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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.

   

"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 an Official UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries. His aim is to  … [see more]

Tony Fross

Partner | Prophet

New York City, United States

My mission is to pave the way for others to achieve their goals. In the context of business, I spend my time helping organizational leaders transform their organizations. My tools and methods are heavily influenced by the collaborative creative problem solving work pioneered by Osborn and Parnes and furthered by many others, too numerous to  … [see more]

"Missions. Strategies. Executions."

Patrick Adams

Managing Director | Secret Weapon Marketing

Santa Monica, CA, United States

I study complicated market situations and make them understandable so that companies are able to use creative marketing effectively and efficiently in the interest of persuasion. My first two years out of college were spent as a Certified Public Accountant until I realized the world already had too many of them. … [see more]

Gerardo Betancourt

Coach and Speaker | The Influencer Method Institute

Mexico City, Mexico

I'm the licensee and curator of TEDxMexicoCity since 2010, and TEDx Ambassador for Mexico since 2015. I'm on the mission to contribute to a new generation of Mexicans. Kinder, smarter, more connected, more reflexive. I love to travel, to read and to have thoughtful and meaningful conversations. … [see more]

"Evolving Integrated Architecture"

Leah Alissa Bayer

Founder + Studio Director | EVIA

San Francisco, CA, United States

Early in my career, I noticed a systemic discord between dated architecture and construction practices and the quickly evolving demands of modern living. This observation, paired with a healthy dose of curiosity, forward-focus, and passion for improving quality of life, inspires me to to push the limits of the architecture profession by challenging conventions and  … [see more]

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

Graeme Harrison

Looking for next step..... | The house of Harrison

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that until recently I looked 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 was planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends.  … [see more]

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

CieJai Zarb

Partnerships Manager | Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

I'm a Partnership Manager driven by a passion for business, meaningful connections and results. I am always looking for ways to bring brands to life through the creation of unique and engaging experiences. I’m passionate about creating partnerships that are win-win-win. I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of different sectors including  … [see more]

"Innovation research and strategy consulting"

Lukas Pardylla

Consultant | Beluga Strategic Design GmbH

Berlin, Germany

I live in Berlin and have a Master from the University of Arts in Berlin in Corporate and Business Communication, which includes a semester abroad at UTS Sydney. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in sports Management from the Ruhr University Bochum. Between the Bachelor's and Master's studies, I was hired  … [see more]

Kirsty de Garis

Writer, Curator, Project Manager | Freelance

Sydney, Australia

I started my professional life as a researcher at The Observer newspaper in London, UK. Clawed my way through copy editing and research to writing features for the world's oldest broadsheet newspaper. I studied modern history at graduate and postgraduate level and worked as an interviewer on the Australians at War Film Archive before making  … [see more]

"Become the best possible human being"

Jean-François Noubel

Open Source Human Being

Aix-en-Provence, France

I do R&D in collective intelligence and the evolution of our species. It has lead me to work on the next post-monetary technologies for the forthcoming 'after money' society. On a broader range I study the connection between architecture and consciousness. This makes me travel the world to give keynotes, teach at different universities, and  … [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]

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