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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.

   

"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]

"Design One of Everything"

David Caon

Designer | Caon Studio

Sydney, Australia

I am the Creative Director of an industrial design studio located in Sydney, Australia. We like to accept any challenge that our clients pose to us, but are fundamentally focused on two key aspects of design - function and aesthetics. Spaces and products need to function well so as to stimulate and not annoy, and  … [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]

"Consultant in design systems and design"

Victoria Milne

Design | 6¢ Design

Brooklyn, United States

My largest client now is the Times Square Alliance, in New York. I am commissioning NYC designers to develop new public furniture solutions for this dazzling public space. We have seen some great ideas and I can’t wait to prototype them on the plaza. Other clients include The Local Development Corporation of East New York,  … [see more]

"Outdoors Made Easy. No Car? No Problem."

Aaron Perlmutter

Entrepreneur | Turn Off The App: Go Outside

Barcelona, Spain

I'm 29 years old (as of December 2017). 12-26 y/o: I read a lot, traveled a lot, observed the world, attained several university degrees. That wasn't a waste of time. 26-now: Entrepreneurship. Wish I'd started at 12 years old. … [see more]

Alli Hornstein

Creative Strategy + Business/Experience Design

New York, United States

A systems thinker focused on human-centered design, I bring over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology, design and business innovation. I help companies uncover strategic opportunities and leverage insights to design experiences that bridge the gap between product and brand. Functional focus: Researching human behavior/ market trends/ emerging tech to inform  … [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 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]

"Idealist life, art and design connect people, the planet and a society in mutation."

Birgitta Ralston

Idealist Designer & Head of Ideal Village | Ralston & Bau

Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway

I am a lead designer dedicated to crafting prospective scenarios and designing products and spaces. Interested in art and social issues I like to reveal new ideas that appear where they cross. My studio Ralston & Bau pursue the unexpected and unexplored for companies and organisations that relate to people and aim to contribute to  … [see more]

"Always be ready"

Andrèz Coco

Service design lead | Innovation consultant | Marketing & Strategy

Sydney, Australia

I have been working as a Service design, Innovation and Marketing professional for the past decade in Europe, Africa, South-America and most recently in Australia. Some of my recent design and innovation roles have been with Vodafone, Qantas Loyalty, the United Nations and Future Transport. I currently works at NAB labs (innovation lab). I was born and  … [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 a UN SDG Advocate, I am on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within our planetary boundaries. I am striving to globally reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry. I do this in several ways; by speaking globally on Climate Change and Food  … [see more]

"Homesteading the noosphere"

Jason Juma-Ross

Tech & Connectivity Strategy Lead (APAC) | Facebook

Sydney, Australia

I am Facebook's APAC Head of Technology Industry Strategy. I work on the commercialization of Facebook's apps & services across the Tech, Telecoms & Media sectors. I have hands on experience in digital and mobile gained over 20 years' work in the industry with start-ups, large enterprise, and the public sector. I am also a  … [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]

"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]

"Love alive, generative people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | EDGEof

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]

"In permanent reinvention, learning and flow."

Fabian Szulanski

Co-Founder | The Values Foundation

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I wear several hats. In prehistoric times I was an Engineer. Nowadays i'm considered and play several roles as an iconoclast, an innovator, a visionary, a professor, a facilitator, a mentor, a learning and decision coach, an entrepreneur and a consultant, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy my workplaylearn, and other of my mottos  … [see more]

"If I can see it, I can make it"

Patrik Marien

Advisor product development approach, design & engineering - Professional triber

Antwerp, Belgium

I believe that visualizing situations, ideas and conversations as systems, connects people with different backgrounds and cultures to co-create great things with fun. I love to think like an artist and act like an engineer. My passion is helping leaders and teams to get creativity and the discipline to innovate the product design & development  … [see more]

"Rethink, Redefine, Ideate, Build, Bridge, Impact"

Yau Boon Lim

Co-Founder | dsignthinkr LLP

Singapore, Singapore

A graduate from School of Architecture, and MBA in International Business, I started my journey in designing and building homes, before embarking on a long career in marketing and strategy for enterprise software and info-comm technology innovators such as IBM, Motorola and SAP. With background in architecture, I evolved into a proponent in design thinking,  … [see more]

Susannah Yeung

Head of Brand and Marketing | Summer Land Camels

Sydney, Australia

I'm drawn to ventures that challenge the status quo and engage audiences to think differently about solutions to problems. I've worked in Australia and overseas with creative organisations including Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Saatchi & Saatchi and TEDxSydney, helping brands design strategic creative solutions for products, services and experiences. At the heart of all  … [see more]

"Create desirable and lasting impact"

Nancy Birkhölzer

Managing Partner | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

I empower individuals, teams & organizations to create desirable lasting impact. Before joining IXDS in 2012 I established Fjord's German studio in 2007, grew it to a team of 50 in my role as MD and then took on a Group Director role to build Fjord's global Service Design Academy. Fjord was sold to Accenture  … [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]

Will Berman

Student | Iovine-Young Academy at USC

New York, United States

I am currently a student in the Iovine-Young Academy at USC (http://iovine-young.usc.edu/), an interdisciplinary program that aims to teach students to think seamlessly across art, technology, business, and design. My experience lies predominantly in design -- when I was 15 I started a raw denim company, Unwashed Denim, out of my bedroom which eventually sparked  … [see more]

"Creativity = Imagination + Action"

Nati Sang

CEO & Founder | Makerspace Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I am an Entrepreneur, Inventor, Venture Capitalist, Educator, LEGO Certified Facilitator and a former Buddhist monk. I created Makerspace Thailand as a Community Innovation Lab that provides the tools, knowledge, and opportunity necessary for anyone to be an Innovator. … [see more]

"Envisaging the future to create a bridge to today"

Sam Bucolo

Design Strategy

Brisbane, Australia

I seek to enable businesses to grow and remain relevant through Design Led Innovation; while ensuring higher education programs evolve to match this structural industry shift. To achieve this I sit at the intersection of academia and industry and leverage networks to drive change through a design lens. … [see more]

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