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"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]

Nissan Graisel

Head of Service Design at EY - Customer & Digital | EY

Tel Aviv, Israel

I am a strategic design practitioner using the design/creative thinking for finding needs and solving problems. And I can't believe I'm getting paid for it! I work with and for people, making sure business organization and social innovators understand them better and are able to create meaningful and relevant new offers. … [see more]

Pilar Opazo

Post-Doctoral Research Scholar | Columbia University

Santiago, Chile

I like both theory and practice. I believe that one's work needs to have an impact and, for this reason, I am always looking for opportunities to apply ideas and methodologies to new settings. My passion is to understand social behavior by looking at agents' (individuals or organizations) attitudes, values and goals. I believe that  … [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]

"Get up and do your best"

Mick Garnett

CEO | Variety Australia

Sydney, Australia

I'm a leader with more than 20 years experience across FMCG, Consumer Durables, Sport, Arts and Social Change. … [see more]

"Storytelling with Impact"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Fabricating the Truth

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]

"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]

"Where Innovation Takes Shape"

Rob Grey

CEO / Founder | Rocketfuel

Cape Town, South Africa

I'm blessed with an amazing family. My wife, who has proved to be my rock time and time again. My two kids have taught me see the world through different lenses and who I learn from every day. We live an amazing life in CapeTown, South Africa. As an outdoor family we are always training  … [see more]

"Problems are opportunities in disguise"

Vivien Sung

Lab Leader & Design Academic | FutureAging Lab / UTS

Sydney, Australia

I'm a design strategist, educator and innovation facilitator with a specialty in human-centred design and research, transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration and facilitating user experience design that consider both systems and people in solving complex problems. My area of specialty is in collaborative design innovation between Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I established  … [see more]

"I build, fund and grow new ventures"

Dave Lim

Polymath, provocateur, possibility and pioneer | IdeasWorthDoing.org

Singapore, Singapore

I bring and build ideas into reality. I am at TEDx Ambassador, Singularity U alum, and have been cofounder of Innovation X at The Coca-Cola Company, a venture capitalist in a $ 1bil Asia Pacific fund growing >200 companies, a high tech entreprenuer in Silicon Valley and Asia, innovation catalyst, a digital environmentalist at EarthHour-WWF,  … [see more]

"Make stuff happen | Create magical connections | Educate | Inspire | Innovate"

Sarah Roocroft

Innovator • Design Thinker • Mumpreneur • Founder Sienna Baby & The Wonder Tribe | The Wonder Tribe • Sienna Baby

Melbourne, Australia

I am wired to create and connect; obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. I am passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs, women in business. I produce mind altering events. I am the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you  … [see more]

"Doing well, while doing good"

Jose Adrian Gabriel-Camacho

Creador de Redes | Workósfera

Puebla, Mexico

I was born in Africam Safari amongst lions and giraffes therefore I grew up with a love for nature and questioning our humanity's footprint and the impact we have to the environment. I've lived in Mexico for most of my life but I have spent many years abroad. Recently I lived in Australia where I  … [see more]

"whose brain is in the networks and whose soul is with the water sprites"

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance

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]

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author, Advisor, CoFounder | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation  … [see more]

"Create a pathway for future generations of Indigenous people"

Mitchell Ross

CEO | Muru Group

La Perouse, Australia

I am a young Indigenous entrepreneur who is committed to creating a "pathway" for future generations of Indigenous people. I am the Founder and CEO of Muru Group, a Supply Nation certified Indigenous business which provides Office Supplies, Stationery and Consumables, and IT Products and Solutions. Muru Group’s core focus is to be recognised as  … [see more]

"Design better health into cities"

Layla McCay

Director | Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

London, Great Britain

I am a British psychiatrist and public health specialist. My main interest is in making cities better for health. I run the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, a global think tank that examines how architects, urban planners and others can design and build better mental health into cities. I also work at the  … [see more]

"Developing engaging education for future design thinkers"

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

After working in higher education for about 7 years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics, I felt the need to accelerate these changes in education. So, I started my own company: Fundamentals Academy. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams  … [see more]

"Be an action-based optimist"

Louka Parry

Director of Programs | Education Changemakers

Melbourne/Adelaide, Australia

Most days I work with incredible humans to unleash innovation in education by supporting passionate teachers and leaders to make change, be that small steps or moonshots. There much work to do to ensure that every kid gets an education worth having but there are true anonymous extraordinaries who are making a better world place  … [see more]

Jochen Schweitzer

Director | UTS Business School

Sydney, Australia

My teaching, research and consulting is in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship with a special interest is design thinking, data science, urban planning and open innovation. I work at the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney where I am a Senior Lecturer and Director for the MBA Entrepreneurship. I am also the Founder of  … [see more]

"Creating Locally | Impacting Globally"

Anna-Marie Wallace

Artist | Designer | Innovator | Made OF Australia

Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia

I'm a multidisciplinary creative who works both alone & collaboratively, producing engaging & thought provoking work; sometimes functional, sometimes impractical, but always ethically & mindfully produced. Primarily I create functional ceramics for creative chefs globally, one-off works for galleries (with Australian clays, native textiles, & indigenous timbers), & engage with others to help grow their  … [see more]

Elsa Wormeck

creative consultant | facilitator | corecreate | communications

Berlin, Germany

I love facilitating workshops and creative meetings for organizations and teams. I started doing this when I was about five, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones with my friends. About thirty years later I began to realize that systemic thinking has ever been part of the state where I feel comfortable. Having started out as an  … [see more]

"Let's make the world a playground, not a battlefield."

Ladeja GODINA KOSIR

LEADER & CONNECTOR | CIRCULAR CHANGE

Ljubljana, Slovenia

I am like a ball in a pinball:) Following my intuition, exploring, learning, communicating, connecting. Backed by experiences earned in executive positions in creative industries, I like to challenge old business models, patterns and paradigms in a creative way. I am a connector and marketing-communications professional with 20 years’ experience in the Adriatic region. Enjoying  … [see more]

"'The only thing more powerful than ownership is authorship'."

Aaron Tait

Entrepreneur | Education Changemakers, Spark* International Accelerator, YGAP

Bondi, Sydney, Australia

I left home as a 17 year old, joined the military with the goal of making a difference by being a UN peacekeeper one day, and in my first year in, found myself in the Middle East after 9/11. Still led by a desire to do good, I left the military as a 24 year  … [see more]

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