Colin Webster works with the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation as an Education Programme Manager. In this role, he introduces high school teachers and students to the circular economy, produces educational resources and works with universities through the Foundation's Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship programme. Prior to working with the Foundation, Colin worked in secondary schools and in graphic design. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Gretchen Hooker is a designer, educator, and Biomimicry Specialist at the Biomimicry Institute, a global non-profit that empowers people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. One of the Institute’s best-known projects is AskNature, an online resource for innovators that provides free information on over 1,800 natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications. Gretchen’s work at the Institute focuses primarily on the Global Biomimicry Design Challenge and the development of educational resources that support the integration of biomimicry into academia and professional practice.
Gretchen holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist.
Mike Werner is an Environmental Program Manager with Google. Having decided to give up the life of a pharmaceutical chemist, he has been dedicated to eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer products instead of creating them. He has worked in the green building and products space for 8 years including with renowned green architect Bill McDonough. Mike also advocates for design thinking as a platform for addressing corporate sustainability and driving business solutions. He has served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Building Sciences. When asked about the future of business growth, Mike says that “Because we expect to see significant global changes in consumption, resource availability, and volatility over the next 15 years, our businesses must find ways to decouple growth from constrained resources. Innovation must start today if we are to have sustainable, profitable business.”
Nathan Shedroff is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA, where he founded the ground-breaking MBA in Design Strategy. This program prepares the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful by uniting the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework. He is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design, is serial entrepreneur, and researches, speaks and teaches internationally about meaning, strategic innovation, and science fiction interfaces. His many books include: Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design is the Problem, Design Strategy in Action, and the new Make It So.
He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. He worked with Richard Saul Wurman at TheUnderstandingBusiness and, later, co-founded vivid studios, a decade-old pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first Web services firms on the planet. vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging Web industry.
Nathan is on the board of directors for Teague and the AIGA.
Born in Albuquerque, NM, and raised in Boston, MA, Christopher Carter is an educator, a seasoned animator/story board artist, and a nationally known and highly regarded sculptor.
He holds an MFA (Fine Arts/Sculpture) from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to being a working artist, Christopher held teaching posts in art in Boston and California, was a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, and an Instructor at San Francisco's Art Institute of California. His art work has been shown in numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions, and is held in numerous private collections and museums.
Christopher has an extensive background in animation. He was CEO/Creative Director of Maverix Studios, San Francisco, CA, and Tokyo, Japan, from 2007 to 2012, and won a "Clio" (the advertising industry's highest award) for his animation work and direction while at Colossal Pictures and Wild Brain, Inc. Maverix Studios' clients included HBO ,National Geographic,Warner, Proctor and Gamble ,Coke(Sprite ) and Lucas Arts and Entertainment.
Christopher is also a Next-Gen Board Member of The Wege Foundation and resides in Miami, FL, where he is constructing a multi-use mixed media art studio and exhibition venue.