Sandersson Jones

In 2008 Sanderson Jones left his job as an advertising salesman to become a stand up. In 2012 he sold out the Sydney Opera House. Incredibly, he did this by selling every single ticket to the show by hand. What’s more, the technology loving geek researched the audience and incorporated their online lives into his show.

In January 2013 Sanderson, alongside comedian Pippa Evans, started up a non-religious church called the Sunday Assembly, it celebrated life through talks, comedy and songs. The concept went viral and there are now 28 Assemblies across the world. They started a global movement within a year and it is now even included in the GCSE syllabus for Religious Education! Earlier this year Sanderson talked on BBC Radio 4 about the phenomenon of ‘swapping Psalms for pop songs’.

Sanderson isn’t your normal comedian, he knows about how to start a business from scratch and all that goes into it, he also researches his audience before the event and builds their online profiles into his routine (something which developed off the back of him selling his tickets by hand!). So his comedy is multifaceted, a bit inspirational, interactive, and not to mention eye wateringly funny.

The friendly funnyman with the uplifting tale will bring a smile to any event, business or otherwise. People are endlessly fascinated by themselves, and with a bespoke, personalized performance your event will live long in the memory.

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation and research.

Under his leadership it moved out of the public sector to become an independent foundation; greatly expanded its work, partly through creating new units, centres and funds in fields ranging from evidence and impact investment to challenge prizes and skills; and complemented its work in the UK with work in dozens of countries around the world.

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has helped set up many organisations including Demos and the Young Foundation as well as the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust and Action for Happiness.

Geoff co-chaIrs a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He has advised many governments around the world and is currently chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and a member of advisory committees for the Prime Minister’s office in the UAE, the Scottish Government and SITRA, the Finnish Innovation agency.

Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), Good and Bad Power (Penguin) and ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press). His most recent book is ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ published by Princeton University Press. His books have been translated into many languages. Geoff has also given TED talks on topics including the future economy, happiness and education.

Text from https://www.nesta.org.uk/team/geoff-mulgan/

Karen Dolva

Karen Dolva is CEO and co-founder of No Isolation, a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. In 2018 she was awarded the European Commission’s Women Innovators: Rising Innovators prize. She’s an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship, and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.

Martin Wezowski

Martin Wezowski works as Chief Designer and Futurist for SAP’s Innovation Center Network & Chief Innovation Office. 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. Working for SAP’s global innovation strategy group, he crafts future outlooks, moonshots, strategies and products, defines and runs innovation frameworks to find out what’s next and beyond for SAP and the future of work. 2017 he was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany as the “Software visionary” (“Handelsblatt”).

Martin talks about the mechanics and dynamics of change. How fast is it? What it means to be an innovator and strategist is transforming faster than before, from classic product definition and styling of the superficial, to systemic connections of everything, including social and political systems, deeply rooted in a space of challenges and promises between cutting edge tech and humanism. In an exponential and converging digital-fueled change, we design a relationship, a behavior, that the product will follow. This change is our most important innovation brief and the stakes are high. Technology is the human evolution, it creates a playground that Martin calls the “Humachine”, a symbiosis between human ingenuity and machine intelligence, this opens new horizons for our imagination in a time when “now” has never been so temporary. Bringing these thoughts together we need to answer the question “What is human, and what is work in a superhuman future?”

Martin studied construction engineering, design and modern media production technologies. Prior to joining SAP in 2013, he worked for Sony Ericsson (Sweden) as creative director for 7 years. He also lived in Shenzhen, China for 2 years while serving as director of the UX board (Huawei). His innovation strategies helped to bring the Chinese tech giant’s consumer business from number 8 to number 3 in the marketplace.

He frequently shares his passion for the future, technology and innovation as international keynote speaker. He builds on his adventures stretching from Poland, Sweden, China to Germany. He believes that everything can and should be given a purpose through innovation and design, including the innovation systems themselves.

Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz

Charlotte is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Malmö University with responsibility for collaboration and innovation. She chairs Forum for Social Innovation Sweden and the Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Malmö. She is and has been a board member of several organizations focusing on innovation and growth.

With an extensive background, both in public and private organizations and in academia, Charlotte’s interests and mission in her role at Malmö University is to contribute to a sustainable and more equal society through research-based knowledge, critical reflection and readiness to act. To develop new knowledge around social innovation, social entrepreneurship, new models of collaboration and financing as well as strategic partnerships is one way to contribute to society.

Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde

Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde är VD och grundare av Inkludera, en non-profit som jobbar med starka sociala innovationer som utvecklats på gräsrotsnivå. Tillsammans med entreprenörerna bakom dessa bygger Inkludera finansiellt hållbara och skalbara organisationer med målet att nya idéer ska bli nationella lösningar. Under 2019 har Inkluderas verksamheter avtal med över 80 svenska kommuner och stadsdelar, och arbetar med 33 000 individer.

Jenny Carenco

Jenny Carenco är VD och grundare av Prosper, Sveriges första oberoende intermediär för sociala investeringar. Prosper sammanför aktörer från offentlig, idéburen och privat sektor för att skapa, implementera och finansiera lösningar med mätbar effekt på några av samhällets största problem.

Nickilina Heikkilä

Nickilina Heikkilä är Strategic Change Manager och projektledare för påverkansarbetet på Inkludera, en non-profit som jobbar med starka sociala innovationer som utvecklats på gräsrotsnivå. Tillsammans med entreprenörerna bakom dessa bygger Inkludera finansiellt hållbara och skalbara organisationer med målet att nya idéer ska bli nationella lösningar. Under 2019 har Inkluderas verksamheter avtal med över 80 svenska kommuner och stadsdelar, och arbetar med 33 000 individer.

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