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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.

   

"We are ships at sea, not ducks on a pond: Navigate the unknown."

Graeme Harrison

Executive VP Marketing | Biamp Systems

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that I look after the Sales, Marketing and Product Management departments of Biamp Systems, a leading global manufacturer of professional AV equipment for fixed installation. I've been working in this industry for several decades and my main role is planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends. I am  … [see more]

"To create... and be a conduit for change."

Nathan Drabsch

Creative Director / Director / Designer / Founding Partner of Kin Things | Kin Things (Kin)

Sydney, Australia

I am a founding partner, creative director and designer for Sydney based creative studio, Kin Things (Kin). I partner with brands, studios, agencies, marketers and fellow creatives to develop high-end creative solutions. My primary focus is on moving image, directing, design, brand experiences & creative solutions. Over the course of my career I have designed,  … [see more]

Dave King

Founder and CEO | The Royals and Move 37

Melbourne, Australia

I'm a co-founder and head of R&D at the award-winning independent creative agency, The Royals. I'm also Founder of Move 37, a creative AI company, and Storymart.com, the (upcoming) online home of short fiction. I'm passionate (obsessed?) about the possibilities of emerging creative technology to mess with industry norms and help provide interesting connected experiences  … [see more]

"Your life is your story. Write what you want."

Marvin Mathew

Product + Strategy | M/IG Digital

New York, United States

Passionate about better me, better you, better us. I spent the last 18 months running a digital innovation agency. We worked with some fun brands across 6 countries. I'm eager about leveraging technology (strategy+product) to support social & economic mobility. I dream of a world where traditional business is a force for good. I love  … [see more]

"Journalism: a master disguise for the overly curious"

Jane Nicholls

Editor • Journalist • Content Strategist

Sydney, Australia

I entered journalism through the work-experience back door three days after I finished my HSC, and then spent three decades in full-time employment as a journalist and editor. Along the way the magazines I collected included Follow Me, Harper's Bazaar, Mode, Good Weekend, Who and People USA. (Oh, and Electronics Today International and Modern Boating.)  … [see more]

"Change the game."

Julian Ward

CEO & Founder | 7DX (AR/VR)

Surry Hills, Australia

I am a behaviourist, founder, futurist, innovator, advisor and investor. I believe disruption is driven by people, not technology. I try to help people see the world more simply, by advising and investing in high impact innovation areas, in order to attain knowledge and insight. With that experience and knowledge, my goal is to help  … [see more]

"Think about future mobility"

Marcel Schreuder

Founding Partner | Springtime

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I am founding partner of Springtime, a design studio based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I started Springtime with fellow TU Delft graduates and is design studio with vast experience in product design and innovation and with an international client base (including Nike, Heineken, Toyota, Coca-Cola). Springtime has a prolific background in electric mobility development. Springtime has also been  … [see more]

"1+1=11"

Ferdi Van Heerden

Innovation Designer | Self employed

Berlin, Germany

My clients usually call when the strategy GPS says: “You can’t get there from here.” Inspired innovation comes from the marriage of breakthrough perspectives and experienced deployment. IDEO taught me about design, Adidas gave me a passion for performance. Working as an independent for almost 7 years has given me the confidence to follow my  … [see more]

"The hardest thing a person can ever do, is think from another 's point of view"

Steve Seager

Digital Strategy & Story consultant | Storywise

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I'm an innovator in digital story design: a narratologist, problem-solver, thinker and doer. I combine business, data and systems-smarts, with problem solving in strategy & story. I started out as a pro musician, songwriter and marcom freelancer. I wrote TV Jingles, a theatre play, video and film scripts, taught media production, and worked on a  … [see more]

"A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi - all knowledge is not taught in one school"

Paul Coyne

Entrepreneur | Terra Oahu

O'ahu Hawaii, United States

I am the Founder of Terra Club. Terra Clubs are the private, luxury "base camps" for the modern explorer. Terra Oahu is our original location, an ocean and mountain view estate, sitting on the edge of an ancient ravine and surrounded by a 7-acre organic orchard. Our members experience the power of this unique land  … [see more]

"More new thinking please!"

Lindy Jones

Wordsmith | Marketer | Sustainability Advocate

Sydney, Australia

25 years in the corporate world across Australia/New Zealand, Asia, UK/Europe and North America has taught me that most company cultures stifle, rather than foster, creativity and innovation; the very attributes that drive competitive advantage and value creation. Working across multiple disciplines like marketing, communications, corporate affairs and sustainability has left me determined to spearhead  … [see more]

"There is no try, only do"

Eileen Gittins

Founder and CEO | Blurb

San Francisco, United States

Back in the day, I was CEO of two start-ups in San Francisco, Personify and then Verb. But then 2001 hit and the crash happened and there was no proverbial room at any of the VC inns. So I started photographing again (I have a degree in Art/Photography) and in a former life worked for  … [see more]

"Future thinking"

Leone Lorrimer

Strategic Consultant | Lorrimer Consulting

Sydney, Australia

I have over 25 years of experience as a major projects architect and strategic planner for the delivery of successful projects from masterplans to iconic buildings. Supplementing more than 20 years as a consultant, I spent 5 years as client to some of the world’s leading architects on 3 iconic museums in the UAE. I  … [see more]

Mark Elizondo

Director of Experience Design | Symplicit

Sydney, Australia

I am a User Experience specialist working in Sydney. Obsessed with great culinary experiences, an Obstacle Racer in the making , I am a Father of 2 energetic boys and a budding sports photographer. I've been called a networker, a leader, a comedian. I believe in the power of collaboration. … [see more]

"Turn Off The App: GO OUTSIDE"

Aaron Perlmutter

Entrepreneur | @turnofftheapp

Barcelona, Spain

I'm 29 years old (as of December 2017). 12-26 y/o: I read a lot, traveled a lot, observed the world, attained several university degrees. That wasn't a waste of time. 26-now: Entrepreneurship. Wish I'd started at 12 years old. … [see more]

"Don't just think it, make it."

Anneliese Haupstein

Designer | ICE from ASH

Sydney, Australia

I design both graphics and jewellery in ways that feel authentic to me and allow me to develop my personal aesthetic. I am always looking for the elegant solution, something ingenious even if not immediately obvious. I did my training in Industrial Design then went on to do a PhD in Materials Science looking into  … [see more]

"Live in the US, breathe Latin America"

Marina Spindler

Founder | Latam Board LLC

New York, United States

With 15 years of experience building Latin America’s most influential business community, I founded Latam Board LLC (LaB) to guide companies and non-profits seeking inroads in Latin America. Previously, I was the chief architect and brand manager of the Group of Fifty (G50), an organization founded by leading thinker and best-selling author Moisés Naím. Responsible  … [see more]

"I like too many things"

Odysseus Mourtzouchos

Designer, Architect, Photographer, Dj, Co-Founder | Meera - Art on Ethical Clothing

Berlin, Germany

I studied graphics and sustainable architecture; got into photography through my passion for travelling. My greatest love though is music and I collect records and dj to this day. Still trying to figure out how to combine all the things I love, while managing to make a living. Currently starting a new project (Meera), putting  … [see more]

"Your story, changing the world"

Mark Lovett

Founder | Storytelling with Impact

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]

"Making connections"

Lisa Hresc

Director | Lee Media & Co.

Sydney, Australia

I do what I love and love what I do. My passion is to bring a brand or content to life with multiple and diverse mediums. Producing great experiences for amazing people. I love film, art, music, media, publishing and travel - anything that will transport you to another time and place. With over 25  … [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]

"Make useful and beautiful things"

Sascha Mombartz

Designer | Office for Visual Affairs

New York, United States

I'm a UX Designer and entrepreneur and run a multidisciplinary user experience design studio in New York. Previously I worked at the New York Times and at Google's Creative Lab in New York. After launching a retail and public opinion startup I decided to start my own design practice: The Office for Visual Affairs. I  … [see more]

"Interculturist, Global Citizen, Community Builder + Strategist"

Grace Clapham

Founder | The Change School & Agent Grace

Singapore, Singapore

A Third Culture Kid, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, I've lived in Asia for nearly 20 years and spent majority of my primary and high school years in Singapore before moving to live in various other countries. I have a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs and individuals to take action and make a change, no matter  … [see more]

Zena O'Connor

Colour | Design | Research | Coffee

Sydney, Australia

I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about colour, design and visual culture...actually, maybe too much time. … [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]

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