives and funds management. I was born in Australia but, after qualifying as a lawyer, have spent a large part of my career leading teams in organisations around the world, mostly in London and Asia. I returned to Sydney three years ago where, following a stint  … [see more]

"“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll"

Itai Talmi

Founder CEO | BORN PARTNERS

Tel Aviv, Israel

WE CREATE BESPOKE FUTURES IN A WILD WORLD BORN IS A NEW KIND OF A FUTURES RESEARCH & STRATEGY FIRM, SUITED FOR BOLD IDEAS & ORGANIZATIONS IN A WILD WORLD. BORN. WE SERVE FUTURE PIONEERS. TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION. WE LIVE IN A NEW ERA. AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED AND SUDDEN RADICAL TRANSITIONS. THESE CONSTANT SEISMIC SHIFTS  … [see more]

"Storytelling with Impact"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Fabricating the Truth

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]

"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]

"In the end it is all about life."

David Carlson

Strategic creative director | david.se

Falsterbo, Sweden

I have been working with design strategy and creative direction for more than 25 years. A year ago I released a book called Make Design Matter, a pocket size guide to meaningful design. I'm a board member of Svensk Form, the design association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design. My social life  … [see more]

"Problems are opportunities in disguise"

Vivien Sung

Lab Leader & Design Academic | FutureAging Lab / UTS

Sydney, Australia

I'm a design strategist, educator and innovation facilitator with a specialty in human-centred design and research, transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration and facilitating user experience design that consider both systems and people in solving complex problems. My area of specialty is in collaborative design innovation between Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I established  … [see more]

"Making Investments work in the long-term for all"

Simon Fraser

Chairman | F&C Investment Trust

London, Great Britain

I worked at Fidelity International for 28 years, joining as an analyst and spending a number of years in Japan, overseeing investments for the Asia/Pacific region. I returned to the UK in 1999 to take up the position of Chief Investment Officer, a position I held until 2005. I now sit on multiple boards of  … [see more]

"Make stuff happen | Create magical connections | Educate | Inspire | Innovate"

Sarah Roocroft

Innovator • Design Thinker • Mumpreneur • Founder Sienna Baby & The Wonder Tribe | The Wonder Tribe • Sienna Baby

Melbourne, Australia

I am wired to create and connect; obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. I am passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs, women in business. I produce mind altering events. I am the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you  … [see more]

"Doing well, while doing good"

Jose Adrian Gabriel-Camacho

Creador de Redes | Workósfera

Puebla, Mexico

I was born in Africam Safari amongst lions and giraffes therefore I grew up with a love for nature and questioning our humanity's footprint and the impact we have to the environment. I've lived in Mexico for most of my life but I have spent many years abroad. Recently I lived in Australia where I  … [see more]

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

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance

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]

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author, Advisor, CoFounder | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation  … [see more]

"Create a pathway for future generations of Indigenous people"

Mitchell Ross

CEO | Muru Group

La Perouse, Australia

I am a young Indigenous entrepreneur who is committed to creating a "pathway" for future generations of Indigenous people. I am the Founder and CEO of Muru Group, a Supply Nation certified Indigenous business which provides Office Supplies, Stationery and Consumables, and IT Products and Solutions. Muru Group’s core focus is to be recognised as  … [see more]

"First the music. Then the community. After that comes everything else."

Jessica Brown

Artist Manager, Designer, Communications Facilitator | KIND // COOL

Berlin, Germany

I manage the careers of exceptionally talented, global-thinking music producers. Artist management is all about relationships; from social media, to drawing together teams across booking, PR and distribution agencies, and of course the people you meet on the dance floor! Last summer I set up my Berlin-based agency, KIND // COOL to specialise in the  … [see more]

"Design better health into cities"

Layla McCay

Director | Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

London, Great Britain

I am a British psychiatrist and public health specialist. My main interest is in making cities better for health. I run the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, a global think tank that examines how architects, urban planners and others can design and build better mental health into cities. I also work at the  … [see more]

"Be an action-based optimist"

Louka Parry

Director of Programs | Education Changemakers

Melbourne/Adelaide, Australia

Most days I work with incredible humans to unleash innovation in education by supporting passionate teachers and leaders to make change, be that small steps or moonshots. There much work to do to ensure that every kid gets an education worth having but there are true anonymous extraordinaries who are making a better world place  … [see more]

"Finding exceptionally talented people their dream job."

Sarah Riley

Chief Executive | Pacific Talent Partners

Sydney, Australia

I lead Pacific Talent Partners, we are a group of innovative and passionate people that partner with organisations doing interesting things to identify talent that makes a genuine impact to their success. We find people their dream jobs, work doesn't get more rewarding than that! … [see more]

Elsa Wormeck

creative consultant | facilitator | corecreate | communications

Berlin, Germany

I love facilitating workshops and creative meetings for organizations and teams. I started doing this when I was about five, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones with my friends. About thirty years later I began to realize that systemic thinking has ever been part of the state where I feel comfortable. Having started out as an  … [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]

"Make a Stand. Make it Happen."

Adrian Sandy

Strategist/Innovator/Improviser

Sydney, Australia

I am a marketing professional with 20 years experience across international FMCG and retail businesses. I love the alchemy of combining hard data with inspiration to create insight which can change peoples behaviour. I am also and experienced improviser and performer and constantly use these skills to discover and tell stories as life goes along! … [see more]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer

Sydney, Australia

I am a journalist and digital producer currently at SBS Australia, formerly with 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 ABC newsroom, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and produced the breakfast shift at 2SER. As a  … [see more]

"The very nature of life is expressed and experienced as rhythm"

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Potts Point, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 15+ years I’ve learnt that all most people consciously (and subconsciously) concern themselves with is the future and how it’s going to impact them. It’s why people devour any media that mentions future business predictions, peruse star signs and seek influential thought leaders as friends. We want to be at  … [see more]

"Culturally scrutinising Neolifism by actually doing it"

Oron Catts

Director/artist/curator/researcher | SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

I am the Co-Founder (2000) and Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia. Under my leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for  … [see more]

"Is it worthy of our utmost creativity? Does it serve?"

George Betsis

Creative Director | VCD+WE

Coogee, Australia

Meaningful creativity is about sharing an unapologetic truth with positive intent. I'm a creative director. Have worked in New York & Sydney. Built a troublemaking agency, VCD (Virtual Creative Department), which questioned everything and won Agency of the Year in our third year. Now applying creativity to help transform good brands and good organisations alongside  … [see more]

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Carli Leimbach

Founder, Facilitator, Designer | Future Leader Labs

Sydney, Australia

Hi! I am the founder of Future Leader Labs, developing self-aware leaders, future proofed and ready for the 21st Century. As a Facilitator, my super powers lie in listening out for greatness and inspiring clients to realise their creative potential. I have worked with corporates, agencies, co-operatives, entrepreneurs as well as NGO’s and brings extensive  … [see more]

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