Michael Wolff is, in his own words ‘obsessively interested in everything’.
To some he’s known for co-founding and leading the London agency Wolff Olins in the 60′s (he left in the 80′s), a company that’s helped many great brands to express who they are, in ways that were pioneering.
To list the clients he’s worked with or his achievements for design in business and in society would not do justice to the designer Michael Wolff.
It’s Michael’s appreciation of things large and small, the constant curiosity which he’s maintained throughout his life, as well as his reluctance to be labeled as any one particular type of designer, that makes him the creative extraordinaire that he is.
His holistic view of design, and his never ending interest in the world around him, makes us proud to have him introduce TEDxCentralSaintMartins 2012.
Michael now runs Michael Wolff & Company which has its base in London and works with a network of talent throughout the world.
Tom is a Design Director at IDEO where he works with clients to design and develop new business opportunities. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, a very thorough understanding of business.
Tom is particularly interested in commercializing new products and services, designing new business ventures and taking them to market. Clients he works with at IDEO are from a diverse range of industries including technology, retail, FMCG, financial services, hospitality and fashion.
More recently Tom has led the development, launch and ongoing use of www.openideo.com, an open platform for tackling challenges for social good.
Having spent a year teaching secondary school in Tanzania, Tom also believes in the power of entrepreneurship for sustainable social good.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, with first class honors from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. In 1998, Tom joined British sports car manufacturer, Marcos Sales Ltd., where he became Managing Director and transformed the loss-making company into a profitable enterprise by diversifying the company into race cars and road cars. He sold the company in 1999. In 2000, Tom founded Fluid Conditioning Systems Ltd. to commercialise the Magnom™, a patented magnetic filtration innovation system, now used in a diverse range of industries, including
Formula 1. Current Magnom™ customers include Ferrari F1, Ducati, JCB and Fernox. He also oversaw the expansion of the company’s operations to the United States and is particularly proud to have had the product displayed in the Design Museum, London. Tom regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption.
He keeps a blog www.weijiblog.com in which he celebrates creative approaches to solving real business challenges.
Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities, and a Senior Fellow at LSE Ideas. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the British Academy. He has written, co-authored or edited over twenty books, written or co-authored more than one hundred articles and chapters, and lectured, broadcast or presented papers in over twenty countries. His books include: The Mind Map Book (1993, with Tony Buzan); Security: A New Framework for Analysis (1998, with Ole Wæver and Jaap de Wilde); Anticipating the Future (1998, with Gerald Segal); International Systems in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations (2000, with Richard Little); From International to World Society? English School Theory and the Social Structure of Globalisation (2004); The United States and the Great Powers: World Politics in the Twenty-First Century (2004); with Lene Hansen, The Evolution of International Security Studies (2009).
Julie Jenson Bennett’s career spans eighteen years of design strategy and business leadership, largely at Intel. As a design strategist she’s defined dozens of disruptive products in networking, e-commerce, healthcare, television and domestic appliances. As a leader, she’s consistently delivered vision, profits and growth in a range of business models, from small creative studios to global corporate teams.
Her work lives at the intersection of business and design. In the process of getting the answers needed for effective decision making, Julie has acquired deep knowledge of cognitive science, emotion science, anthropology, material culture and semiotics and is passionate about both the power and limitations of user-centred design and consumer market research.
Now, as CEO of Precipice, Julie continues to balance her time between business management and strategic consulting. Precipice is a London-based product design and innovation agency, teaching companies to achieve competitive advantage through meaning-centred design.
Peter Kruse is a professor for general and organisational psychology at the University of Bremen and founder and CEO of nextpractice, a corporation based in Bremen, Germany. With his team of professionals, comprised of psychologists, economists, sociologists, computer scientists and designers, he develops customised computer-based management tools to support entrepreneurial decision-making and to empower collective intelligence. With the dedicated ‘nextexpertizer’ tool, Peter Kruse is able to tap into the collective intuition of groups, revealing the hidden value patterns underpinning social change.
The data that emerges enables us to answer the question: what’s next?
Peter Kruse graduated in psychology, biology and human medicine and took a summa cum laude Ph.D. in 1984 as a member of the German National Academic Foundation’s high potential program.
He has worked in the field of brain research for over 15 years, with an interest focus on “processing of complexity” and “autonomous order formation in intelligent networks” for various German Universities. In 1994 he won the Berninghausen Prize for innovative teaching and in 2003 the Teaching Award in Gold of the ZfU International Business School.
He has been an international business consultant for the past 10 years, advising a wide range of companies and institutions on the application of self-organisation concepts to entrepreneurial issues.
He lists many of the top 100 German companies among his clients and is author of over two hundred scientific and popular publications. In 2004 he won the German Social Democratic Party’s Innovation Prize for entrepreneurial dedication, in 2007 and in 2009 the “Personalmagazin” listed him once more among the 40 most influential personalities in HR Management.
Peter’s current field of interest is focused on the evolution of NetSociety which he explores in the What’s Next? – an International Institute for Cultural Understanding and Participation which is just about to take off.
Nadia Berthouze is a Senior Lecturer in the UCL Interaction Centre at the University College London. The premise of her research is that emotion and subjective experience should be factored in the design of interactive technology to address the needs of each user group or even those of each individual. Her aim is to create technology that can sense its user’s emotional state and use that information to tailor the interaction process. She focuses on body movement as a medium to induce, recognize, and measure the quality of experience of humans interacting and engaging with/through whole-body technology.
She is also investigating the various factors that affect such experience, including emotional contagion and cross-cultural differences. Through various funded project (EPSRC Emo&Pain, EPSRC Digital Sensoria, EU-FP7 ILHAIRE), she is addressing the above issues in the clinical, entertainment and textile retail contexts. Dr Berthouze has published more than 100 papers in affective computing, human-machine interaction, and pattern recognition.
We want to help honeybees thrive by creating the biggest bee-friendly network in the world, starting right here in Kings Cross.
The Honey Club is a social enterprise set up by Wolff Olins (a brand and innovation company) and Global Generation (a sustainable youth charity) in Kings Cross, London, which aims to save bees, learn more and give back.
Together we keep two hives on the roof of the Wolff Olins building and use beekeeping and other bee-friendly activities as way to engage with our local community, bring businesses and young people to learn together side-by-side and foster a sense of responsibility from something that is fun and real.