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"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]

"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]

"i string together images fast enough to deceive your mind – and i used to work at big-TED"

jason wishnow

film director

..., United States

Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the Peabody Award winning video series watched over one billion times (even in outer space). Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called “no stranger to difficult shoots” (Wired UK, 2014), an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of  … [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]

"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]

""Matching actions to concerns, with joy""

Daniel Goldman

Managing Director/Co-founder | Ignition Angels/EDGEof/...

San Francisco, United States

I deeply want the world to work well for 100% of the people. I used to think tech was the answer, now I know it takes a dedicated group to enable a larger group of enlightened change makers. Early on, in the 70s & 80s, I worked with computer and online technology as a way  … [see more]

"A process can not be understood by stopping it."

Carl Kjellman

Mediator

Washington, DC, United States

I am a mediator and facilitator focusing on environment and resources. My perspective on this work is shaped largely by my first year out of college, when I worked as a researcher compiling legal research on water rights in California. Although this was before the water shortage had entered the public consciousness at a national  … [see more]

Carolyn Porco

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Mill Valley, CA, United States

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"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]

"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]

"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]

"I work on projects that make lives better."

Eva K. Barbarossa

Writer / Researcher / Strategist

Los Angeles, United States

I am a writer and an independent scholar. I write about language, culture, technology, and remote places. What I work on centers around the stories we tell ourselves, how we understand meaning in our lives, and how we find hope. Which is pretty much everything, right? Lately, I am interested in the ways in which  … [see more]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Storyteller, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Redefining Outdoors(wo)man. Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Currently as a Research Fellow with Conservation X Labs I look for ways to distill grand challenges in water and biodiversity conservation to focus the ingenuity of humanity to solve these grand challenges. … [see more]

"Consultant in design systems and design"

Victoria Milne

Design | 6¢ Design

Brooklyn, United States

My largest client now is the Times Square Alliance, in New York. I am commissioning NYC designers to develop new public furniture solutions for this dazzling public space. We have seen some great ideas and I can’t wait to prototype them on the plaza. Other clients include The Local Development Corporation of East New York,  … [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]

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]

"Focus on potential. Expand opportunity."

Todd Vogel

Managing Director | Loom, a foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

Loom funds projects at the intersection of equity and the environment. I am a cultural historian of race and class with a background in economics and finance, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. I branched out into not-for-profit and philanthropy work, focusing on the impact of  … [see more]

"Dedicated to creating new types of interactions and experiences"

Emily Conrad

Co-Founder, Experience Designer | Tessellate Studio

New York, United States

Tessellate is an experiential design firm dedicated to creating new types of storytelling environments.  We span across the disciplines of technology, architecture, and interface design. Our mission is to create new audience experiences and immersive environments by merging the physical and digital worlds in new ways. … [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]

"Making it up as I go along."

Kerry O'Connor

Chief Innovation Officer | City of Austin

Austin, TX, United States

I head up a new office in the City of Austin to develop, test, organize and encourage innovative best practices in local government administration with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the City of Austin. I empower others to create unique and creative solutions to civic challenges by working across City departments;  … [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]

Joseph Karadin

Co-Founder | Tessellate

New York, NY, United States

I believe that great design should be a positive force for change and should be accessible to everyone that it touches. Great design should not just serve the Big guys, and more importantly it should be accessible to the smaller entities. My work spans many disciplines and types. From branded environments to museum exhibits and  … [see more]

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