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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.

   

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

I have been working in higher education for several years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams get this, and go the extra mile for engaging education that aims to have a longterm impact. … [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]

"Doing well, while doing good"

Jose Adrian Gabriel-Camacho

Creador de Redes | Workósfera

Puebla, Mexico

I was born in African 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]

"Be present and help great people be even better"

Murray Strong

Independent Chairman & Director

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm a specialist generalist. With experience in aviation, education, tourism, banking, central and local government and a host of others, I've been lucky to work with a lot of great people. That's extended to public speaking and working with speakers in TEDx Queenstown and Christchurch as their speaker coach - fun and really rewarding to  … [see more]

Janelle Doll

Systems Consultant

San Diego, United States

I am an independent contractor who supports small businesses in their systems setup and project management so they can focus on doing the work they love. Throughout the year, I volunteer with TEDxSanDiego and other TEDx organizations to bring events to local communities. … [see more]

"Ideas excite me!"

Joan Margaret Anderson

Editor | SGI (Soka Gakkai International)

Tokyo, Japan

I have been in Japan for nearly 20 years, working for the SGI Buddhist association which has been an excellent place to encounter interesting people from around the world. The challenge of communicating what socially engaged, community based Buddhism is has kept me busy and as my language skills have improved, and my love of  … [see more]

"Putting the Culture back into Agriculture"

Robert Pekin

Founder & CiEiO | Food Connect

Brisbane, Australia

Born and bred on a dairy farm in Western Victoria, later to return to continue the family farm after a 10 year stint as an aircraft maintenance engineer, marine service proprietor, contract musterer, builders labourer, truck driver, mechanic and hydraulics technician. Since returning to farming my life has been committed to putting agriculture on a  … [see more]

"Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kulturtechniken"

Wolf Guenter Thiel

M.A. | Old School

Berlin, Germany

cultural researcher in the fields of comparative studies. i work as a rearcher, editor, publisher and as the head of the cultural institution Old School close to Berlin. My expertise involves at large asian cultural studies and aspects of cultural management on an international level. … [see more]

"From the Global Village to A Globe Of Villages"

Franz Nahrada

Connector and Researcher | GIVE research lab - Global Villages Network

Vienna, Austria

Since I was young, I was fascinated about two things: the enormous amount of human possibilities and potentials, and the gargantuan amount of suffering, blocks and inhibitions humans inflict on each other. The main theme of my life was to find out about social and spatial structures that foster both, individual growth and social harmony  … [see more]

"Good Purposeful Work with Good People"

Eric Lynn

Change Provocateur | cultureQs

Berlin, Germany

I am a Dialogue Facilitator, Change Provocateur, Consultant and Executive Coach. For more than 30 years, I have been working worldwide as an Organisation Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach for Cultural Integration, Change and Leadership, where the primary focus is on (Re-)Shaping Workplace Culture by Leveraging Cultural Differences. The learnings from these experiences across multiple  … [see more]

Alana Valentine

Playwright

Sydney, Australia

What makes you want to go to the theatre? Authenticity, community and provocation makes for intelligent entertainment. At least, that's the kind of theatre I want to make and see. In 2016 my plays LETTERS TO LINDY, LADIES DAY and THE TREE WIDOWS were performed in Australia. In 2017, COLD LIGHT, adapted from Frank Moorhouse's  … [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]

"There are no beaten paths for unconventional ideas. And no shortcuts."

Jessica Covi

Industrial + Experience Design | Grete Kraft Atelier

Sydney, Australia

I am an Austrian-born industrial designer who specializes in experiential and holistic product design. After my masters studies at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and some time working in Zurich, I moved to New York City and after working as an industrial designer for frog Design, teaching classes and workshops at SVA, NYU and  … [see more]

"inspired by an open world"

Andra Schumann

Founder | Akademie Bogensee

Berlin, Germany

Our team is on the way to establish a place close Berlin that will welcome every open minded and inspired person in the world to work with us on the idea of sustainability and self improving concepts that will chance the world. … [see more]

Javier Alvarez

Photographer

Santiago, Chile

I am a documentary photographer whose focus is on social issues regarding identity and resistance in different cities around Latin America. I completed my study in Professional Photography at ARCOS (Arts and Communication school), where I proceeded to begin my career as an assistant for a fashion and advertising photography studio in Santiago. I am  … [see more]

Dave Troy

CEO | 410 Labs, Inc.

Baltimore, MD, United States

I am a serial entrepreneur and community activist living in Baltimore, Maryland. I am the CEO and product architect at 410 Labs, maker of the popular e-mail management tool Mailstrom.co. I Have been acknowledged by the founding team at Twitter as the first developer to utilize the Twitter API, with my project “Twittervision,” which was  … [see more]

Kim Polese

Chairman | CrowdSmart

San Francisco, United States

I am a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. I currently serve as Chairman of CrowdSmart, a competition of ideas among informed individuals on critical startup success factors. I am also Chairman of ClearStreet, a social finance startup focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health. I was previously CEO of the  … [see more]

"come on, folks"

Daniel Joppert

Idea architect | JopA

São Paulo, Brazil

I write (plays, stories, scripts), I produce (cultural and educational projects), I get people together, I set fire, I also go along. Music is my goal, nonetheless I am finishing my first feature movie as screen writer and producer and writing a biography (not mine, please!). I like the stage, the lights, left there is  … [see more]

Sebastien Marot

Founder / Executive Director | Friends-International

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-International, an internationally acclaimed global social enterprise supporting over 90,000 marginalized children and youth each year. With my team of 700 staff I led the expansion of the organization into 12 countries across 4 continents, developing best practice programs that provide protection and social reintegration services including  … [see more]

Thiri Thant Mon

Co-Founder and Managing Director | Sandanila

Yangon, Myanmar

I am a managing director at Sandanila, a Yangon-based partnership which seeks to provide advice and to bring capital into Myanmar. I was previously at Yoma Strategic Holdings, Morgan Stanley and Capital One. I earned a degree in Economics from William & Mary and an MBA from the London Business School. … [see more]

"Do or do not. There is not try."

Joyce Yee

Associate Lecturer | Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain

I consider myself lucky to have found my calling and vocation in life in design from an early age. I have always been fascinated by what design is and what it can do. Initially my understanding of design as you could imagine was fairly shallow and I admired it for its power in making things  … [see more]

"Creating aware and inclusive communities through the platform of the arts."

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

Active across various disciplines, underlining all projects I am involved with is the effort to building future-focused and inclusive societies. As a systems thinker, I'm familiar with the work at each level - the intrapersonal, organisation and community. At the organisation level, I develop systems, processes and engage in planning activities to help enable consistency  … [see more]

Clara Vuletich

Sustainability Strategist & Designer

Sydney, Australia

I work as a sustainability strategist and trainer for fashion brands and organisations, helping them transition towards a sustainable supply chain; purpose-driven strategy and sustainable product offer. I began my journey as a printed textile design student in London, over 12 years ago. After learning first-hand about the damaging impacts of textile print and dye  … [see more]

"Design is about problem solving with people at the heart of it."

Vincent Zhang

Student | ArtCenter College of Design

Vancouver, Canada

My biggest inspiration in life are my parents, and the most important lesson they taught me is how to be adaptable. It is an innate ability that lies dormant in all of us and for me, I had to learn how to do it very quickly as I moved around along with my parents as  … [see more]

Jose Fernandez-Calvo

Owner | Grovear LLC

Miami, United States

Worked in Maritime Transport for over 20 years, now managing my own real estate investments in Miami. … [see more]

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