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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.

   

"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]

"Prototype positive change"

Stefan Hoevenaar

Founder, creative director | ILUMY, Plek

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Born a prototyper and entrepreneur. As a kid, before my 16th birthday, I prototyped a plant watering system, programmed instant messaging for the C64, painted bicycles for money, organised regional parties and learned to design and print the promo-posters, and won the youth prize in a national contest to run a virtual chocolate factory. In  … [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]

Thorleif Thorleifsson

Sailor, Public Speaker, Organizational Developer

Oslo, Norway

I am involved in three activities I do call work: 1) Sailing expeditions into the Arctic - and lectures/storytelling based on that. 2) Business development. Part-owner and Chairman of the board in two online-business-startups and board member in three "artfirms". 3) Consultancy. Facilitating strategy- and/or change processes in other companies … [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]

"Self-care is essential when changing the world."

Erin O'Brien

Coach for Changemakers + Social Entrepreneurs | Activate28

Sydney, Australia

I work with changemakers who feel overwhelmed, stressed and time-squeezed while they're making a difference in the world. Tragically, too many brilliant changemakers are on the brink of burnout, or simply feeling burdened by the day-to-day stresses of their work. I believe if we want sustainable change in the world, we need to support the  … [see more]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I treasure connecting and collaborating with others who care about the same, and welcome conversations about: - using business as a force for good, Conscious Capitalism - social innovation - arts as a  … [see more]

"Collect Moments, Not Things"

Maxwell Kangkolo

Entrepreneur-in-Residence - Connected Cities | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

Strategist. Connector. Storyteller. Thinker. Collaborator. I'm passionate about building a better world through leverage systems thinking and storytelling. I am believer in the power of collaborative creation to build a better world at the intersection of humanity and technology. Currently working as the Entrepreneur in Residence at IXDS in Connected Cities. Working to help design  … [see more]

"The place to learn from world-changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers & curious souls"

Alrick Pagnon

Sales & Marketing Manager | Creative Innovation Global & DImension5

Melbourne, Australia

I am passionate about disruptive innovation and discovering new talented innovators. … [see more]

"ICT for a Sustainable World"

Michael Gosney

Director | Techné Verde

San Francisco, United States

I wear varous hats and work with different orgs and on different projects. Techné Verde is a non-profit under the Buckminster Fuller Institute involved with online tools for collaboration and evolutionary culture. I am also Associate Publisher of SynergeticPress.com. Long history in technology from late 80s digital media revolution, working in desktop publishing (Verbum magazine  … [see more]

Alli Hornstein

Creative Strategy + Business/Experience Design

New York, United States

A systems thinker focused on human-centered design, I bring over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology, design and business innovation. I help companies uncover strategic opportunities and leverage insights to design experiences that bridge the gap between product and brand. Functional focus: Researching human behavior/ market trends/ emerging tech to inform  … [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]

"Use what you have in your hands to create social impact"

Ralf Lippold

Strategic Process Specialist | HTxA - HighTech x Agency

Dresden, Germany

I am a passionate economist and lean thinker pulled by the value of the intersection between arts, science, and exponential technologies catalyzing the transformation of social and economic challenges into elegant ways with currently available resources. I have lived the first half my life in Western Germany, grew up with Apollo, "Fantastic Voyage" and explored  … [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]

Tony Fross

Vice President | North America Practice Lead, Digital Customer Experience | Capgemini Consulting

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]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"Always be ready"

Andrèz Coco

Service design lead | Innovation consultant | Marketing & Strategy

Sydney, Australia

I have been working as a Service design, Innovation and Marketing professional for the past decade in Europe, Africa, South-America and most recently in Australia. Some of my recent design and innovation roles have been with Vodafone, Qantas Loyalty, the United Nations and Future Transport. I currently works at NAB labs (innovation lab). I was born and  … [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

As a UN SDG Advocate, 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  … [see more]

"Global Transformation, One Human Being at a Time"

Doug Breitbart

Founder, Co-Director | The Values Foundation

Paterson, United States

I am a father, an attorney, a teacher, a consultant, a philosopher, a coach, an executive, and a huge believer in our species and its ability to do better at fitting in and contributing to each other, the biome and our planet. Our Foundation is devoted to catalyzing human transformation in service to transforming our  … [see more]

"Keep an open mind, don't be afraid of change, learn to love the unknown"

Andrew de Ville

Designer - Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

25+ years experience as a senior product/service designer in London, Director of Operations and four times entrepreneur/startup experience within Telecommunications, Education, Cloud CRM and SaaS Collaboration Platform. Consulting over the last seven years in Australia in the areas of New Growth Innovation, Service Design, Product Design, Organisational Design, Customer Experience and Business Strategy within leading  … [see more]

"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

"Love alive, generative people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | EDGEof

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

"In permanent reinvention, learning and flow."

Fabian Szulanski

Co-Founder | The Values Foundation

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I wear several hats. In prehistoric times I was an Engineer. Nowadays i'm considered and play several roles as an iconoclast, an innovator, a visionary, a professor, a facilitator, a mentor, a learning and decision coach, an entrepreneur and a consultant, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy my workplaylearn, and other of my mottos  … [see more]

"If the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Innovation | Education New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Currently I am heading up some exciting innovation projects for the tertiary sector in New Zealand. I also consult in International Government relations with a  … [see more]

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