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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.

   

"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]

"Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries"

Ross Dawson

Futurist and Entrepreneur | Rh7thm

Bondi Beach, Australia

I believe in the infinite. I am a futurist, speaking to and working with organisations globally to consider the future and what actions today will create the best possible outcomes in a rapidly changing world. I am founder and chairman of Advanced Human Technologies Group, which comprises five companies spanning professional services, publishing, events, apps,  … [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]

"Rethink Yourself after 50"

Joanna Maxwell

Educator and Advocate | Work In Colour Pty Limited

Sydney, Australia

I've fully recovered from my initial career as a corporate lawyer, and now help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond to reinvent their work and lives, so they can reclaim their future and create the life they want for the coming decades. I work with individuals and employers to find ways to maximise the  … [see more]

"We are the sum of our neural connections"

Jean Labuschagne

Philanthropist | The Labuschagne Foundation

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Entrepreneur, expert in next generation neuromodulation technologies and engaged philanthropist. I believe that every person, whether healthy or ill, has the right to be healthier in order to live a better life. In 2015, I founded The Labuschagne Foundation to help fund research in neuroscience and bioengineering along with new advances in integrated technology with  … [see more]

"I love impact people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | FabCafe Global, TEDxTokyo, Waterwheel

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

Andrea Cammarata

Architect

Milan, Italy

I am an architect with a demonstrated history of working in the education and education management industry. I am skilled in most digital instruments for professional architectural design, urban planning, sustainable landscaping, design management, capacity building design and, primarily, BIM. I was adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano for the last 19 years teaching a  … [see more]

Michael Stevens

Head of Concerts & Special Events | Fiery Angel Ltd

London, Great Britain

Washed-up singer, arts manager, fascinated with the role culture can play in building individual and community capacity and motivation. I'm an experienced artistic programmer and curator (ex Australian Chamber Orchestra, ex Melbourne Festival, ex Arts Centre Melbourne), with an extensive practice in the beyond profit sector. I've also had more than a decade's engagement with  … [see more]

"Be happy brain"

Surat Tanprawate

Doctor | The Northern Neuroscience Center, Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I work on neuroscience area with connection with the creative work to improving quality of life for people who disable with brain disease such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, pain, and also Aging. Health tech innovation is also my work to change the way to communicate with people. … [see more]

"Life is sailing! You need to know your vessel and your environment in order to navigate effectively."

Kornelia Dimitrova

Architect | Reefformers

Eindhoven, Netherlands

My creative efforts materialize anywhere in between objects, buildings and scenarios. In my work, I try to reinvent, revise and re-imagine reality and its future. I enjoy working on the border between science and fiction, which I find creatively liberating. … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [see more]

Adam Alter

Writer and Professor | New York University Stern School of Business

New York, United States

I study human judgment and decision-making: why we do, say, feel, and think what we do, and how the world we inhabit shapes those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most recently I've been trying to understand why we spend so much time in front of screens--phones, tablets, computers, TVs--and how screen time changes how we experience  … [see more]

Nick Hazell

R&D Director

Sydney, Australia

Once an Aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, I am now a Consultant and Inventor working on Product, Technology and Business innovations in FMCG. Staff member of UTS's groundbreaking Bachelors of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, I am passionate about food and innovation  … [see more]

Amanda Gonzalez

Founder | Act Casual

Sydney, Australia

Crafter. Writer. Eater. Maker. Mother. Reader. Over-thinker. … [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]

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

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

I help foster future-focused, aware and inclusive societies - through multiple platforms, and primarily with the vehicle of arts and cultural engagement. Within the arts and cultural sector, I am busy with the question of how we can make galleries and museums more inclusive - being relevant to the communities we serve as well as  … [see more]

"Architecture is alchemy, not just hard work"

Jan Golembiewski

Director | Psychological Design

Sydney, Australia

I'm an architect and a researcher in architectural design psychology. My buildings and my research is about the architecture we inhabit , the ways it affects our health and behaviour and what we can do to improve our lives simply through design. Somehow, during my PhD, I stumbled into the centre of current thinking about  … [see more]

Niels van der Linden

(Digital) Product Person

Istanbul, Turkey

I love combining digital technology with solutions for real world problems, currently mostly focused on the need and desire of people to learn. I'm a technologist; I keep track of emerging technologies and analyze their potential in different markets and industries. I have a big passion for finding ways to create impact with technology by  … [see more]

Niya Stoimenova

Transformation Conductor

Delft, Netherlands

I design organizational structures and capabilities that help companies create human-centered meaningful innovations. I've worked together with Philips, KLM and Barco. My education in mathematics makes me analytical and rational – qualities that are essential for finding smart solutions and designing systems that work. On the other hand, my background in design and philosophy is  … [see more]

"Every problem is an opportunity of having fun"

Liu Yan

Social Entrepreneur | School of Gumption

Singapore, Singapore

At School of Gumption, we build skills, learning experience and networks needed for purpose driven entrepreneurs or intrapreneur to become a better leader of positive impact, of which entrepreneurial mindset is an important skill for everyone, regardless of their topic and positions … [see more]

"Futurist, Curator, Strategy Facilitator, Coach"

Keke Quei

Futurist, Curator, Entrepreneur | KI Future Lab

Taipei-Shanghai, Taiwan

I am an Organization TourGuide, curating journeys making blueprints with people who care about their shared future and wish to create that future. … [see more]

"The wound is the gift"

Judith McLean

Professor | QUT/QPAC

Brisbane, Australia

In 2014 Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced a partnership to jointly establish the position of Chair in Arts Education. I am the inaugural Chair and currently QPAC’s Scholar in Residence. I'm excited be people who love learning and are curious about how we humans are the way we  … [see more]

"Traditional and normal can go elsewhere"

Elizabeth Ramsey

Founder | Blank Space

Oslo, Norway

Gallery, Workshops, Studios, Community - Visual Communication in Oslo. I was born in Toledo OH (1988). lived in San Francisco for 7 years, and then moved to Norway in 2012. Educated at the Academy of Art University, I have 2 Bachelor's Degrees in Fine Art, one with a focus in traditional illustration and one in  … [see more]

Jonathan Bielski

Artistic Director | Auckland Festival

Auckland, New Zealand

Previously Director, Programming at Sydney Opera House, now leading Auckland Festival from 2018. … [see more]

Ayse Nur Özcan

Programs Manager | Impact Hub Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Ayse Nur is a globetrotter with experience in social businesses and NGO’s in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. She previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Yunus Centre, Bangladesh. Following her return to Turkey, she worked as a manager in prominent social enterprises. She has experience in project management,  … [see more]

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