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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.

   

"People will never forget how you made them feel... - Maya Angelou"

Imogen Brennan

Journalist & Communications Consultant

Sydney, Australia

Journalist and Communications Consultant … [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 an Official UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries. His aim is to  … [see more]

"do clever things"

Samantha Bell

Business Strategist, Lead Gen, Action, Creative | Runway Digital

Melbourne, Australia

hi, i’m sam bell. i’m lucky to work with some of the world’s best founders and organisations. if you’re a leader who’s keen to create something exceptional, we could work together. runwaydigital.com/advisory if you want to improve how you look online, here’s how. good luck! runwaydigital.com/lift-off-store twice a month you can receive an email with  … [see more]

"Create Social Fiction"

Thimo Valentin Schmitt-Lord MBE

CEO | Bayer Foundations

Berlin, Germany

Hey there, I am responsible for the non-profit giving of Bayer and Bayer Foundations throughout the world. Our foundation programs operate like a seed fund for frontier scientists and impact pioneers – with special interest in life science, agronomy, medicine and social innovation. Personally, I am passionate about the creation of societal impact by applying  … [see more]

Gerardo Betancourt

Coach and Speaker | The Influencer Method Institute

Mexico City, Mexico

I'm the licensee and curator of TEDxMexicoCity since 2010, and TEDx Ambassador for Mexico since 2015. I'm on the mission to contribute to a new generation of Mexicans. Kinder, smarter, more connected, more reflexive. I love to travel, to read and to have thoughtful and meaningful conversations. … [see more]

"Bring Chaos to your Order!"

Laurie Rosenwald

designer, painter, mistakes on purpose workshop holder | rosenworld.com

nyc, United States

I am a painter, author, and principal of rosenworld, a design, illustration and animation studio. Actually there is no studio; I usually work alone, and rosenworld doesn’t exist. In spite of this, rosenworld.com was launched in 1995. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and have taught at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design,  … [see more]

"Passionate Do-er"

Margaret Cheng

People, Culture & Engagement Lead | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I thrive on diversity of work and seeking and delivering creative solutions to challenges. I have a strong bias towards action which has earned me the reputation of someone who gets things done. I facilitate impact with my work with Remarkable, Australia's first disability tech accelerator, supporting startups developing technology with people with disabilities. I  … [see more]

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

CieJai Zarb

Partnerships Manager | Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

I'm a Partnership Manager driven by a passion for business, meaningful connections and results. I am always looking for ways to bring brands to life through the creation of unique and engaging experiences. I’m passionate about creating partnerships that are win-win-win. I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of different sectors including  … [see more]

"Innovation research and strategy consulting"

Lukas Pardylla

Consultant | Beluga Strategic Design GmbH

Berlin, Germany

I live in Berlin and have a Master from the University of Arts in Berlin in Corporate and Business Communication, which includes a semester abroad at UTS Sydney. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in sports Management from the Ruhr University Bochum. Between the Bachelor's and Master's studies, I was hired  … [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]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Activist, Consultant, Facilitator, ... | various GLocally....

Berlin, Germany

"I had a couple of lifes: technician and engineer, planner, consultant, sales and marketing, infographics coiner, environmental management and research, curator, futurist, educator, facilitator, ... in fields as wide as: environmental education, culture, youth, media,... My function is capacitity building along and across scales and cultures in an appreciative, attentive style typical for concerned generalists,  … [see more]

"Virtual Reality for Climate Change"

Debriana Berlin

Co-Founder, Managing Director | The Future Reference

Los Angeles, United States

We are launching The Museum of Earth in 2019 in Los Angeles. A groundbreaking virtual & augmented reality installation creating awe and wonder about the natural world, ultimately driving climate-positive behavior change. … [see more]

RICARDO MUTUBERRIA ZABALA

Freelance Consultant | ricardo.mutuberria.com

Barcelona, Spain

I am a scientist, a science communicator, a biohacker and a museum innovator. I promote scientific culture by transforming science into social, fun, engaging experiences and create democratic science ecosystems for the community. In the upcoming years, we will see the creation of multidisciplinary community-based science labs at museums, libraries, cultural centers, schools, universities etc.  … [see more]

"To create... and be a conduit for change."

Nathan Drabsch

Creative Director / Director / Designer / Founding Partner of Kin Things | Kin Things (Kin)

Sydney, Australia

I am a founding partner, creative director and designer for Sydney based creative studio, Kin Things (Kin). I partner with brands, studios, agencies, marketers and fellow creatives to develop high-end creative solutions. My primary focus is on moving image, directing, design, brand experiences & creative solutions. Over the course of my career I have designed,  … [see more]

"Make it happen!"

Renee Gangemi

Head of Marketing | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

Love learning new things, solving problems and understanding why or how something is done. I think learning or seeing things from those that are at the top of their field is fascinating. … [see more]

"Supporting individuals in having an impact on climate change."

Linh Do

Australia and Pacific Lead | Climate Reality

Melbourne, Australia

I am passionate about social change, with a decade of experience in environmental issues. M background is in community organising, new media and strategy development. I'm bringing my different skills and experiences together now, as Australia and Pacific lead for The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program. Before that my work has  … [see more]

"Your story, changing the world"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Storytelling with Impact

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]

"Making connections"

Lisa Hresc

Director | Lee Media & Co.

Sydney, Australia

I do what I love and love what I do. My passion is to bring a brand or content to life with multiple and diverse mediums. Producing great experiences for amazing people. I love film, art, music, media, publishing and travel - anything that will transport you to another time and place. With over 25  … [see more]

"Big Ideas, Big Heart, Big Impact."

Oona Eager

Head of Community Engagement | THNK

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

I am a professional convener and communicator, committed to advancing innovation for good. I am formerly of the corporate tourism world, but have always been entrepreneurial at heart. … [see more]

"Make useful and beautiful things"

Sascha Mombartz

Designer | Office for Visual Affairs

New York, United States

I'm a UX Designer and entrepreneur and run a multidisciplinary user experience design studio in New York. Previously I worked at the New York Times and at Google's Creative Lab in New York. After launching a retail and public opinion startup I decided to start my own design practice: The Office for Visual Affairs. I  … [see more]

"Interculturist, Global Citizen, Community Builder + Strategist"

Grace Clapham

Founder | The Change School & Agent Grace

Singapore, Singapore

A Third Culture Kid, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, I've lived in Asia for nearly 20 years and spent majority of my primary and high school years in Singapore before moving to live in various other countries. I have a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs and individuals to take action and make a change, no matter  … [see more]

"There's a silver lining to everything"

Lucy O'Connor

Social media + corporate research + projects | Jaxsta

Sydney, Australia

9 to 5 I'm at Jaxsta, an amazing music tech start-up company building the world's first all-inclusive, official music industry data platform. In my spare time I'm a musician (find me @lucytigermusic); create music and entertainment industry content and articles for Ventilator News (@ventilator.news) and I'm in the process of creating Millennial Falcons - stay  … [see more]

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

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance / University of Leeds

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]

"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]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I treasure connecting and collaborating with others who care about the same, and welcome conversations about: - using business as a force for good, Conscious Capitalism - social innovation - arts as a  … [see more]

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