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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.

   

"The wound is the gift"

Judith McLean

Professor | QUT/QPAC

Brisbane, Australia

In 2014 Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced a partnership to jointly establish the position of Chair in Arts Education. I am the inaugural Chair and currently QPAC’s Scholar in Residence. I'm excited be people who love learning and are curious about how we humans are the way we  … [see more]

Jonathan Bielski

Artistic Director | Auckland Festival

Auckland, New Zealand

Previously Director, Programming at Sydney Opera House, now leading Auckland Festival from 2018. … [see more]

"Less is the new more."

Karrie Jacobs

writer, teacher, urbanista | myriad

Brooklyn, United States

I write about architecture, design, cities, travel and things that are tangentially related for a variety of magazines. And I teach students at SVA's grad program in design criticism how to interpret and develop a well-informed attitude about the city around them. I've written 1.5 books (The Perfect $100,000 House and Angry Graphics) and may  … [see more]

Ayse Nur Özcan

Programs Manager | Impact Hub Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Ayse Nur is a globetrotter with experience in social businesses and NGO’s in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. She previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Yunus Centre, Bangladesh. Following her return to Turkey, she worked as a manager in prominent social enterprises. She has experience in project management,  … [see more]

"Buy less - Pay more"

Adrian Newstead

Art Consultant | Cooee Art and Adrian Newstead Fine Art

Sydney, Australia

I am a consultant and entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience working in Aboriginal and Australian Contemporary art. I established Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery -Coo-ee Aboriginal art Gallery in 1981. Amongst the many positions I have held have been Founding President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and Director of Aboriginal Tourism  … [see more]

John MacFarlane

Special Projects Producer | POV/American Documentary

Brooklyn, United States

I’ve spent my career learning to tell stories in creative ways using various technologies and platforms. I’m not an evangelist for digital storytelling at the expense of other media – I love sitting in a cinema more than pretty much anything else – but I am a proponent of trying new things, prioritizing innovation, and  … [see more]

Matt Levinson

Communication Manager | Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Sydney, Australia

Matt Levinson is a communications strategist with experience developing and driving effective traditional and digital campaign strategies at the local, state and national level. As communications manager for Sydney mayor Clover Moore, he coordinates large scale communication and community engagement projects, manages emerging issues, and positions and advises senior leaders. Matt led communications for the  … [see more]

"Passionate evangelist"

Julie Moses

Sales & Marketing Consultant | Freelance

New York, NY, United States

Currently consulting for a new venture in the IPTV Branded Entertainment space, and working with a development agency on a new retail shopping app. … [see more]

"no job too big. no job too small. no job too medium."

Laurie Rosenwald

designer, painter, mistakes on purpose workshop holder | rosenworld.com

nyc, United States

I am a painter, author, and principal of rosenworld, a design, illustration and animation studio. Actually there is no studio; I usually work alone, and rosenworld doesn’t exist. In spite of this, rosenworld.com was launched in 1995. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and have taught at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design,  … [see more]

"Hit Print"

Daniel Milnor

Creative Evangelist | Blurb, Inc.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

I am currently “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. the end-to-end indie publishing platform. I split my time between the smog-choked arteries of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. In the deep, dark past I was both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer, but also worked as a newspaper, magazine and  … [see more]

"Be curious and push boundaries"

Magda Cortez

Snr Product Manager & Marketer

Sydney, Australia

I am a strategic design thinker who has spent the last 10 years in media crafting cross-platform digital experiences. Passionate about entertainment, social media, popular culture and the fusion of old and new media, my experience spans product management, innovation, marketing, content creation and design. … [see more]

"Know the rules then break the rules."

Thomas Oosthuizen

Global Consulting Director | Acceleration

London, Great Britain

Today, life and work is about living with contradictions, paradoxes, risks, fears and uncertainties. These are endemic in the way I work and think. There are no ordinary solutions to the challenges of the times we live in. Nothing inspires me more than to combine knowledge, experience, viewpoints, approaches, insights - and come-up with new  … [see more]

"Question everything"

Dan Reardon

Strategy & Operations | DoorDash

Chicago, United States

I'm a jack-of-all-trades who thrives on chaos in an early-stage startup environment. I'm a hustler, hacker, and highly skeptical of conventional wisdom. I like to build meaningful products and companies with interesting people. Currently, I'm working in Operations at DoorDash. Previously, I founded a company focused on improving communication and the strength & conditioning training  … [see more]

"#respect serendipity #platform thinking #competence platforms #ecosystem development #vucability"

Ilkka Kakko

Founder and Partner | 3GSP Ltd, Karostech Ltd

Sotkuma, Finland

I am a Jester of all Trades, I passionately enjoy challenging the 'normal thinking' and established structures, encouraging people around the world to prepare for the emergent Postnormal Era. I have researched serendipity over ten years and been a leading advocate in Respect Serendipity - principle. I enjoy to connect and collaborate with people who  … [see more]

Eddie Harran

Explorer-in-Residence | Deloitte Centre for the Edge

Melbourne, Australia

Futurist + Temporal Designer. Come say hello on twitter - @eddieharran … [see more]

"Innovate with your finances"

Sophie Grimbert Tweed

IFA | VIA

Toulouse, France

Curious & eager to learn families stories, choices and objectives. … [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]

Robert D. Austin

Professor | Ivey Business School

London, Canada

Researcher, teacher, experienced manager at major multinational corporations (automotive and technology companies) and educational institutions (dean of a business school, CEO of executive education foundation); experienced C-Level consultant to many multinational companies; for more than a decade , faculty chair and faculty member in executive education programs at Harvard Business School; author of several books  … [see more]

"Do things that make your heart grow"

Masako Fukui

Writer/Producer/Storyteller/Journalist

Sydney, Australia

Japanese Australian, born in India. I'm a bilingual writer, radio documentary producer, journalist and storyteller. Was previously a sex educator in schools and a community health worker. As a media professional I've worked for high profile institutions including the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei (Nihon Keizai  … [see more]

"Do what you love."

Chloe Ferres

Photographer, Graphic Designer, Creative Thinker, Conceptual Artist, Lecturer

Sydney, Australia

I am a creative. I am a collector of maps, postcards, stamps, scissors, rocks, cameras, rulers, glass jars, and much more. I am a traveller, seeking to set foot on every continent. I am a bibliophile, and my home is overflowing with books. I love to learn. I have undergraduate degrees in both Photography and  … [see more]

Emma Vuletic

Screenwriter and writer

New York, United States

Writer for screen and theatre. Developing, scouting, and adapting literary properties between New York, UK and Australia. I have worked with Macmillan Entertainment, Southern Light Films, Miramax UK, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the Royal Court Theatre UK, Flying Bark Pictures, Aquarius Films, Company Pictures UK and other companies. … [see more]

Sam McCool

Writer, Artist, Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

I'm a global thinker, world traveler and multi-linguist - 60 countries. 4 languages. 5 continents. I work as a professional speaker, event MC and stand up comedian and playwright - with sold out solo shows at Sydney Opera House; co-wrote & starred in new Aussie play 'Lighten Up', acted in film & TV. I'm also  … [see more]

"The visionary is the only true realist (Fellini)"

Andrew Westcombe

Technical Editor | Australian Digital Health Agency

Sydney, Australia

I'm trained as a philosopher, but pay the bills as an editor, working closely with experts across the gamut of health, IT, and everything in between. It's good work, that ultimately will save many lives and a great deal of money, albeit in a very abstract way. In a similarly abstract way, I see philosophy  … [see more]

"Travel Deeper."

Jill Greenwood

Director, AFAR Experiences | AFAR

Vancouver, Canada

I curate and produce AFAR Experiences, an immersive travel event series that takes readers of AFAR Magazine to worldwide destinations and introduces them to the remarkable local people who are doing incredible things. We provide unprecedented access to fascinating people, places and projects, and strive to inspire and enable our attendees to connect and engage  … [see more]

"Do Good Work. Have Some Fun."

Remo Giuffre

Founder & Director | General Thinking, TEDxSydney & REMO General Store

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

I am a thinker and creative strategist with a track record as an entrepreneur and brand builder. I founded the REMO General Store in 1988; and General Thinking in 2001. I also enjoy an ongoing 24 year association with TED in New York, and am currently Licensee & Director for TEDxSydney, an annual flagship TEDx  … [see more]

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