John Doran(@awaytowellbeing) has been a teacher and guidance counselor for over 24 years and is the author Ways to Wellbeing,. a book about creating a positive educational experience in the 21st century which taught in over…

Rahaf Harfoush (@rahafharfoush) is a digital anthropologist, bestselling author and speaker researching the impacts of emerging technologies on our society and is focused on deep (and often hidden) behavioral shifts that are taking place within organizations…

Charles Eisenstein (@ceisenstein) is an author, podcaster and public speaker focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His online writings have built a tremendous following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events,…

Deborah M Gordon - Biologist and Ant ResearcherDeborah Gordon is a Professor of Biology at Stanford University studying the evolution of collective behavior using ant colonies as a model. Her research focuses on how ant colonies regulate their behavior in response to environmental changes, and how collective behavior is related to ecology. This work is highly relevant given the nature of swarms/emergent behavior and possibly holds valuable insights into other species or humanity relating to current changes in climate.

She is also a partner in the “Ants in Space” project designed to learn more about how ants search and coordinate, information that may be useful in designing robot search algorithms and possibly colonizing extraterrestrial bodies like Mars, the Moon or other planetary objects.

Deborah’s the author of Ants at Work and has given two well-received talks at TED in 2003 and 2014 on the ingenious intelligence of ants and swarms which each received 1M+ views to date

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Lolly Daskal - leadership consultantLolly Daskal (@lollydaskal) is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world with extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a
Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc.com, 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next by Inc. magazine and Huffington Post’s The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.

Lolly’s writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and others.

She is the author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller: The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness and previous bestseller Thoughts Spoken From the Heart.

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Byron Reese - CEO of GigaomByron Reese (@byronreese) is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-leading technology research company. Byron’s also an award-winning author, speaker and futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity.

Byron holds a number of technology patents and hosts two podcasts about artificial intelligence. He gives talks around the world about how technology is changing work, education, and culture to combined audiences well in excess of 100,000.

His newest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity tackles the issues of artificial intelligence, robots, automation, and the future of work. Byron is also the author of Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War.

Bloomberg Businessweek credits Byron with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head.”

Byron and his work have been featured in hundreds of news outlets, including New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, NPR, and the LA Times Magazine.

“The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.”byronreese.com Continue reading

 Dr Brynn Winegard - Neuroscience and PersuasionDr. Brynn Winegard (@drbrynnwinegard) is a neuroscience, psychology and marketing expert, award-winning professor, speaker, and expert. She speaks frequently on the topics of persuasion, productivity, the neuroscience of leadership, motivation and preventing age-related cognitive decline.

Coupled with over a decade in corporate marketing working for Pfizer Inc., Nestle Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Inc., she brings an interesting real-world perspective to high-performance brain science.

Brynn is on the faculty at Schulich School of Business, DeGroote School of Business, and University of Guelph but is now more focused on helping others through speaking about ‘Building Better Business Brains’ to clients ranging from the Alberta Canadian government, the largest Canadian telecoms, Coca-Cola, Crayola, Deloitte and dozens more.

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 Donald Hoffman (@donaldhoffman) is a cognitive scientist, popular author and Professor of Cognitive Science at UC Irvine. He studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, authors every aspect of our everyday reality.

Don has co-authored two technical books: Observer Mechanics: A Formal Theory of Perception which offers a theory of consciousness and its relationship to physics and Automotive Lighting and Human Vision which applies vision science to vehicle lighting.

His newest book Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See presents the modern science of visual perception to a broad audience. His new book, tentatively titled Do We See Reality?, to appear at the end of 2017, expands on his 2015 TED Talk and explains how our perceptions have evolved to hide reality from us.

Hoffman has won the Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award of the National Academy of Sciences and the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation.

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Carl Safina - Author

Carl Safina (@carlsafina) is author of various books and many other writings about how the ocean is changing, lives of free-living animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. His books include among others the award-winning Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatrossas well as The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World and Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel.

Carl is founding president of the Safina Center, and an endowed research professor at Stony Brook University where he is active both in ocean sciences and co-chair of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina and his writing appears in The New York TimesAudubonOrion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and CNN.com.

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George Dvorsky (@dvorsky) is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist that has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is also a senior staff reporter at the popular tech blog Gizmodo, a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism and blogs at sentientdevelopments.com

George is a founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program. In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms.

George’s work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. Outside of work he is also an avid CrossFitter, an ancestral health enthusiast, and an accomplished music performer, composer, and recording engineer.

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