Amazingly talented humans from all over the world, from different spheres and of different opinions will share their intriguing projects and mindblowing theories to help you navigate the complexity of now and beyond. Practically speaking, expect anything from brain scientists to economists to artists to chefs. 2016 (and 2015, 2014 and 2013), 50 % were men. Speakers will be announced continuously during spring.
Amy Whitaker (USA)
New York University
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Amy WhitakerNew York University (USA)
Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist, and teacher working at the intersection of creativity, commerce, and everyday life. Amy is the author of Art Thinking (HarperCollins) and will talk about what the business world can learn from thinking more like artists - how to move forward without a template - how to invent point B.
Amy is also a professor of business in the art school at New York University. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the University College London.
Amy serves as a business strategy mentor to the TED fellows and as an advisor to the blockchain company Bitmark (bitmark.com). She was previously the president of the Professional Organization for Women in the arts and the first entrepreneur-in-residence at the New Museum Incubator. Amy started her career in art museums including the Guggenheim, MoMA, and Tate, and in the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Jamie Bartlett (UK)
Jamie Bartlett is author of the book Radicals (May, 2017) which is an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements rejecting the way we live, and are attempting to find alternatives.
He is also the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. Jamie is author of the best selling book The Dark Net and a regular commentator on national and international media outlets.
Muneeb Ali (USA)
Muneeb AliBlockstack (USA)
Muneeb Ali is a computer scientist with a mission to build a fairer internet. He is a co-founder of Blockstack, a new decentralized internet where users own and control their data.
Muneeb received his Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University and did PhD-level research in distributed systems at Princeton working in the systems group and at PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. He was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and a Princeton Graduate Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a wide range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.