Jeremy Heimans is a prolific political and social activist. He is CEO & co-founder of Purpose, a social business building global movements trying to change the world, and is also a co-founder of Avaaz.org, one of the largest and most powerful online activist networks in the world. He believes in the power of collective action to tackle the world’s biggest problems.
Pia Mancini is committed to open-sourcing democracies in the digital age. She wants to enable every citizen to participate in day-to-day politics. She co-founded the DemocracyOS foundation, which designed a digital tool for citizen engagement, and the Net Party, an Argentinian political party.
Tessy Britton researches and prototypes new ways to support widespread practical participation to make our cities inspiring, exciting and happy places to live in. She supervises Participatory City, an initiative to build a participatory neighborhood in a London borough (+200,000 residents). She is also the co-founder of the Community lover’s guide to the universe.
Tomas Diez is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona. His research focuses on the emergence of communities that manufacture goods locally with digital tools. He further explores how these new models of production transform our cities and the way citizens live, consume and relate to each other.
Juan Pablo Ortega advises various firms on their innovation and business strategy. Previously, he has been working for Ruta N Medellin, a public joint venture fostering the city’s innovation ecosystem.
Bharati Chaturvedi is concerned with urban poverty and environmental justice. She advocates for cities that are at the same time green, sustainable and inclusive for those who work in the informal sector. She has worked closely with a variety of Indian policymakers.