The Barefoot Doctor, Stephen Russell is an acclaimed and controversial interpreter of the philosophy and the methods of the ancient Taoist warrior-sages. Working across all platforms he teaches how these may be best deployed to ameliorate the human condition from the inside out. He's dedicated nearly 50 years to his specialty, has authored 17 books, including HANDBOOK FOR THE URBAN WARRIOR, produces 'psychoactive' electronic dance music, and founded the 'conscious clubbing' movement. He is an avid bridge-builder between the worlds of esoteric study and contemporary culture and has a following of millions around the world.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in ten children between the ages of one and 15 has a mental health disorder and it is reckoned that 1 in 4 will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point in their childhood. Erika founded Karisma Kidz a company that coaches children through their problems, helping them to learn to manage and counter any difficulties they are facing or having to deal with using play.
Erika specialises in cutting-edge techniques that embrace Quantum Physics, Epigenetics, Noetic Science and Energy. Having spent 14 years in Education, Parenting and Family Support and Performance Improvement (Triple P, Strengthening Families, F.A.S.T and Nurturing Links) she decided to follow her passion for working with people at the subconscious level and delve into the world of Energy Work and Psychology. She qualified as an EFT Master Practitioner and Trainer (AAMET), NLP Master Practitioner and Coach (ABNLP), META Medicine Health Coach, Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, PSYCH–K advanced facilitator and is an accredited Heartmath provider of workshops and training.
Inua is an award winning poet and performer, a writer with a style influenced by classic literature and hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme. 2009 saw the debut of his first play ‘The 14th Tale’, which toured nationally, scooping a prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before returning to London for a sold-out run at the Cottesloe, National Theatre. His second play toured nationally for 30 dates including 2 weeks at Soho Theatre in October 2010.
Dr James Giles is a philosopher and psychologist, holds a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, and is Lecturer in the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education. He has taught at several universities in Canada, Australia, Guam, Hawaii, and Denmark, and has also travelled widely through India, China, South-East Asia, and the Pacific. Giles’ writings on philosophical psychology, metaphysics, and human relationships, are much discussed. He is best known for his version of the no-self view of personal identity, the naked love theory of human evolution, the vulnerability and care theory of love, and the idea of sexual desire as an existential need. Author to several works, including The Nature of Sexual Desire, Giles’ is typically interdisciplinary and intercultural in his research, drawing on such areas as philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and biology, while exploring their expression in different cultures. Only through such an approach, argues Giles, can we hope to understand the human condition. Giles is a long-term teacher and practitioner of yoga.
Ian is the Creative Director and Partner of technology company Zolmo. Since joining in 2010, Ian has led the creative for the Apple Design Award-winning apps for Jamie Oliver, some of the top-grossing, top-rated apps for iPhone and iPad, with over 8 million downloads. Three years later, Zolmo has been ranked in Design Week’s Top 50 Design Consultancies.
After graduating best-of-show from university with acclaimed short animated film Solar, he joined leading visual effects company The Mill as an art director, designing commercials for Audi, Nokia and game trailers for Sony.
Ian is also a regular speaker on creativity and the mobile industry and contributed to the best-selling Mobile and App Case Study Book. He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, serving on juries for the D&AD Student Awards, Webby Awards and Art Directors Club. Ian takes an active role in championing youth in creativity.
Jamie created The Irrepressibles, is a ten-member orchestral ensemble described by The Sunday Times as "an enchantingly theatrical pop extravaganza.” Brilliant interpreters of the cabaret tradition, they blend cutting edge fashion, contemporary electronica and gay iconography. With successful spectacular productions at the Southbank Centre, Barbican, Cite De La Musique in Paris, Holland Festival, and many other celebrated homes for innovative artists, The Irrepressibles have established themselves as blazing young talents in the world of international performing arts. The Irrepressibles recently continued their reputation as creators of arresting images with the video for their last single, ''Two Men In Love''. The video has had over 50,000 viewings-- despite Youtube censoring the video with an 'Over 18 only'' for its depiction of men kissing men, women kissing women. Their third album, the self-released, ‘’Nude’’ received rave reviews including the Independent who called the record ‘"An act of bravery in a cowardly world."
Alexa is an American artist best known for her painted portraits. However, she works on an unusual canvas: the actual human body. And she takes a classical concept -- trompe l'oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional—and turns it on its head. Her aim is to do the opposite, to collapse depth and make her living models into flat pictures. The result is walking, talking optical illusions, 3D paintings that confuse how the eye processes objects in space.
David Knight is a designer, author, and director of the architectural practice DK-CM. Concerned with the production of the built environment, David's work spans design, criticism, research and activism. He teaches architecture at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art, where he is currently also working on a PhD called 'Making Planning Popular', and he has lectured, exhibited and published widely. David co-authored 'SUB-PLAN: A Guide to Permitted Development' (published 2009) and has recently written for Domus, Architecture Today, and Building Design. DK-CM is currently working on a new town square in the interwar suburb of Barkingside and a series of public realm improvements in Southall.
Jaime Rodney of Brooklyn, New York began his dance training at age nine at the Eliot Feld Ballet Tech program. He later attended LaGuardia H.S for Performing Arts and received his B.F.A in dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase University. He is the recipient of The Eiger four year dance scholarship as well as the Bert Terborg Dance award. Professional credits include Ballet Black (UK), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (US), Metropolitan Opera (US), Tania Perez Salas Compania de Danza (MX), The Lion King (DE), Hairspray (DE), Setsuko Kawaguchi Ballet (JP) and WOW (IL). He has also performed in various other productions and festivals through the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. As a Producer, he has worked with theatre company Dante or Die, writer Harold Finley and is in the process of producing his own solo work. He is currently completing his MA Creative Producing degree at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.