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"Journalism: a master disguise for the overly curious"

Jane Nicholls

Editor • Journalist • Content Strategist

Sydney, Australia

I entered journalism through the work-experience back door three days after I finished my HSC, and then spent three decades in full-time employment as a journalist and editor. Along the way the magazines I collected included Follow Me, Harper's Bazaar, Mode, Good Weekend, Who and People USA. (Oh, and Electronics Today International and Modern Boating.)  … [see more]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer | Al Jazeera

Sydney, Australia

I am a producer currently at 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 SBS and ABC newsrooms, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and executive produced the breakfast show at 2SER 107.3. As a social activist, youth  … [see more]

"There is no try, only do"

Eileen Gittins

Founder and CEO | Blurb

San Francisco, United States

Back in the day, I was CEO of two start-ups in San Francisco, Personify and then Verb. But then 2001 hit and the crash happened and there was no proverbial room at any of the VC inns. So I started photographing again (I have a degree in Art/Photography) and in a former life worked for  … [see more]

Amy Denmeade

independent consultant

Sydney, Australia

I've worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. Currently working as an independent consultant. Co-founder TEDxSydney. Supporter of a number of fabulous organisations, including the Sydney Story Factory, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Access Now. … [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]

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

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, 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]

Wolfgang Gründinger

Policy Officer | German Association of the Digital Economy

Berlin, Germany

lobbyist for the digital transformation & fighter for future generations … [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]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Storyteller, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Redefining Outdoors(wo)man. Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Currently as a Research Fellow with Conservation X Labs I look for ways to distill grand challenges in water and biodiversity conservation to focus the ingenuity of humanity to solve these grand challenges. … [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]

"We bring the arts and health together to change worlds."

Maggie Haertsch

CEO | Arts Health Institute

Newcastle, Australia

In 2011 I co-founded the Arts Health Institute that does stunningly beautiful work injecting humanity into health and aged care environments. We grew from an idea to a substantial employer of artists nationally and we build on the strength of good research, scalable arts interventions that make a positive difference to the health outcomes and  … [see more]

"Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human."

Patrick Pittman

Editor | The Alpine Review

Toronto, Canada

I am a magazine obsessive caught in the space between print obsession and digital addiction. I’ve spent my career poking, prodding, pushing and telling stories across platforms, as a reporter, as a collaborator and as a maker of so many of the damned things. As well as freelancing here and there, I’m currently the co-editor  … [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]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

Ginger Briggs

Writer, editor, content marketer | Shebah

Melbourne, Australia

My first book, Staunch, was published in 2012 by Affirm Press. I've written other stuff, of course, including a five-year stint as a Big Issue columnist and an essay in the anthology She's Having a Laugh. My forthcoming novel is, well, still forthcoming. I have a day job at the rideshare startup Shebah. Actually, it's  … [see more]

"best time to solve a problem is immediately"

Fenella Kernebone

Presenter & Cultural Producer | Frankly Group + Freelance

Sydney, Australia

Head of Curation for TEDxSydney, presenter, interviewer and writer. I worked at the ABC for eons hosting all manner of radio and television programs in arts, design, culture, music. My hosting roles included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS. As  … [see more]

"Hit Print"

Daniel Milnor

Creative Evangelist for Blurb | Blurb, Inc.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

I am currently “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. the end-to-end indie publishing platform. I split my time between the smog-choked arteries of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. In the deep, dark past I was both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer, but also worked as a newspaper, magazine and  … [see more]

Peter Sprague

Entrepreneur, Chairman & Founder | HEARGLASS

Lenox, United States

I started wanting to be a journalist. I had an overwhelming curiosity about practically everything. An urge to get out of town, out of the known, discover what was on the other side of the hill even if it was another hill. My numerous entrepreneurial endeavors include the revival of the English car manufacturer, Aston  … [see more]

"Research designer, author, filmmaker, lecturer, facilitator"

Nora Bateson

President | International Bateson Institute

Stockholm & San Francisco, Sweden

My life & work is about increasing perception of the interrelationality that creates life. Since living systems are everywhere, I work with many sectors, generations, cultures and professionals. The spectrum of people and places I work with is a wondrous laboratory of context comparison... for mutual learning, for the ever lasting study of interdependency and  … [see more]

Kirsty de Garis

Writer, Curator, Project Manager | Freelance

Sydney, Australia

I started my professional life as a researcher at The Observer newspaper in London, after a brief stint in advertising. Clawed my way to writing features for the world's oldest broadsheet newspaper. It was an incredible cadetship. Studied modern history at graduate and postgraduate level, worked on the Australians at War Film Archive before making  … [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]

"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]

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