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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.

   

"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]

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]

Peter Sprague

Entrepreneur, Chairman & Founder | HEARGLASS

Lenox, United States

I started wanting to be a journalist. I had an overwhelming curiosity about practically everything. An urge to get out of town, out of the known, discover what was on the other side of the hill even if it was another hill. My numerous entrepreneurial endeavors include the revival of the English car manufacturer, Aston  … [see more]

"Create desirable and lasting impact"

Nancy Birkhölzer

Managing Partner | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

I empower individuals, teams & organizations to create desirable lasting impact. Before joining IXDS in 2012 I established Fjord's German studio in 2007, grew it to a team of 50 in my role as MD and then took on a Group Director role to build Fjord's global Service Design Academy. Fjord was sold to Accenture  … [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

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 Reform. Also by consulting and  … [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]

"Engage, explore, entertain"

Rachel Scanlon

Head of Derivatives | Challenger

Sydney, Australia

I am a financial services leader with expertise in derivatives and funds management. I was born in Australia but, after qualifying as a lawyer, have spent a large part of my career leading teams in organisations around the world, mostly in London and Asia. I returned to Sydney three years ago where, following a stint  … [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]

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]

"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]

"If you never do anything interesting, no one will ever ask you to do anything interesting."

Bob Barton

Managing Director | Golden Age Cinema / Bob Barton Design

Sydney, Australia

Landscape architect. Architectural, interior and furniture designer. Cinema owner. I make places for people and occasionally art for myself. … [see more]

"Making Investments work in the long-term for all"

Simon Fraser

Chairman | F&C Investment Trust

London, Great Britain

I worked at Fidelity International for 28 years, joining as an analyst and spending a number of years in Japan, overseeing investments for the Asia/Pacific region. I returned to the UK in 1999 to take up the position of Chief Investment Officer, a position I held until 2005. I now sit on multiple boards of  … [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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"'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]

"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]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer

Sydney, Australia

I am a journalist and digital producer currently at SBS Australia, formerly with 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 ABC newsroom, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and produced the breakfast shift at 2SER. As a  … [see more]

"The very nature of life is expressed and experienced as rhythm"

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Potts Point, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 15+ years I’ve learnt that all most people consciously (and subconsciously) concern themselves with is the future and how it’s going to impact them. It’s why people devour any media that mentions future business predictions, peruse star signs and seek influential thought leaders as friends. We want to be at  … [see more]

"Don't work with a**holes."

Fraser Orford

Company Manager | Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific

Sydney, Australia

Originally training as a Town Planner, I soon found myself becoming less engaged with the field, and more interested in a career in the arts. Since training at NIDA, I have worked as a Arts Administrator freelancer for Opera Australia, ATYP, Belvoir and the ABC. I am currently the Production Coordinator for the Ambassador Theatre  … [see more]

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