Erik Hersman is an innovator and technologist focused on advancing the use of technology as an empowerment tool in the developing world.
Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture.
Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the development of intelligence and creativity.
He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness.
Kaufman is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University, where he teaches courses on cognitive psychology and human intelligence.
Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who live alone, renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of going solo is transforming the American experience.
Ellen Langer is an artist and Harvard psychology professor who received her doctorate from Yale.
She has authored 11 books and over 200 research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging and decision-making.
Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness.
Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things — the essence of mindfulness — health, well being, and competence follow.
“We are not sitting in front of a screen. We are trying to create a space for reimagining what is possible.”
For most of us, synesthesia—the attachment of colors to sounds and other such cross-sensory cognition—is more concept than lived experience. But “nerd artist researcher hacker” Zachary Lieberman could change that.
His work uses technology in a playful way to break down the fragile boundary between the visible and the invisible.
Augmenting the body’s ability to communicate has always been at the core of Lieberman’s work. Working with collaborator Golan Levin, he created installations—"Remark” and “Hidden Worlds”—that presented interpretations of what the voice might look like if we could see our own speech.
Adam Magyar is a photographer. He uses high-tech digital tools and cameras adapted from industrial applications to examine the human existence through a machine eye. His images look into and challenge our identities as individuals in the urban crowd. He lives in Berlin.
Helen Marriage is a co-director of Artichoke, a creative company, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. In seven years the company has become renowned for its large-scale city-wide events. Artichoke works with artists to invade public spaces and create extraordinary and ambitious moments that live in the memory forever.Through its ephemeral transformation of familiar landscapes, Artichoke aims to leave an indelible mark on the cities and societies where it works.
The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial and the everyday.
Rodney Mullen is widely considered to be the most influential skateboarder in skateboarding history. Mullen is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding.