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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]

"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]

Jo Rhoden

Explorer and Designer

Berkhamsted, Great Britain

I work as an innovator and strategic thinker helping to shape a profession and practice. I use a design mind-set and skills to paint a picture of the possibility of the future. The next step is leading people along the pathway to get there, navigating ambiguity and bringing stakeholders on the journey to the future.  … [see more]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I treasure connecting and collaborating with others who care about the same, and welcome conversations about: - using business as a force for good, Conscious Capitalism - social innovation - arts as a  … [see more]

"Collect Moments, Not Things"

Maxwell Kangkolo

Entrepreneur-in-Residence - Connected Cities | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

Strategist. Connector. Storyteller. Thinker. Collaborator. I'm passionate about building a better world through leverage systems thinking and storytelling. I am believer in the power of collaborative creation to build a better world at the intersection of humanity and technology. Currently working as the Entrepreneur in Residence at IXDS in Connected Cities. Working to help design  … [see more]

"Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human."

Patrick Pittman

Editor | The Alpine Review

Toronto, Canada

I am a magazine obsessive caught in the space between print obsession and digital addiction. I’ve spent my career poking, prodding, pushing and telling stories across platforms, as a reporter, as a collaborator and as a maker of so many of the damned things. As well as freelancing here and there, I’m currently the co-editor  … [see more]

"ICT for a Sustainable World"

Michael Gosney

Director | Techné Verde

San Francisco, United States

I wear varous hats and work with different orgs and on different projects. Techné Verde is a non-profit under the Buckminster Fuller Institute involved with online tools for collaboration and evolutionary culture. I am also Associate Publisher of SynergeticPress.com. Long history in technology from late 80s digital media revolution, working in desktop publishing (Verbum magazine  … [see more]

"Designer | Thinker | Lover | Learner"

Sasha Abram

Design Researcher | Westpac

Sydney, Australia

I am a design researcher working in service design and social innovation at Westpac. I am currently completing a Masters by Research, looking at the potential for service design in the delivery of creative services, in a remote indigenous community in the central Australian desert. I run an annual Kythera Global Design Studio at UTS  … [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]

"Use what you have in your hands to create social impact"

Ralf Lippold

Strategic Process Specialist | HTxA - HighTech x Agency

Dresden, Germany

I am a passionate economist and lean thinker pulled by the value of the intersection between arts, science, and exponential technologies catalyzing the transformation of social and economic challenges into elegant ways with currently available resources. I have lived the first half my life in Western Germany, grew up with Apollo, "Fantastic Voyage" and explored  … [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]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"Focus on potential. Expand opportunity."

Todd Vogel

Managing Director | Loom, a foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

Loom funds projects at the intersection of equity and the environment. I am a cultural historian of race and class with a background in economics and finance, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. I branched out into not-for-profit and philanthropy work, focusing on the impact of  … [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]

"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]

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