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“One day I’ll be ready”, “One day I’ll get this done” - that’s a mantra we often hear our inner voice repeat. And even though there are times in day-to-day life when there is no other option than to wait and show patience, when it comes to our dreams and our goals, we often find ourselves waiting for that special moment, the right moment, to say or do that thing we always wanted to do. But: why wait? Reasons are countless, we opt to wait for practical, time-based, financial, fear based reasons, we generally do anything to avoid the touchdown, the feedback, the launch, the unknown, the new. But the opportunity to take that first step is always there and it is profound. Meet our speakers who have decided to make a change, take matters in their own hands, danced with their fear and have left the waiting queue. You might be more prepared than you think! Don’t wait for the right moment, create it!
Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, mentor and teacher. His 3 books and dozens of workshops on Gamification and Behavioral Design have set the standard in teaching how to build for engagement across many industries and countries. After the collapse of his recent startup, Gabe embarked on a journey to understand the fear of failure and how it limits us personally and professionally. This project, called Failosophy, distills the lessons of individuals and organizations that have learned to fail fast, fail better and fail more often to achieve success - and how we can too. Gabe is a polyglot and frequent public storyteller with a culinary streak. He’s visited nearly 100 countries and counting and currently resides in Los Angeles with his partner and their dog, Gizmo.
Didem Tali is a multi-award-winning journalist and a documentary filmmaker who covers issues of human rights and culture around the world. Her collaborations included the New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Economist, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, NPR, and many more. Her stories about marginalized communities in the Global South won her many recognitions, including awards from the United Nations and British Council. She holds an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics.
Didem's ongoing process of recovering from trauma ignited her passion for self-care and mental health. She lives in Istanbul, where she's working on her first book and longer-term journalism projects.
Can Dündar has been working as a journalist for the last 40 years, for several newspapers, magazines, TV companies. He produced many TV documentaries focusing particularly on modern Turkish history and biographies. He worked as an anchorman for several news channels. He stepped down from his post as the editor in chief of the daily Cumhuriyet on August 2016, after he was sentenced 5 years and 10 months of imprisonment due to his story on the Turkish Intelligence Service’s involvement in the Syrian war. He was jailed for 3 months and survived an assassination attempt. He now lives in exile in Germany. He is a columnist for German daily Die Zeit and commentator for German WDR’s Cosmo… He founded the news radio called #Özgürüz in exile… Dündar has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. He is the writer of 40 books, some of which were published in German, English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese.
April is at home in motion. By age ten, she had been to most of the 50 U.S. states, and loved finding new places and people. Following university, she spent nearly four years guiding tours around the world, then traveling locally with a backpack on a shoestring budget, with the goal of seeing how much of the rest of the world lived as she could. That led her to a “portfolio career” spanning global development, law, technology, financial inclusion and the sharing economy. A fan of using innovation to spark a better, human-centric future, April loves rethinking how we work, live, create, collaborate, invest and plan. This is challenging in a world increasingly in flux. She advises, speaks, writes, teaches and does handstands in almost every corner of the globe, and has now traveled to more than 100 countries. Wanderlust is never far away, but she is finally watering her local roots in Portland, Oregon.
Ferry Heilemann is CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub, Europe’s first fully integrated digital freight forwarder. He has already gained a name in the startup world as an experienced entrepreneur and investor with more than eight years of experience. He and his brother Dr. Fabian Heilemann (Co-founder and Chairman of the Board at FreightHub) founded the coupon platform DailyDeal as early as 2009. They quickly expanded the company to over 350 employees and sold it to Google for over $ 100 million in 2011. In the following, they founded Heilemann Ventures and invested in over 25 start-ups. Among other things, they bought back their old company from Google, led it into profitability and sold it again. Within FreightHub Ferry focuses on fundraising, human resources and the financial sector.
Thomas was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences which heavily influences his thinking to this day, but instead of pursuing a scientific career - which would have been the obvious choice, or becoming a rockstar - which was his childhood dream, he instead discovered the internet at around 1996 and started building digital platforms almost immediately which led to a series of successful and unsuccessful initiatives, projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least cost routing services, service providers and ecommerce platforms.
His driving force since childhood is to contribute towards making the planet a good place for everyone. This is not only lead by his strong belief that if we all contribute towards this goal, we can make the planet a happy place for everyone, but also for his son Noah, whom he feels accountable to. For a long time he believed that we could make this happen with technology but in the past years he has learned that while we technically can solve the planetary problems with technology, we cannot use these solutions until we have changed our minds about how we want to live. In order to contribute towards a guiding narrative for the future we want to build, he is describing a good future in his upcoming book MOTHER –
Often described as a force to be reckoned with, Nova Reid is a diversity and anti-racism campaigner and consultant who uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to focus on mindset change, working with organisations and individuals to improve diversity and systems of discrimination from the inside-out.
Nova has worked with leading social justice organisations including Change.org, is a popular keynote speaker, and regular mentor at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival. In March 2019 Nova was invited to lead a panel at the UK’s first SHE Summit. In the same month she was honoured to be named one of the Top 100 Black British Women by the Black Magic Network, as part of International Women’s Day 2019 and was recently nominated for a National Diversity Award.
Nova regularly appears on leading media including BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio as an expert on race and diversity matters and in 2018, Nova was invited to attend the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to provide expert media commentary. She is has written for publications including Refinery29 UK and Restless Magazine, and is also founder of multi award-winning wedding media entity and London show, Nu Bride, the leading inclusive platform dedicated to diversity in the mainstream wedding industry.
Nova is a passionate advocate for equality and helping people be the change they want to see in the world.
Sebastian works on shifting the trillions in financial markets to fight the climate crisis. While the financial industry tends to wait, he promotes fast and profound changes to the financial system to reduce climate risks and finance a sustainable society. He assesses green financial market regulation, coordinates stakeholder conversations and spreads the word on sustainable finance. With the finance fit for Paris (3fP) -Track, he analyses the implementation of the Paris Agreement pledge to redirect financial flows towards the Paris Goals. The 3fP-Tracker helps citizens to challenge policy makers in their efforts to fight the climate crisis and kick-starts conversations amongst financial market stakeholders on green finance. Sebastian is further supporting the development of an EU sustainable taxonomy, which will help to overcome terminology and language challenges between environmentalists and the financial industry. He calls on everyone: don’t wait - fight the climate crisis!
Philipp Herold (1991, Heidelberg) is one of the most multifaceted slam poets of his generation. The trained Rap MC and cultural scientist is a copywriter, speaker and presenter. For more than 10 years he has been active on various stages, twice became a German-speaking vice champion in poetry slam, was the editor of the anthology “Tintenfrische” and received the Martha-Saalfeld-Förderpreis. Besides countless live events, Herold regularly hosts the Dead and Alive Poetry Slam at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Heilbronn Poetry Slam and the Word Up! Poetry Slams in Heidelberg and Mannheim. In autumn 2018 he celebrated the premiere of his solo program “Kulturensohn” as well as the long-awaited release of his first album “Alles zu seiner Zeit”.
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