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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.

   

"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]

"The Future of Work is Human"

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]

"Knowing our individual environmental footprint shall be a human right"

Bruno BARTHAS

Founder | MyIceberg.net

Hamburg, Germany

I'm Bruno, 31yr old, European by Heart, French by nationality but mixed roots French/Asian. In life, I'm passionate about Kaizen/Continuous Improvement in every forms life offers. My heart beats for Environmental/Climate change topics, Technological Innovation, Education and experiencing new things that could make me a better me so I can, in return, better help to  … [see more]

"Evolving Integrated Architecture"

Leah Alissa Bayer

Founder + Studio Director | EVIA

San Francisco, CA, United States

Early in my career, I noticed a systemic discord between dated architecture and construction practices and the quickly evolving demands of modern living. This observation, paired with a healthy dose of curiosity, forward-focus, and passion for improving quality of life, inspires me to to push the limits of the architecture profession by challenging conventions and  … [see more]

Paul Shore

Filmmaker / Social Entrepreneur | PaulShore.net

Montreal, Canada

Never one to accept the status quo, I have spent the last 20 years working in social entrepreneurship, videojournalism, transmedia, and citizen engagement. Work interests include Social Innovation, Civic Tech, Trans-Media & Tech for Good … [see more]

"Keep learning"

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

Transdisciplinary thinker, researcher, designer, educator | University of Technology Sydney

Sydney, Australia

My favourite thing is learning together and I am generally interested in how we can make this complex world a better place. I love my work as senior lecturer in UTS transdisciplinary degree the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence & Innovation, as well as my work as designer & researcher in public and social innovation. My  … [see more]

"Developing the next generation of directors and boardrooms"

Paul Smith

Founder /CEO | Future Directors Institute

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

My purpose in life is potential, empowering and connecting the key players in the "new economy". Those people and businesses who have cottoned-on to the fact that "every man for himself" is not as successful as "every human for each other". I am the Founder of the Future Directors Institute - an education company and  … [see more]

"We are ships at sea, not ducks on a pond: Navigate the unknown."

Graeme Harrison

Looking for next step..... | The house of Harrison

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that until recently I looked after the Sales, Marketing and Product Management departments of Biamp Systems, a leading global manufacturer of professional AV equipment for fixed installation. I've been working in this industry for several decades and my main role was planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends.  … [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]

"Making things that matter"

Justin McMurray

Do-er and Maker

Sydney, Australia

I design digital products. I've been a startup founder, strategy director, social entrepreneur and much more. I am enjoying being back in Sydney having spent a number of years in London and Berlin. I love collaborating with people who have a beginner's spirit so feel free to get in touch for a conversation. … [see more]

"Become the best possible human being"

Jean-François Noubel

Open Source Human Being

Aix-en-Provence, France

I do R&D in collective intelligence and the evolution of our species. It has lead me to work on the next post-monetary technologies for the forthcoming 'after money' society. On a broader range I study the connection between architecture and consciousness. This makes me travel the world to give keynotes, teach at different universities, and  … [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]

Celso Santos

designer, CEO of Rio 21 Design and teacher | Rio 21 Design

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I am an industrial designer with a BA in design at ESDI-Rio in 1974, and a MA in design at PUC-Rio in 2017, with a lifetime experience as professional, having worked in industries like Ideal Standard (bathroom equipment), Escriba (office furniture), Ortopedia S.A. (hospital equipment) and M. Agostini (housewares), where I designed successful products that  … [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]

"So much of life is about attitude & how we handle what happens. Life is good no matter what."

Samantha Palmer

General Manager, People, Capability & Communication; Diversity & Inclusion Champ | Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Government

Canberra, Australia

I've been incredibly privileged to work in the private sector (owning my own business and working for others including receivers), the community sector, the State Public sector and the Commonwealth public sector across a wide range of topics. I have also been honoured to represent employers as a Board Director. This range has allowed me  … [see more]

"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]

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