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Alexandra Johnes

CA, Los Angeles, New York City, Ojai

Alexandra is known for her work as a feature documentary producer, primarily of social justice and culturally relevant films. Her films have received critical success, premiering at prominent film festivals

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Sydney Skybetter*

Providence RI

Hailed by Dance Magazine as “One of the most influential people in dance today,” Sydney Skybetter’s choreography has been performed at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for

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Hank Willis Thomas*

New York City

Hank is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of

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Jordan Luftig*

Bay Area, San Francisco

Jordan is a facilitator of ideas and people shaping humanity’s future. He is a Senior Advisor at JumpScale, an impact investment and philanthropy advisory agency that guides clients toward Integrative

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M. Rako Fabionar*

Bay Area, San Francisco

M. Rako Fabionar is a consultant, facilitator, and healer who creates learning environments for people to experience deeper connection, insight, and well-being. He is sought after for his powerful presence

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Madebo Fatunde*

Cleveland OH

Madebo is a foresight strategist and a writer, building a practice at the intersection of arts, technology, and culture. His passion is using storytelling about the future to empower better

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Sharon Chang*

Los Angeles, New York City

Sharon Chang is a future architect and the Founder of the Guild of Future Architects. Her work focuses on reframing the relationship between creativity, capital, and impact. Nearly two decades

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Miguel Rivera*

Los Angeles

Started playing music professionally as a Percussionist in 1973. Member of the core group of teachers at “The great Mother Conference” since 2010. In 2001, in collaboration with Robert Bly,

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Jheanelle Brown

West Coast

Jheanelle Brown is a film curator/programmer, educator, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles whose curatorial practice creates frameworks to explore the boundlessness of Black life in experimental and non-fiction

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Robyn Cornish*

London, New York City, Surat Thani, Thailand

Robyn is a third-culture kid who discovered an affinity for tackling complex, systemic issues while traveling extensively during her studies. Her early career revealed a natural affinity for operations design

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Claudia Peña*

Los Angeles

Claudia is on the faculty at UCLA currently teaching in the Gender Studies Department and at the Law School. Her scholarship and research focus on trauma and the law. She

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Jacob Ellenberg*

Los Angeles

Jacob Ellenberg is a maker, storyteller, organizational consultant, and meditation teacher. In the realm of storytelling, Jacob has developed films, novels, tv shows and executive produced the TV series Dark

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Diego Galafassi

Porto Alegre BR, Stockholm SE

Diego Galafassi is a transdisciplinary artist from Brazil with a practice grounded at the interface of art, sciences and co-creative processes. He is a director, writer and producer of documentaries,

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Idris Brewster*

Los Angeles, New York City

Idris is an innovative and passionate individual who uses his technical and artistic expertise to disrupt traditional narratives through immersive experiences, all the while empowering others to do the same.

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Lyel Resner

New York City

Lyel builds products and teams to help ensure technology creates a more just and prosperous future for everyone. He is the Co-founder of Swayable, which uses data science to create

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Julia Kaganskiy

London, New York City

Julia Kaganskiy is an independent curator and cultural producer working across art, design and technology. She is currently curating the forthcoming AI, Ethics & Health season at Science Gallery London.

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Kat Cizek*

Boston, Toronto

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning and Peabody-winning documentarian working across emergent media. She is currently the artistic director and co-founder of the Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab,

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Kaz Brecher*

Los Angeles

A framework generalist and network entrepreneur, Kaz uses pattern recognition and agile prototyping to uncover blind spots and identify opportunities. The founder of Curious Catalyst, and the daughter of two

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Jane M Saks*

Chicago

Jane M. Saks is the Founding President and Artistic Director of Project&, an arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. She is an artist, writer, and educator as

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Michelle Woo*

Los Angeles

Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian and arts business consultant based in Los Angeles. She is currently the director of For Freedoms and received a 2017 ICP Infinity

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Loc Dao

BC, Canada, Vancouver

Dao is the co-founder of the groundbreaking NFB Digital and CBC Radio 3 studios and their industry shifting bodies of work. He has won over 100 awards including Producer of

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Jennifer Brandel

Chicago

Jennifer Brandel is CEO and Co-founder of Hearken, a company that helps organizations around the world develop and operationalize participatory processes. Hearken took home the prize for “Best Bootstrap Company”

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Michèle Stephenson

Brooklyn

As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist, and author Michèle Stephenson draws from her Panamanian and Haitian roots to tell provocative stories in a variety of media

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Kamal Sinclair*

Los Angeles

Kamal is the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects and Senior Consultant to Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative. She also serves as External Advisor to MacArthur Foundation’s

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Lafayette Cruise*

Racine WI

Lafayette’s practice engages projects at the intersection of urban planning and speculative fiction. He leverages the radical imagination and world building capabilities of speculative fiction and the multi-disciplinary, strategic implementation

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Shawn Peters*

Baltimore, Brooklyn

Shawn Peters is a cinematographer and storyteller represented by the William Morris Agency, listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film in 2016, and is a

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Cara Mertes*

New Jersey, New York City

Cara Mertes has championed the artists as leaders in society, working to harness the power of cultural expression to support communities, policies and priorities rooted in dignity and justice. She

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Melinda Weekes-Laidlow*

Atlanta, New York City

Melinda is a social change architect, master facilitator, ordained minister, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder/CEO of Beautiful Ventures, a creative social enterprise that influences popular culture, disrupts anti-blackness

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Karim Ahmad

Los Angeles

Karim Ahmad is a writer, cultural strategist, husband & father, member of the Guild of Future Architects, and Director of the Outreach & Inclusion Program at the Sundance Institute. Karim

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Lisa Biagiotti

Los Angeles

Lisa Biagiotti is a writer and filmmaker whose stories play out in print, onscreen and in real life. She is interested in counter-narratives, the world beyond soundbites and the unexpected

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Ahmed Best

Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New York City

Ahmed Best is a multi-hyphenate artist, educator, host and futurist. A true polymath, Ahmed started his career as a songwriter and producer on Atlantic records and then went on to

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Mutale Nkonde*

Bay Area, Boston, New York City

Mutale Nkonde is the founding CEO of AI For the People (AFP) a non profit communications agency.Our mission is to eliminate the under-representation of black professionals in the American technology

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Thomas Debass*

Washington DC

Thomas Debass is a civil servant in the field of economics and international relations spanning over two decades and three federal agencies. He regularly gives lectures and talks about strategic

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Eric Gottesman*

New Hampshire, New York

Eric Gottesman is an artist who studied history before art and whose work addresses nationalism, migration, structural violence, history, and intimate relations. Gottesman’s work is always collaborative. He has never

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Heidi Boisvert*

New York City

Heidi Boisvert is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist and academic researcher who interrogates the socio-cultural and neurobiological effects of media and technology. Simply put, she studies the role

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Nitzan Hermon

New York City

I am an innovation consultant, writer and educator – focused on questions of system thinking, metrics and the psychology of creativity. I had the honor to be an inaugural member

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Jen Wilson*

Los Angeles

Jen is a future architect with a deep commitment to collaboration and coherence. Through her work as a facilitator and coach, she focuses on connecting people, teams and organizations to

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Juan Diaz Bohorquez

Berlin, Bogota

Awarded director, writer and narrative designer working at the convergence of design, science and storytelling. European Director of the World Building Institute since 2008. Together with Alex McDowell, he developed

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Melissa Painter*

Venice CA

Melissa Painter heads MAP Lab, a product invention and incubation studio for emergent technologies, and is the founder of Breakthru, a platform of immersive wellbeing experiences for the workplace powered

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Barry Threw

San Francisco, St. Louis

Barry Threw is Executive Director of Gray Area — a San Francisco non-profit institution focused on creative action for social transformation through public events, education, and incubation. His previous leadership

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Stephanie Dinkins*

Brooklyn, New York City

Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist and Associate Professor at Stony Brook University who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our

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Chid Liberty*

Monrovia, New York City, Oxford UK

I decided to dedicate my life to this grand experiment known as Liberia, and on a larger level, post-colonial Africa. I knew that it was my calling to look forward.

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Andrea Steele*

New York City

Andrea Steele is Founding Principal of Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA), a New York-based practice that believes the scale of architecture is not measured by its physical size, but by its

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Darius Loghmanee*

Chicago

Darius is a sleep physician from Chicago, Illinois. He is the director of the Advocate Aurora Children’s Sleep Network, a program dedicated to building capacity in a growing number of

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Ari Melenciano

Brooklyn, NY

Ari Melenciano is an artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher, and educator who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the human experience. Currently, her research

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Rigoberto Lara Guzmán*

Brooklyn

Rigoberto Lara Guzmán is a xicanx producer and organizer based in New York City. His work attends to the interaction between humans, objects, and the lived environment to explore coded

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Lisa Dent

CA, CT, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, NY

Lisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theater and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer and creative

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Tahir Hemphill*

Baltimore, New York City

Tahir is a creative technologist whose practice investigates the role systems play in the generation of form and the role collaborative knowledge production plays in the resilience of communities. Tahir

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Lily Baldwin

Berlin, LA, NYC

I create with the hopes of waking people up to new truths. My stories deliver visceral impressions through what is felt but doesn’t fit into words, where imagination and subtext

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Romain Vakilitabar

Denver, Los Angeles

Romain Sepehr Vakilitabar is the founder of Pathos Labs, a non-profit laboratory focused on finding ways that technology and media can most effectively dismantle hatred, and create understanding and compassion

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Eli Pariser*

Brooklyn

Eli Pariser is an author, activist, and entrepreneur focused on how to make technology and media serve democracy. In 2004, at 23, he became Executive Director of MoveOn.org, where he

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Adam Huttler*

Kailua HI

Adam Huttler is a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of technology, culture, and social justice. His career emphasizes developing innovative business models for mission-driven companies, in both the for-profit and

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Amelia Winger-Bearskin*

Bay Area

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist, technologist, and community-builder whose practice explores the relationship between systems and storytelling. Working in immersive media such as VR, performance, and participatory events, Winger-Bearskin invites

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Bruce Grover

Brooklyn, Manhattan KS

Bruce is a brand strategist and writer who has helped Fortune 100s, national nonprofits and leading institutions tell their stories. With 25 years in the Boston and New York City

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Alfredo Salazar-Caro

CDMX, Metaverse, NYC

Alfredo Salazar-Caro is creator living/working between Mexico City, NYC, and Online. His works is an amalgamation of portraiture, installation/sculpture, documentary, video and VR/AR. Salazar-Caro is co-creator and creative director of

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Joe Brewster

Brooklyn, New York City, Woodstock

Joe Brewster draws from his experience as an activist,  psychiatrist, and native of LA to tell compelling personal stories using a variety of media.  His work is designed to inform,

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Mark Beam*

Kansas City, Oaxaca MX

Mark is a Board Member of the Guild of Future Architects and Managing Partner of Heartland P5 Holdings, a Public Benefit Corporation aggregating, strengthening and deploying regenerative strategies and technologies

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Andrew Wagner*

Bay Area, New York City

Andrew Wagner is a writer, editor, creative director, and strategist. He builds brands big and small. He loves making things happen and simply making things.

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Sandi DuBowski

Brooklyn, New York City

Sandi DuBowski turns movies into movements. He is the Director/Producer of Trembling Before G-d, Producer of A Jihad for Love, Co-Producer of Budrus. His award-winning work has screened at Sundance,

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Kate Digby

Brooklyn, Manhattan KS, NY, ON, Toronto

Kate Digby is a choreographer/director, performer, somatic movement educator, and assistant professor of dance at Kansas State University. Her current research involves the creation and presentation of original interdisciplinary performance

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Oona Eager*

Amsterdam

Oona is a systems-minded, entrepreneurial-leaning leader. She’s in her element when bringing visionary ideas to life and does so through community-building, communications strategy, growth marketing, and learning journey creation. She

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Roderick Schrock

NYC

Roddy Schrock is an arts executive and curator supporting artists untangling cultural knots. Schrock is the Executive Director of Eyebeam, an institution dedicated to supporting art engaging technology. There, he

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Mark de Groh*

Portland, Silicon Valley

Mark de Groh collaborates at the intersection of climate, investment, entrepreneurship and policy. As a member of GoFA’s incubation team, he helped give shape to the discipline through an experimental

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Martin Pettis*

Los Angeles, New York

Martin Pettis is a mental health professional and community engagement advocate with over 20 years of experience working with underserved communities. He is the Executive Director of CARE in partnership

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Sarah Dickinson*

Vancouver

Sarah works at the intersection of culture, ideas, and people. For two decades, the central theme of her work has been designing new ways for teams to create and collaborate

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