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"In the end it is all about life."

David Carlson

Strategic creative director | david.se

Falsterbo, Sweden

I have been working with design strategy and creative direction for more than 25 years. A year ago I released a book called Make Design Matter, a pocket size guide to meaningful design. I'm a board member of Svensk Form, the design association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design. My social life  … [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]

"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]

"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]

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]

"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]

"Make a Stand. Make it Happen."

Adrian Sandy

Strategist/Innovator/Improviser

Sydney, Australia

I am a marketing professional with 20 years experience across international FMCG and retail businesses. I love the alchemy of combining hard data with inspiration to create insight which can change peoples behaviour. I am also and experienced improviser and performer and constantly use these skills to discover and tell stories as life goes along! … [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]

Janus Huang

Founder & CEO & Designer | Taipei Base Design Center

Taipei, Taiwan

A cross-field business operator, who has more than 20 years design working experience and am honored as one of the most influential 50 designers. The design fields include interior space design, architecture space design, product design and visual design, also one of quite less Asian that has won 4 highest global design award. The team  … [see more]

"Culturally scrutinising Neolifism by actually doing it"

Oron Catts

Director/artist/curator/researcher | SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

I am the Co-Founder (2000) and Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia. Under my leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for  … [see more]

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Carli Leimbach

Founder, Facilitator, Designer | Future Leader Labs

Sydney, Australia

Hi! I am the founder of Future Leader Labs, developing self-aware leaders, future proofed and ready for the 21st Century. As a Facilitator, my super powers lie in listening out for greatness and inspiring clients to realise their creative potential. I have worked with corporates, agencies, co-operatives, entrepreneurs as well as NGO’s and brings extensive  … [see more]

"PR on Purpose"

Karen Porter

Creative Director | Underground Communications

Sydney, Australia

I run a boutique Public Relations agency in Sydney. Our focus is on helping conscious businesses share their purpose and story with the wider community, with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility. I have a goal to change corporate culture to ensure that organisations work with a more ethical approach to their impact on all  … [see more]

"Rethink Yourself after 50"

Joanna Maxwell

Educator and Advocate | Work In Colour Pty Limited

Sydney, Australia

I've fully recovered from my initial career as a corporate lawyer, and now help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond to reinvent their work and lives, so they can reclaim their future and create the life they want for the coming decades. I work with individuals and employers to find ways to maximise the  … [see more]

"Rage against the corners."

Leah Alissa Bayer

Project Manager & Designer | William Maston Architect & Associates

Mountain View, 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]

"Ask yourself: If you loved yourself unconditionally, how would your life be? What would you do?"

Unni Turrettini

Writer & Speaker

Oslo, Norway

I'm a former lawyer turned writer, speaker, and involved citizen. Whether exploring the twisted mind of a lone wolf killer or the hubris of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, I shine light on hidden secrets and motivations. Underneath anger there is always great pain. Knowledge of human frailties and the conditioned mind can shed light  … [see more]

Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

"Vivace! (passion!)"

Amy Drill

CEO | botKitchen

Boston, United States

Left-brain, Right-brain global soul sharing my multidextrous talents in the service of humans, brands, and the social communities of culture that bring meaning to the world. Wheelhouse is new products and new/reinventing brands through deep consumer understanding and insights that matter. Help marketing leads navigate the new technologies to drive innovation and growth - at  … [see more]

"Life is sailing! You need to know your vessel and your environment in order to navigate effectively."

Kornelia Dimitrova

Architect | Reefformers

Eindhoven, Netherlands

My creative efforts materialize anywhere in between objects, buildings and scenarios. In my work, I try to reinvent, revise and re-imagine reality and its future. I enjoy working on the border between science and fiction, which I find creatively liberating. … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [see more]

Adam Alter

Writer and Professor | New York University Stern School of Business

New York, United States

I study human judgment and decision-making: why we do, say, feel, and think what we do, and how the world we inhabit shapes those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most recently I've been trying to understand why we spend so much time in front of screens--phones, tablets, computers, TVs--and how screen time changes how we experience  … [see more]

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