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Based on twenty five years at the leading edge of technology and change, I inspire teams with an open, dynamic style, motivating them to deliver world-class, innovative solutions. With a strong track-record of high profile success stories, I bring a unique blend of cross sector skills to focus on NextGen. Forman is a private investor and entrepreneur, a former media, technology and telecommunications executive and former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent and bureau chief.

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Following a career in the private, and non-profit sectors, Cynthia Hansen joined the Adecco Group to head the new Adecco Group Foundation and spearhead thought leadership. Daniela is a passionate educator, thinker, innovator and explorer. She started her project, hip. Daniela is an accredited educational programme specialist, holding a BA and MA degree in continuing education science alongside her other BA degree in communication policy , won several prestigious leadership scholarships and pursued a successful career in the media and communication field.

Daniela has worked, internationally, as a journalist, media analyst, consultant, advisor and academic. Mostly based in London, she has lived in eight countries. She is currently lecturing communication, researching future of work, giving workshops on emotional intelligence and purposeful life, mentoring talented entrepreneurs, organizing retreats and advising on the socio-cultural innovation to organisations and ecosystem communities. David is a brand expressionist. A business strategist. A storyteller. A graphic design craftsman. An idea generator.

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She was the Director of the Thessaloniki International Festival from to Diana Adams is Executive Director of Chosen Family Law Center, Inc, a nonprofit serving LGBTQ lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer , polyamorous, platonic and non-nuclear families, and teaches innovative cultural competency trainings on serving these communities.

As a renowned mediator and conflict resolution coach, Diana also teaches workplaces how to use communication tools to transform difficult conversations and conflict into opportunities for personal and professional growth, and teaches weekend workshops on assertive communication for women to support women as bosses and leaders, such as at Omega Institute June Founding team Fits. Diana Saliceti is a singer and journalist from Corsica, a little island in the Mediterranean sea. She writes and composes her songs in her native language which is Corsican but in English or French too.

She loves making her culture to travel, she loves meeting people and she enjoys experiences of sharing and humanism. That is why we find in her voice airs of Italian tarantellae, Portuguese fado or African incantations. It is nevertheless from the traditional polyphonic Corsican singing that she drew her love of music. Dimitrios Argirakos, born in Duesseldorf in , completed a training as a banker and a journalistic traineeship.

He studied law, economics and international politics in Germany and the United States. He was e. KGaA at the beginning of by a majority. The Webvideopreis is Europe's biggest social media award and is considered the "Oscar of the Internet". Through his work and service, Dr. Vessel aims to elevate the international profile of neuroaesthetics research: he is a board member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and recently hosted a conference on Visual Neuroaesthetics at the MPIEA.

My Story: Grew up in New York, the son of Russian Immigrants with a thirst for philosophy and wisdom as well as experiential events. I've loved experiential events and learning whether 30 prs retreat or a event i organized in NYC, its always about the transformation experience. Passionate about people and science. Neuroscientist by training, left the labs to join the biotech world where I have been working for the last 10 years as strategic consultant and medical affairs expert. Enjoy conversations where science becomes fiction and fiction becomes progress. I work behind the counter at the Internet.

I can help with your domain name problems and am unnaturally obsessed with telecom. I am also a committed globalist! Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Author. Dancer, Burner. I invest in what can solve big problems quickly, and tell the story in books and TV. Formats may change, but not the intent: I work on the end of the world as we know it and what may come next. I questions the power of finance, technology and mediocrity on our lives. I wonder about our consents.

I am preparing a book on the life and death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. Gabriel leads Proprio, a breakthrough computer vision company leveraging mixed reality, robots, and AI to bring the future of medicine a little closer to today. Gillian began her career at 21 as a professional dancer and actor.

For 20 years she toured Europe and North America on stage, as well as performing in TV series, movies and hundreds of commercials. Co-founder of Frequency, a company intertwining technology and spirituality, Gio's role is capturing in VR the most significant hidden spiritual teachers on the planet. He travels the world as a DJ, he's a producer, an adventurer and a cultural entrepreneur the founder of various festival's and the former VP of Midburn, the 3rd largest burning man affiliated event in the world. Guido prefers working in social enterprise environments as that offers the opportunity to put real change into action in a sustainable way whilst creating a solid business.

These activities give Guido the opportunity to have an insight at the frontiers of finance, media and technology developments and to spot new talent. Innovating in neuro-technology, we are gathering artists, neuro-scientists, game designers and psychologists to design the next Digital Therapeutics and support humans in facing the biggest challenges. An acclaimed Cellist and a successful Israeli singer songwriter. By the the age of 21 she had already performed some of the world's prestigious stages, including Carnegie hall, Cannes festival and China's forbidden city.

Hadas escorts Israel top musicians as a singer and a cellist, and Currently working on her 3nd solo album and her international breakthrough. Hadas has performed in theater and movies. In addition to her musical and acting career, Hadas is a certified Meditation instructor and been leading Meditation retreats around the world.

She escorts fellow musicians and artists through creative and inner work processes and overcoming performance and creative barriers. In Haisong started his internet venture etang - a platform targeted the young Chinese generation. Founder and CEO of Cachet, a personalised insurance marketplace, and a wallet. Cachet is changing the traditional insurance model by putting the person to the center point.

An entrepreneurial leader with more than a decade of experience at the intersection of technology, communication, and marketing. Interested in brain hacking to improve the systems thinking. As an artist, I love capturing with a few essential lines people' emotions and motions. As a digital person, I love creating smart products for real humans.

Her great-grandfather S. Holly relocated to Austin in the Fall of with her husband Spencer Wells, and is Managing Director of Shambhala Expeditions, a luxury travel company. Holly is an avid traveler, loves to cook and eat , and most importantly loves spending time with her family. I am a documentary photographer and visual storyteller currently working on a photobook. The book is about aging: I question the feeling of having a best -before date. For six years I followed older ladies who had resisted age and associated prejudices and simply remained who they always were.

Ladies who dare to live until the very end. Advocates for open digital infrastructure and decentralisation, consults as a digital strategist and expert on data, data trusts, identity, standards and privacy. Wrote data policy and standards for cities and nation states. Jennifer L. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator www. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in and and in was named one of 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France by Forbes Magazine.

Investor in big ideas with potential for positive impact and exponential growth. Long term analysis on AI, New Space and other new deep tech trends. Jessica Angel is an architect of spaces and communities interested in alternative modes of living. Interested in decentralized governance and finance and micro-monetary policies. Clippinger is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Ph. Formerly Co-founder the international forum for debate Intelligence Squared, technology and innovation monitor Contagious, Essay publishing Notting Hill Editions, Travel information Globalista and market Intelligence Xtreme Information.

He advocates for Philosophy, Art, and Poetry in the thoughtful making of place, using the compelling power of form, always aware that architecture is a balancing act between self expression and collaboration. In addition, John is a part time student of Absurdity, Paradox, and Kindness. Jon Morris is a conceptual artist; actor, visual artist, director, choreographer, clown.

He has also starred in various national commercials and innumerable embarrassing gigs. He is a Thomas J. Digital artist, video artist, filmmaker and performer, Judith Darmont pioneers her creativity with digital tools since the early 90s. I specialize in strategic growth and program management, currently working for the Republic of Estonia to help grow its e-Residency program. I travel. I also like to walk across countries. Social Alchemist, Edutainer, Creative Campaigner. Jurgis is hard to pin down with conventional labels. By seamlessly mixing his passion for music and social phenomenon, this Colombian-Lithuanian proves that a performer can do much more than just entertain; he can transform, enlighten and inspire.

His colorful background, ranging from Eurovision to EU consultant, allows him to transcend formats effortlessly and connect with audiences in arenas packed with thousands of people, corporate boardrooms, government institutions, and kindergartens alike. An entrepreneurial strategy and innovation consultant with passion for growth, sustainability and future leadership.

A curious soul. Helping to create markets that are not yet defined and sacrifice the existing business models in order to thrive in the future. Getting the shit done. Karim is a partner at Egon Zehnder in their Technology Practice. He also leads Egon Zehnder's internal machine learning platform. Previously at Diageo across different marketing roles and markets. Kat currently leads the French Tech Mission, a government-led taskforce built to bolster the French Tech ecosystem.

She is the co-founder of Five by Five, a boutique consultancy that builds innovation teams inside organizations of all stripes. Kate Belew is a Brooklyn Based poet and writer from the Midwest. This program teaches inner-city youth from the Bronx, NY the art of being Gentlemen through the use of emotional and conversational intelligence. I was a developper, now a VC investor. I like supporting companies that can change the future of Africa.

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I also advocate for more inclusiveness in Africa through better laws and better governance. Klint is a former enlisted US Special Forces soldier, combat medic, and survival instructor with a background in Palaeoanthropology and geology. He is currently finishing his Doctoral research in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Oxford. Klint has a talent for relaying the epic tale of human evolution in an accessible manner and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets and has hosted for both UK and US based television shows.

Klint also works as a logistics and prehistoric technology consultant for media productions that focus on natural history and human evolution. His research takes him across the globe, which allows him to use his experience with remote fieldwork and photography in a number of different archaeological applications, but his passion is food origins. His side research is into the prehistory of the diverse palate of ingredients, techniques and recipes available to the modern cook on which he is currently writing a book.

Global user acquisition manager at Waze. Previously pastry chef in one of the most innovative Israeli restaurants of all times - Catit by chef Meir Adoni a bit of a twist. Above all, I am a people's person. I love meeting new people and connecting with them, or connecting them to each other. The best bit is I get to work with large multinationals and small startups - the whole ecosystem is my playground. We use rats to save lives by detecting land mines, TB and lots more using their amazing sense of smell.

Loves big ideas and big imaginations. Kristina Libby is a professor, business consultant, author, podcast host and researcher. Her career has spanned cybersecurity, AI, consumer tech, luxury goods, e-commerce, food aid and entrepreneurship. Currently she's producing and a hosting a podcast for Popular Mechanics on Cyberwarfar, teaching at NYU and launching a luxury consumer goods company.

Co-fouded and ran the first ecommerce site solely dedicated to Telecom products in France in acquired in On the board of the non-profit United Hatzalah, a unique global organization that has disrupted the way Emergency Medical Services are provided. On the board of TOM, a global network of 4, makers deeply impacting the lives of thousands of disabled people. Leetha is a strategist intrigued by the power of collaboration as a tool for social change. She serves as the president of the PopTech Institute www. Her tenure at PopTech began with the establishment of the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows programs, which are dedicated to identifying and training promising innovators and scientists.

Leetha has a deep and diverse background in strategic development, and has advised and served on the boards of numerous organizations and agencies. She lives on a small farm in Maine. Louise was the lead singer and songwriter of the Israeli electronic act Terry Poison for a decade. The band had several hits on national radio and toured the world. When the band stopped performing, Louise created a web development business that is creating websites and content for hotels, shops and other businesses around the world.

Missing the stage-life, Louise is currently working on a new music project with a New York-based producer and hope to be releasing music and video in the next months. Video-artist, documentary filmmaker, creative director. Fascinated by the mutually reinforcing elements of music, visuals , spatial design and storytelling, Maaike has co- created many audiovisual - experiences, docs, video-installations and stage —designs with a broad range of commissioners, varying from TV —stations , fashion-brands, theatre companies , museums and autonomous artists.

Maria is the co-founder of Big Couch and FilmChain. Maria has a BA in Sociology and an MA in Filmmaking and her two companies are tech driven solutions that focus on the automation of processes, increasing transparency, and empowering the filmmakers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Marius Veltman is a user experience designer and creative technologist from the Netherlands with over fifteen years of expertise in digital product and service design.

Marius holds a profound knowledge of what is moving today's digital users. Marjorie covers innovation at degrees. She dives in the impact of digital on our daily lives and near future, sits with the innovators who are disrupting the industry and make a change on societal issues. He moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to systemic design to define innovation visions and strategies. Right now, he is on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in.

I want to make the world more beautiful, more connected and where ever I can try to support people and projects that do so as well. My background is in branding, marketing, advertising followed by the creation of Wisher. Born in Canada, lives in Israel. Writes children's books. Invents things.

Plays music and sings. Can't whistle or draw. Co-founder of www. I have a keen interest in spirituality and personal growth, spending a lot of my free time searching for what makes an authentic life, and how that relates to my role as an entrepreneur. Michael Beneville is a storyteller. He works across all scales and is agnostic to medium.

Michael and his Beneville Studios team specialize in realizing the visions and telling the stories of their clients, whether individuals, families or corporations. Michael Beneville is the Chief Creative Officer and visionary leader behind AREA15, a ,square-foot reinvention of immersive art, entertainment, retail opening in Las Vegas in early Over her career she has held executive positions in the Ecommerce, Technology, Media and Entertainment, and Wine sectors.

She has also been an entrepreneur and worked in hospitality as a Sommelier. The hardest thing she has done to date is become a Master of Wine. She lives in San Francisco with her husband David. Palestinian Israeli singer songwriter, actress, TV content creator, creativity and stage performance coach, artist and artivist. Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management..

Additionally, he is the Alfred P. Sloan screenwriting Professor at the American Film Institute. His hacking background has led him to later pursue non-traditional ways to investigate the brain, using methods and techniques that benefit from heavy computational skills and novel research tools. Notably, he has been working with patients undergoing brain-surgery where he studies behavior, emotion, decision making and dreams by directly recording the activity of individual neurons using electrodes implanted in the patients' brain. He holds multiple patents and his work has been published in wide-circulation academic journals such as Nature, as well as popular science journals such as Scientific American Mind, Wired, New Scientist and more.

Professor Cerf has had short-lived careers as a furniture-designer, a pilot, a radio host, and a filmmaker, and he has served on the boards of pharmaceutical, telecom and fashion companies. Most importantly, he is right handed. Innovation team leader in a big Israeli high tech firm. Know how to ignite a bonfire with a single match. Earlier a software entrepreneur, now switched to education, opened several IT schools in Siberia, Russia to teach children IT skills.

My passion is to help children find their passion and true purpose in life. Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. She is passionate about the language of interactivity between the imaginary and the real, and creating extraordinary experiences on Earth and beyond. Later Nicolas worked as Executive Producer and Editor for the comedy web series Gringolandia, which was sold to Netflix and currently reaches over 5 million views worldwide.

After living 10 years in New York, Nicolas moved back to Chile and co-founded Nano, a digital agency focused on producing viral content for brands. For 3 years he directed, edited and produced more than comedy videos. Nicolas Granatino started his career in London at J. Morgan in investment banking. In he moved to LabMorgan, J. Morgan's e-finance incubator aiming to transform the financial services industry.

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In , he left J. Morgan to pursue cancer research at the University of Oxford. Since August , he has worked on digital identities as he firmly believes that this regulation will foster the emergence of a new data paradigm and ecosystem for the internet. Nicole is an entrepreneur in the machine learning space and passionate about bringing digital technologies to serve companies, government and society.

Nicolette Beach was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and commenced formal art training at the San Francisco Art Institute where during the tumultuous social upheaval of the early 80s she held fast to her masterful representational painting style. Nicolette has established herself as a resourceful creative and innovative force as she is presently the proprietor of an exclusive architectural model building enterprise regarded by many as one of the best in the country. Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive, producer and award-winning creative with over 20 years of experience conceiving and executing transformative, multi-platform content and branded entertainment for both commercial and social impact.

Olivier founded several companies in Asia. Especially in e-commerce and. Communication agency. Interest in luxury fashion design architecture and travels, His last venture is in customized pet food in Japan. Digital fan on an entrepreneurial path by day, synesthetic painter and writer by night. Pablo Martins, CEO and founder of STHORM Human adVentures, is a radical entrepreneur dedicated to implementing far-reaching impact ventures by integrating technology and deep thinking with profound understanding of contemporary social-dynamics.

Specializing in global affairs, remote sensing, data analysis, data visualization, GIS. Passionate about criminal justice, urban development, smart cities, current events and humanitarian efforts. A true adventurer at heart, always seeking new ways in which technology can help to better society. His team builds the visualization data infrastructure for the city of New York.

Patrycja stands for the upgrading of humanity. She believes we stand at a paramount period in history that is ripe for rewiring and reprogramming, at a species level. After a successful academic career, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation.

Their clients include some of the most exciting Silicon Valley startups as well as Fortune 50 enterprises. Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology to enhance and accelerate performance and results. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and the messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive businesses in the world.

In her free time she runs marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order. Now living in Barcelona, prior to that in Hong Kong for 4 years with plenty of tie in Shanghai and Beijing, and before that in London. I have overseen or created events, forums and events in over 40 countries, welcoming in excess of 1 million attendees from across the technology ecosystem.

Look forward to my second Kinnernet. Peter Hirshberg has served as an innovation advisor to cities and companies for over 30 years. We transform this park establishing links between sculptures and a botanique collection, but preserving nature everywhere. Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design.

Digital operator, entrepreneur, investor and advisor with a focus on marketplaces, health, education, media and mobility. Rae is passionate about facilitating community-based transformative experiences to address the social challenges of our times. She is a cross-sector leader with twenty years of experience providing strategic consulting and facilitation services to organizations of all sizes, including family and corporate foundations, leading nonprofits and a wide range of Fortune corporations.

CEO Decode Media. I am an entrepreneur, a researcher, and a science literacy advocate. I work and play at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, education, and systems thinking. I believe that one of the single most valuable things we can do to improve human decision-making is to improve mental health functioning. Towards that end, my current focus is in investigating effective approaches in the early education environment to best prepare children for their own future.

Managing Partner, Clareo. Contributor, Forbes. Working in the field of food innovation, challenging people taste buds, promoting food diversity and cultural difference. Fascinated by technology, art design. Roderick van Nispen just finished his high school in Amsterdam. Roderick wants to become an entrepreneur and is looking very much forward meeting all of you in Avalon and helping out the Kinnernet team creating this fantastic event. I make video games. For Star Wars.

For Microsoft. For Hollywood. And now, for doctors. Sara Roversi, is a serial entrepreneur and ecosystem builder; founder of the Future Food Network, operating globally in education, food sustainability, radical change and tangible impact driven innovation from farm to fork. Shaukat was an early member of the Yahoo! Shii Ann Huang is an entrepreneur, actor, artist and a former reality TV star. She funds her artistic interests and futurist curiosity by running a successful real estate team in New York City.

Her passions run the gamut from costume design and immersive theater to the ethics and law in a future with sex robots and Crispr engineered humans. Award-winning social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and filmmaker, whose charities have empowered over 35, young men and women in conflict zones through access to education and enterprise opportunity. Currently establishing a new venture capital impact fund - Gender Equity Development Investments - to create shared value and harness the power of the private sector to accelerate the sustainable development goals.

Curator, expert, mentor, author. I like to imagine and create programs, cultural trainings to build bridges between the different interlocutors of the contemporary creation, through my platform , a new media of the Art, incubator of ideas and artistic projects. Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur. For over a decade he was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Director of the Genographic Project, which collected and analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet, in the process launching the consumer genomics industry.

His work has taken him to more than countries, where he has collaborated with everyone from heads of government and Fortune corporations, to tribal chieftains eking out a precarious living in places as remote as Chad, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea. He is the founder of Storytek Creative Accelerator - bringing together deep audiovisual sector knowledge, technology and funding with a selection of hand-picked tech entrepreneurs and content creators.

Based between Geneva and Paris and working around the globe, Stephane was a pro skier and is always ready for a new adventure. The company is creating representative genomics data and insights from under-explored populations in Asia, Middle East, LatAm and Africa to supplement the existing Caucasian data to apply in therapeutics development, discovery and patient stratification.

He has also served as a consultant with McKinsey and Company. At PICO, Tal leads investments across all software-enabled sectors, serves on several boards and supports portfolio companies on growth trajectory. Tal has been active in the startup ecosystem helping venture-backed companies scale globally and identify strategic opportunities for almost a decade.

Due to her strong passion for education and impacting the next generation of leaders, Tal pursued social-entrepreneurship initiatives. Tal has a B. Tali brings things to life, literally and figuratively from founding a startup to saving the lives of a dying child.

Tomas is a art and community instigator a creative and strategic thinker working to be a catalyst for a more inspiring and just world. Curious about the next curve! Focused on technology-driven economic, market and social change, Tracey helps leaders best leverage change for positive impact. The online project of music films on indie-rock band and other famous musicians, like R. M, Tom Jones or Arcade Fire, revolutionized the concept of music video and the way of filming music in the entire world.

He has created an AI that helps prevent patients dying in hospital by detecting their deterioration early. He is also applying AI to sextech and working on a microbiome modification service. He loves science fiction , community and music. Wendy Tahara began classical piano lessons at age seven, eventually earning a performance degree from Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN.

Then, in , she discovered an unexpected, profound love for the Celtic harp while going through a sort of spiritual awakening. She discovered kundalini yoga, which placed her on an amazing intuitive spiritual path which continues to guide her to this day. She has a deep passion for creating music which is empathetic and nurturing to the human spirit.

She has composed music and performed for the Croatian healing gazer Braco, toured with the artist Ashana, and provided meditation music for The Agape International Spiritual Center for Michael Bernard Beckwith. Tokyo based impact ecosystem builder, including www. Lives and works in Milan. Taya Media and one of the Owners of those companies. Giniger attended the Executive Program of Harvard Business School and upon his return to Israel in he gave up practicing law to establish Taya Communications, which invests in media and technology companies.

United Studios produced over 10' of television and has 8 studios. Having recently returned to France, she is currently assisting large French, US and Israeli companies in their development. Her passion for high tech and user interface design, her knowledge of software and hardware environments, and her expertise in international businesses and complex projects have benefited the accelerated development of Claranova. As a believer in organic produce and sustainability Christer is working hard every day to promote this throughout his businesses, trying to set an example in the food and service industry infusing quality, thought and love into everything he puts his hands on.

Making money is simply not the point. Solvatten is a smart portable solar powered jerry cans for heating and treating water. Our projects are made to give long lasting help with clean water and improve hygiene to people in need, especially for women and children. With Solvatten technology we can address poverty-related health issues that are connected to energy scarcity and poor water quality.

An entrepreneurial management consultant with passion for innovation, sustainability and leadership. A curious soul that wants to make a positive impact on the World! Ed Cooke is the co-founder of Memrise, a language-learning app with more than 35 million users, and a Grandmaster of Memory who can learn a digit number in an hour. Elisabeth Fullerton is an angel investor, mentor, entrepreneur and philanthropist for her family office and foundation. Harald is passionate about meaning in technology, the future of exponential technologies and its opportunities for society, brands and entrepreneurs — especially in Europe.

My biggest passion is being an activist in the areas of coexistence, reconciliation, and cultural bridge building. Visioner and initiator of Jordan Project inspired by Burning Man aimed to create a bridge between hearts, between humans from the entire Middle East region, bringing us together through conscious encounters allowing participants to identify a different path of living together in oneness and love, and go through a transformative experience.

In addition, I am a Sema Zen in the Sufi Mevlevi order, leading conciseness workshops around the world. Designer, serial collaborator and house cook. Jamie spent his early career in Japan, China and Hong Kong, practicing law and learning to see. Shifting from designing contacts to designing places, Jamie now designs houses, gardens, hospitality venues and immersive experiences. Animal aficionado, prankster and mastery of ceremonies. Joakim first explored the world through the lens of hospitality, leading Scandinavian groups to Mediteranean, French Alps, and points beyond.

Other ventures included founding a global network marketing company and specialty jewelry design business. Recent Wesleyan University Graduate. Currently living in Brooklyn, New York working as a barista at a small local coffee shop. Interested in writing and studying fiction. Plan on going to graduate school and possibly becoming a Professor. Kelli is a global brand strategist and social impact consultant and founder of The Change Project. Kelli has over 25 years of brand, marketing and development experience with F, non-profit and NGO's. Kelli helps social entrepreneurs build brands at General Assembly and the Founder's Institute in San Francisco, and leads brand, innovation, mission, and transformation workshops all over the world.

I went to play in the 12pm Street Brass set on Sunday and managed to recruit some members to come back and play at the new spot at 5pm. I had to get my own band set up for pm and help Trevor with his kit. I think the pre-finale processionals through the market were a big hit although I only caught glimpses. Then the visiting bands were set up in a triangle spanning the south end of Kensington Ave where they alternated tunes for a closing minute set.

At just after 8pm we were off to Drom once again for the after party. We literally drank the place out of radlers. The most heartwarming of the post-festival experience was to learn from several of the local musicians just how fabulous the whole thing was — not just the festival itself — but the whole HONK! They finally get it. But I guess this is only the beginning. With this foundation, as we travel to other festivals we can make stronger connections and close this gap. Marion and I are seriously considering another trip to Somerville this fall. One of the challenges of bringing the HONK!

In other words, we want to expand the broader HONK! ON is unlike a lot of music festivals. The priority — at least as I see it — is that bands have a good time! ON is basically a community party with music. I hope that the visiting bands have such a good time that they will want to come again and talk it up to their colleagues. I hope that local musicians enjoy a unique musical experience that is exciting enough to cause ripples throughout their circles of influence. In terms of the HONK!

All three of these bands were at the very first HONK! Fest in Somerville, Massachusetts in So, first of all, we had a tremendously successful HONK! ON Festival coming up in less than two weeks! Thank you to Marion Lougheed, my love and partner, for helping me to put all this together!

And special thanks go as well to Micaela Morey, who not only was crucial in helping us organize, but also did an amazing performance of various cover songs with her band. Lauren Barnett and her partner Demetri Petsalakis — known as Catchfiyah in their duo appearances — also were wonderful and it was so much fun to sit in with them playing bari sax!

Both Micaela and Lauren play in my new band…. A significant detail for me, personally: the launch of Sax Drive. We played a great five-sax set of some of my original tunes, which seemed to go over extremely with our crowd. We are pumped to play our next gig at HONK! However, seems like some people have beat me to the name. Before we get too far along, I may have to change it or add something to it. Maybe not. We are way, way cooler after all.

Creates great perspective and incredibly grounding and centering. Have you by chance heard of this book? I remember when it first came out booksellers I spoke to said it was the f-bomb that attracted folks. Pure solid gold life advice and mind-expanding philosophy told in a disarming, accessible, warts-and-all way by a new master. The professor returns the midterm papers to the class. Being really frustrated, you call your best friend to share your experience but are sort of brushed off. A parking ticket Sort of brushed off This incredibly readable book helped me understand how to develop a growth mindset across all spectrums of my life from writing to marriage to parenting.

Since I read this book I began speaking differently to my children. And to myself. I also did a condensed video version of this article on Youtube :. Did you used to get your cheeks pinched? When I was a kid Poona Auntie pinched my cheeks at family gatherings on the reg. Why has it been so long? I guess it never struck me to take a break from fighting hammer brothers in my basement to phone up a distant aunt and start gabbing like we were sitting under permers at the beauty salon.

Would we have suddenly started swapping vindaloo recipes or debated the latest Bollywood star turn? Or would we have simply inched along a step to discussing how I never came to visit? What did I say to them? It took a long time to realize the shame was because of me. And that it was undeserved. I had somehow grown into the Poona Auntie of Sandwiches.

Over time, I started to understand why they never came back. It was the same reason I never called my aunt. Who can handle that kind of guilt? Much easier to disappear completely. Because guilt tripping is a form of emotional lashing out.

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Research from the University of Auckland and the University of New Hampshire found that people who felt more hurt when receiving criticism from partners were more likely to respond dramatically in order to make their partner feel guilty. The more their feelings were hurt, the more guilt their partners experienced.

We shake up, we shake down, we fly sideways, we get around. Sometimes the shakes send us flying. We have to grow to appreciate what we had and what we have. We have to learn to let go a little more of what could or should be. Moments, days, this year, right here. Wilson was my guidance counselor. He had a shiny head holding two fluffy-cloud patches of gray hair on the sides and wore thick glasses and loose-fitting gray T-shirts while helping students with timetables, college applications, and personal problems.

Everybody loved Mr. I talked to him about summer jobs and he calmed me down during exams. He had a quiet, big-picture worldview that helped us get above ourselves and see beyond life in our hometown. You could tell Mr. Wilson loved his job by the way his eyes twinkled as he bounced through the halls, spouting hellos and high-fiving students, calling everybody by name.

He was always smiling, and our school was his home. Back when I was in high school, the government had mandatory retirement. You turned sixty-five and poof! The government yanked you out of the workforce in a cloud of smoke and moved you straight on to old-age pension. You had no choice. Retirement is a good thing. A great thing! What everybody wants, dreams about, wishes for, over and over and over and over. Do whatever, whenever, wherever. Sounds like a good deal! The funny thing is that when Mr. Wilson retired. None of us did. We had the big celebration with cake, music from the band, and teary speeches from former students.

It was like the final scene in Mr. Wilson said he was excited to be retiring, but his thin smile and wet eyes said the opposite. But mandatory retirement came at age sixty-five. The next week he had a heart attack and died. Public pension promises in the U. The Germans. And many of us would like to retire much earlier. The entire concept of retirement is starting to feel flimsy at best. So what are we to do, short of working the rest of our days away? What can we learn from the healthiest year-olds in the world? What did they find out? But they also have an outlook on life that is very different from those in the West.

Literally nothing in their language describes the concept of stopping work completely. They had higher levels of self-rated health and lower levels of stress. We just want to do something we love. Of course not. Do you want to read more books? Most people I talk to say yes, yes, definitely yes. Texts and alerts and notifications and emails and headline skims and fly-by tickers and blog feeds and Twitter spews and Instagram comments. Who has time for books anymore? For most of my adult life I read five books a year tops.

Few slow burners on my nightstand, couple on vacation if I was lucky. But then three years ago I suddenly read fifty. Fifty books! In one year. I could suddenly feel books becoming this lead domino towards being a better husband, a better father, a better writer. And then what? So it seems the desire to read more is somewhat universal. An advanced version! Because sure, I hit slow patches, I hit bare patches, I slip into social media swirls and feel dirty afterwards.

But these are the eight things I do to get back on track. Live inside a world of books. The first one is a mindset change. But one day last year my wife just dumped a pile of about ten picture books in the middle of our coffee table. Our kids started flipping through them all the time. So now we just rotate them and leave them there. Path-of-least-resistance principle! Just like how Google leaves alfalfa bars and tofu chips on the counter for employees while hiding the jelly beans in cookie jars.

Want an epic toilet book? Try this. Go red in bed. Why red? Make your phone disgusting. Cell phones are a problem. Our phones are designed to be smooth, sexy, and irresistible. Make it disgusting. Put your phone in black and white. Leave your cracked screen cracked. Cause you're never really proud of those 11pm emails, amirite? Slowly, slowly, slowly prevent it from becoming such a seductive temptress. Go Dewey Decimal. How do you organize your books?


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  • By color? By when you bought them? By big random piles everywhere? It makes sense. The DDC is the most widely used classification system in the world and is currently in use at libraries in over countries. You make connections. You see where your big gaps are. Who is Jesus? What is a tree? I spent one Saturday putting my books in Dewey Decimal System and, in addition to scratching an incredibly deep organizational itch, I now find books faster, feel like my reading is more purposeful, and am more engaged in what I read, because I can sort of feel how it snaps into my brain.

    What tools do you need to do it? Just two! Oh, and I use a pencil to write the number and category inside the jacket. So three things including the pencil. I write the DDC code and the category in the inside jacket of each book. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… and the man who never reads lives only one. But that quote begs a great follow-up question: Which thousand lives will you live?

    The average lifespan is about months long. I read the books in advance, do all the interviews in-person, have a strict no ads and no sponsors policy, and just get off discussing the big themes related to their books. Unfollow all news. Or Go Wiki. But you know where the news followed me? So I had to get hardcore. Unfollow every news site on social media. Remove all bookmarks to news sites. Remove all passwords too! Now I get the news from skimming headlines at my local grocery store. No news sites, no news feeds.

    No left, no right, no leanings. When the news gets stripped out the space to read opens up. Same path-of-least-resistance principle. If we can be interrupted, alerted, or notified, we will. Not good for diving deep into new worlds. So what do I suggest? Real books.

    Real pages. On dead trees. Yes, kill em, print on em, and disappear into your mind. Only real books let you be the full director of the show, after all. No voice replaces your mental voice, no formatting or display screen affects the artistic intentions of the writer. Find your Sarah. And then I walk out with an armload of books that completely fit my emotional state, where I want or need to grow, and those that resonate with me on a deeper level. So are you ready to go? Do you need some final convincing? Makes you a better leader, teacher, parent, and sibling.

    Priming the brain. And the MRIs were done the next day. Just imagine the long-term benefits of cracking open a book every day. Most of us want to read more. And we can. A couple years ago I shared 8 ways to read more books and now I'm share 8 more ways. Ditch the Instagram comments and news feeds and let's all try and slip more pages into all the cricks and corners of the day.

    Happy reading. Another year! As always, these are the best books I read in … not the best books that came out in! Me neither! Less than a hundred years.

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    Red was for kings, warriors, and cardinals. Color of the Virgin Mary for a couple thousand years. Ever wondered about the origin of fuchsia, electric blue, or sepia? Well, each of the seventy-five colors highlighted literally in this book shares the fascinating little tale of how it got to its place in the world today. This book explores the history of public shaming and the reemergence of it on a mass scale with the Internet.

    It sounded like a topic I cared nothing about yet the storytelling here is completely engrossing. Past and future covered here: A great exploration of shaming history and a confident wade into the complex emotional issues surrounding how we think today about power to the people. Stateside Theatre Congress Ave. Add to Favorites 1kPhew. Parish E 6th St. Add to Favorites 1Playy. Cedar Street Courtyard W 4th St. Mar 12, am — pm. Mar 11, am — pm.

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