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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]

"1+1=11"

Ferdi Van Heerden

Innovation Designer | Self employed

Berlin, Germany

My clients usually call when the strategy GPS says: “You can’t get there from here.” Inspired innovation comes from the marriage of breakthrough perspectives and experienced deployment. IDEO taught me about design, Adidas gave me a passion for performance. Working as an independent for almost 7 years has given me the confidence to follow my  … [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]

"More new thinking please!"

Lindy Jones

Wordsmith | Marketer | Sustainability Advocate

Sydney, Australia

25 years in the corporate world across Australia/New Zealand, Asia, UK/Europe and North America has taught me that most company cultures stifle, rather than foster, creativity and innovation; the very attributes that drive competitive advantage and value creation. Working across multiple disciplines like marketing, communications, corporate affairs and sustainability has left me determined to spearhead  … [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]

""Matching actions to concerns, with joy""

Daniel Goldman

Managing Director/Co-founder | Ignition Angels/EDGEof/...

San Francisco, United States

I deeply want the world to work well for 100% of the people. I used to think tech was the answer, now I know it takes a dedicated group to enable a larger group of enlightened change makers. Early on, in the 70s & 80s, I worked with computer and online technology as a way  … [see more]

"Future thinking"

Leone Lorrimer

Strategic Consultant | Lorrimer Consulting

Sydney, Australia

I have over 25 years of experience as a major projects architect and strategic planner for the delivery of successful projects from masterplans to iconic buildings. Supplementing more than 20 years as a consultant, I spent 5 years as client to some of the world’s leading architects on 3 iconic museums in the UAE. I  … [see more]

"Turn Off The App: GO OUTSIDE"

Aaron Perlmutter

Entrepreneur | @turnofftheapp

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]

"A process can not be understood by stopping it."

Carl Kjellman

Mediator

Washington, DC, United States

I am a mediator and facilitator focusing on environment and resources. My perspective on this work is shaped largely by my first year out of college, when I worked as a researcher compiling legal research on water rights in California. Although this was before the water shortage had entered the public consciousness at a national  … [see more]

"Live in the US, breathe Latin America"

Marina Spindler

Founder | Latam Board LLC

New York, United States

With 15 years of experience building Latin America’s most influential business community, I founded Latam Board LLC (LaB) to guide companies and non-profits seeking inroads in Latin America. Previously, I was the chief architect and brand manager of the Group of Fifty (G50), an organization founded by leading thinker and best-selling author Moisés Naím. Responsible  … [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]

"I like too many things"

Odysseus Mourtzouchos

Designer, Architect, Photographer, Dj, Co-Founder | Meera - Art on Ethical Clothing

Berlin, Germany

I studied graphics and sustainable architecture; got into photography through my passion for travelling. My greatest love though is music and I collect records and dj to this day. Still trying to figure out how to combine all the things I love, while managing to make a living. Currently starting a new project (Meera), putting  … [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]

"Question, Learn, Repeat."

Susan McMahon

General Manager | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I am still, after many years, learning who I am and continually developing new insights and knowledge. I am a management consultant and a global citizen. I have worked across multiple industries, with many companies, helping solve a variety of problems. I love and crave learning new things and applying my skills in interesting environments.  … [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]

"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]

"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]

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]

Thorleif Thorleifsson

Sailor, Public Speaker, Organizational Developer

Oslo, Norway

I am involved in three activities I do call work: 1) Sailing expeditions into the Arctic - and lectures/storytelling based on that. 2) Business development. Part-owner and Chairman of the board in two online-business-startups and board member in three "artfirms". 3) Consultancy. Facilitating strategy- and/or change processes in other companies … [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]

Jan Stassen

Project Developer / Explorer / Translator | Museum of Values

Berlin, Germany

Some old friends still call me Janni. I have always been the small kid. Not that I grew a lot over the last couple of years. No. Didn’t happen. Still relative small. But when I left my hometown, I started to grow, develop and create my own little universe. Besides working in advertising as a  … [see more]

"The Future of Work is Learning"

Donna Eiby

Creative Director | 4th Industrial Revolution.org

Budds Beach, Australia

I was born in Malaya which no longer exists as a country; right from day one my life has been characterized by change; I've lived in 23 cities, attended 8 schools and 6 universities. My first business, whilst 23 years old, has undertaken over 1500 projects in 354 companies. My second brings together specialists across  … [see more]

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