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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.

   

"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]

"Rage against the corners."

Leah Alissa Bayer

Architect | Perkins+Will

San Francisco, CA, United States

Leah's big-picture visioning and integrated, R&D-style approach to architecture stems from her multi-discipline background. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Fine Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, prior to architecture, Leah studied structural engineering for four years. Her architectural thesis, MECHA:spore, afforded her the opportunity to investigate  … [see more]

"Prototype positive change"

Stefan Hoevenaar

Founder, creative director | ILUMY, Plek

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Born a prototyper and entrepreneur. As a kid, before my 16th birthday, I prototyped a plant watering system, programmed instant messaging for the C64, painted bicycles for money, organised regional parties and learned to design and print the promo-posters, and won the youth prize in a national contest to run a virtual chocolate factory. In  … [see more]

"Looking for creative solutions - using tech, art and social capital"

Julia Champtaloup

Impact/Tech Startup Investor I Photographer

Sydney, Australia

Working to support technology and impactful new business Photographer I Editorial I Digital content I Online Strategy Editorial: AMagazine I Bookwitty I The Planthunter I Aircamp Previously : Director, ArtMonth Sydney Human Rights Advocate … [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]

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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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 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]

"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]

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