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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.

   

"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]

"Global Transformation, One Human Being at a Time"

Doug Breitbart

Founder, Co-Director | The Values Foundation

Paterson, United States

I am a father, an attorney, a teacher, a consultant, a philosopher, a coach, an executive, and a huge believer in our species and its ability to do better at fitting in and contributing to each other, the biome and our planet. Our Foundation is devoted to catalyzing human transformation in service to transforming our  … [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]

"Live an extraordinary life: a life of value, adventure, creativity and love"

Sarah Davis

Risk Management | Paddle the Nile

Sydney, Australia

I was born in England and moved to Australia in 2003 to a place I instantly fell in love with and feel very fortunate to have called home ever since. I was very proud to become an Australian citizen. My career has mostly been in banking as a risk manager and also in project management.  … [see more]

"Making it up as I go along."

Kerry O'Connor

Chief Innovation Officer | City of Austin

Austin, TX, United States

I head up a new office in the City of Austin to develop, test, organize and encourage innovative best practices in local government administration with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the City of Austin. I empower others to create unique and creative solutions to civic challenges by working across City departments;  … [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]

"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 the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Innovation | Education New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Currently I am heading up some exciting innovation projects for the tertiary sector in New Zealand. I also consult in International Government relations with a  … [see more]

"Awakening the Heart of our Humanity"

Anneloes Smitsman

Founder & CEO | EARTHwise Centre

Tamarin, Mauritius

I am a storyteller, an alchemist, a WISEwoman, an innovator and ecologist. My passion is to support people and organisations to raise their standards, awaken their heart, and actualise our true potential in the Spirit of Ubuntu. I founded EARTHwise Centre as a wisdom-based collaboratory for bringing into life the new thriveable system designs &  … [see more]

Joseph Karadin

Co-Founder | Tessellate

New York, NY, United States

I believe that great design should be a positive force for change and should be accessible to everyone that it touches. Great design should not just serve the Big guys, and more importantly it should be accessible to the smaller entities. My work spans many disciplines and types. From branded environments to museum exhibits and  … [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]

"Good Purposeful Work with Good People"

Eric Lynn

Change Provocateur | cultureQs

Munich, Germany

I am a Dialogue Facilitator, Change Provocateur, Consultant and Executive Coach. For more than 30 years, I have been working worldwide as an Organisation Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach for Cultural Integration, Change and Leadership, where the primary focus is on (Re-)Shaping Workplace Culture by Leveraging Cultural Differences. The learnings from these experiences across multiple  … [see more]

"Understand. Adapt. Thrive."

Kaila Colbin

Ambassador | Singularity University

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm the Australian and New Zealand Ambassador for the Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, founded by tech titans Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. In February 2018, we're bringing the first ever SingularityU Summit to Australia. The 3-day event will cover not only exponential technologies like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and digital biology, but also their implications:  … [see more]

Martin Wezowski

Chief Designer & Futurist | SAP's Chief Innovation Office

Berlin, Germany

I have been loving and living design and innovation my whole career. I moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to system design to be leading design as a strategic innovation instrument. Right now, I am on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer  … [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]

"Soft Skills Training and Coaching"

Michael Gencher

Soft Skills Trainer & Coach | The Business Lifesaver

Sydney, Australia

Working with individuals and teams to improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivering tangible outcomes and solutions. … [see more]

"clarify, simplify, inspire"

Alan Cadogan

Director | Urbanac

Sydney, Australia

I navigate the space between planning, architecture and development. Ever noticed that your planners, architects, engineers and land owners all seem to speak different languages? I specialise in helping them to focus and communicate to solve your complex urban problems. For the past 25 years I have pursued a career in urban design and planning  … [see more]

"Dolaborate and solve problems together!"

Moritz Gekeler

Collaboration Experience Officer | Dolaborate

New Delhi, India

In 2015 I founded DOLABORATE GmbH as a consultancy for creative collaboration and participatory design. Together with friends and partners around the world I help companies, teams and individuals to solve problems together. What fascinates me most about my work: The diversity of the projects and the different people I can work with every day.  … [see more]

"Shaping better experiences"

Patricia Roller

CEO | Vidlet Inc.

Los Gatos, United States

I am the founder and CEO of Vidlet, a platform for brands to connect with their customers around the world using mobile video selfies. I was previously one of the owners and Co-CEOs of frogdesign inc., a strategic, creative consulting firm operating in the US, Asia and Europe. At frog I was privileged to work  … [see more]

McKenzie Wark

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies | The New School

New York, United States

I am an Australian-born writer and scholar, known for my writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, and the Situationist International. My best known books are A Hacker Manifesto and The Beach Beneath the Street. … [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]

"“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]

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