People

EDITORS
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Louis-Jacques Darveau is an independent researcher and strategic designer based in Montreal, Canada, and editor and publisher of The Alpine Review, which he co-founded in 2012.
Patrick is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and strategist who has spent his career asking questions and building communities for pages, stages, screens, and microphones across the world. He was editor for The Alpine Review’s third print issue. He now co-edits and writes Buckslip, and as a partner at No Media Company, helps a small global roster of clients with human understanding and research-driven strategic sensemaking. He has been a correspondent for Monocle in Australia, the South Pacific, and Canada, and previously edited Dumbo Feather.
Patrick Tanguay was one of the original 'mind behind' The Alpine Review, co-editor and subsequently editor-at-large. He is a creative generalist on a constant quest for information—always reading, researching and connecting. He’s interested in the disruption of everything, in the rise of open and in understanding the shifts our world is undergoing. He publishes the awesome Sentiers weekly newsletter.
AUTHORS
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Alan Watts (1915-1973) was an English philosopher, writer and speaker most widely known for bringing Eastern wisdom to the West.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is a product & interaction designer and entrepreneur. She has been designing products for the “Internet of Things” since 2005. She co-founded Tinker London, runs a design consultancy Designswarm Industries and is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps.
André Schaminée studied urban design and works for Twynstra Gudde consultants and managers in The Netherlands. In 2010 together with Jaap Warmenhoven he founded Geen Kunst, which now is a new division of Twynstra Gudde. André founded in the mid 90’s Living Room Records and Singlesclub. He lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Anna is an advisor, consulting brand builder, strategist, writer + editor. Co-founder at Miss Grass, the “goop of cannabis”. She previously served as Chief Content Officer at Miss Grass. Head of Content at dosist and Managing Editor of The Alpine Review (Issue 3). She was also the Creative Director (Editorial) at Faraday Future. In 2016 she co-founder of the weekly newsletter buckslip.email (formerly The Overprint).
Boris Anthony is an independent Strategic Design advisor, currently based in Berlin. He's been working on the ever-evolving Open Web since 1995.
Bryan Boyer is based in Brooklyn, New York, where he works on buildings, companies and other projects.
Charles Leadbeater is an author and a leading authority on innovation, strategy and education. He has advised companies, cities and governments and is former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's favourite corporate thinker. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading innovative thinkers on the future of learning, in the developed and the developing world.
Chris is a writer, editor, publisher, multimedia maker, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle. He is the founding editor of three award-winning publications, including Hazlitt, the influential online magazine he created for Penguin Random House Canada, where he also served as the director of digital publishing. A seven-time National Magazine Award winner in categories including best video, web design, short feature, and magazine of the year, Chris’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Monocle, Kinfolk, Azure, ICON, Maisonneuve, Canadian Geographic, and The Alpine Review. In addition to writing and editing, he has produced documentaries for CBC Radio and Monocle 24; at the Toronto Standard and Hazlitt he co-created and produced the web-only series “Made in Toronto” and “Pagelicker”. Broken Atlas, his book of foreign reportage documenting the past ten years of globalization will be published by Random House Canada.
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, Dan’s previous leadership positions have included Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC. Dan is Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose in London, Visiting Professor at Design Academy Eindhoven, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation.
Daniel C. Russell is the Percy Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy at Ormond College as well as a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at University of Melbourne. He is also Professor of Philosophy at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona.
David Cox is an award winning filmmaker, digital media artist, writer, animator and cultural critic who has lived and worked in Britain, the United States and Australia. He is based in San Francisco. He is employed as a lecturer part time at the Design & Industry Department, San Francisco State University.
Eli Batalion is a writer, producer, director, actor and composer for film, TV, the web and the stage who has taken his love of the arts into the realm of social entrepreneurship.
Eli Burnstein is a Toronto-based writer and editor whose pieces have been published online in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Alpine Review, and Lapham’s Quarterly. He is the coauthor of Parachutes (an Alpine Review project) and the founder and host of Spelling Bae, a language competition for adults.
Elmo Keep is an Australian writer in New York whose work has appeared at Vice, Matter, The Awl, The Verge and The Best Australian Science Writing. She is a staff writer at Fusion with Real Future.
Flavie Halais works as a freelancer in the journalism, film/television and new media industries in Montreal.
Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on business creativity and has lived in Asia since 2005, Singapore since 2008. His work The Idea Book has been included in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.
Gabriella Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University.
Georgina Voss researches, teaches and writes about the social side of technology practices. Her research interests include legitimacy and reputation; user-led design and innovation; business and technological ethics; and sexuality and gender. Georgina is currently a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Arts, Brighton University.
Gillian Terzis is a technology and culture writer in Melbourne. She is an editor at The Lifted Brow and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Saturday Paper, Monocle, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and New Philosopher.
Ian Fitzpatrick heads the Global Digital team at New Balance.
JP Rangaswami is an economist, financial journalist, technology innovator, blogger and occasional speaker. Specialized in the field of developmental economics, Rangaswami is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts as well as the British Computer Society and serves as chairman of The School of Everything.
Jay Cousins is co-founder of the Open Design City at betahaus Berlin and focuses on social technology, human interaction, technology trends, product hacking, open everything, disrupting technologies and systems in his work. Over the last 3 years he has experimented with autonomous processes and methods of collaboration without consensus.
Jennifer Lynn Bisson is a professionally trained artist, published writer and creative-thinker currently based in Montréal. Her writing style is elegant, sincere and clever which served her well as the managing editor and silver tongue of The Alpine Review from 2012 to 2013.
John Di Palma drives the development of more human-centred teams, processes, and services. His career has included corporate, consultative, academic, and entrepreneurial experience in the organizational integration of design principles and practice. He is co-author of Parachutes (an Alpine Review project), co-founder of buckslip.email, and currently leading Digital Operations at MICHEL’S BESPOKE, a luxury clothier in Toronto.
John Hovey is a writer, rock climber, and mountaineer based in Barcelona. He guides for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and also teaches for the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, both headquartered in rural Wyoming. He can be reached at john_hovey@nols.edu.
Jon Kolko is Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator in Austin, Texas. Jon is also the Founder and Director of Austin Center for Design, an educational institution teaching interaction design and social entrepreneurship.
Josephine Rowe is the author of two short story collections and a new novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between. Her forthcoming book is about Jewish women who fought in the resistance against the Nazis.
Kati Krause is an editor, writer and serial magazine-maker in Berlin, where she also runs Dailymotion Germany and organises the independent magazine symposium Tinta de la Casa.
Kingston Trinder is a writer from New Zealand. He is presently laboring on a second, nonfiction book, Lickety Split.
Kyle Fraser (PhD Cambridge) is an authority on the esoteric traditions of late antiquity. He is an Associate Professor at the University of King's College (Halifax), where he teaches courses on the history of magic and alchemy, from antiquity to post-modernity.
Marie-Eve Bélanger is a Toronto-based service design consultant helping companies optimize, manage and generally make sense of their complex service ecosystems. She’s also a really big air travel nerd.
Martin Spindler is a freelance strategy consultant focussing on the IoT (Internet of Things) and Smart Energy.
Mathew Ingram is the chief digital writer at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York. Prior to that he was a senior writer at Fortune magazine, where he wrote about the evolution of media and the social Web, and before that he was a senior writer at Gigaom, at the time one of the leading technology blog networks in the United States. He writes about the evolution of media and content and all that involves.
Michelle Lhooq is a New York-based art and culture writer whose words have appeared in VICE, Interview, Hyperallergic, and Artinfo. Tell her why she's wrong (but feels so right).
Michelle Thorne is the Global Event Strategist for Mozilla, aiming to grow communities around open web projects through live events. For several years she was the International Project Manager at Creative Commons, coordinating over seventy countries (jurisdictions) worldwide to localize Creative Commons tools and to promote legal sharing and Free Culture.
Nick Foster, aka ‘Fosta,’ is a post-discipline designer with specialisms. He has over 15 years experience in the design industry as an engineer, industrial designer and futurist for companies such as Dyson, Seymourpowell and Sony. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London and currently lives in San Francisco, where he is Creative Lead for Nokia’s Advanced Design team. He is also a partner at the Near Future Laboratory, pioneering work in the field of Design Fiction. Nick Foster is a post-discipline designer with specialisms. He has over fourteen years design experience, much of which has involved defining future technology visions, fictions and frictions. He is Principal Designer for Nokia’s Advanced Design studio in Sunnyvale and a Research Associate at the Near Future Laboratory. He is an illustrator, music and film maker and founded the Designers Camera Club.
Parker Higgins is a free culture and free software enthusiast working as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. He is a graduate of NYU Gallatin, where he concentrated in Creativity, Freedom of Speech and Intellectual Property.
Paul Bennett is a designer and serves as IDEO’s Chief Creative Officer. As a partner, Paul works with clients and colleagues to bring to market human-centric, commercially successful and socially significant new businesses, products, services and experiences.
Peter Bihr is Editor-at-large, Europe, for The Alpine Review. He founded Third Wave, a Berlin-based digital consultancy, and organizes and curates events like Cognitive Cities Conference, atoms&bits Festival, Ignite Berlin and TEDx Kreuzberg.
Ravi Mattu is the editor of Business Life, the management section of the Financial Times. He is a former editor of Special Reports, Mastering Management and a commissioning editor on the Financial Times Magazine.
Rich Radka is partner at Claro Partners, a business innovation and service design consultancy based in Barcelona.
Richard Martz practiced real estate, corporate law and consulted for a non-profit community organization prior to becoming vice-president of LiveWorkLearnPlay, an international real-estate advisory and development firm focused on planning, developing and implementing dynamic mixed-use real estate projects.
Rob Gorski is a New York City-based physician, environmentalist and co-founder of the Rabbit Island Residency.
Robert Rowland Smith is a writer, philosopher and business consultant based in London. He is the author of Breakfast with Socrates—a Kindle No. 1 Bestseller—which applies philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature to everyday life. His latest book, ‘On Modern Poetry: From Theory to Total Criticism’ came out in July 2012. Robert also has a column on everyday dilemmas in the Sunday Times Magazine.
Robert Skoro is a musician-turned-anthropologist-turned-strategist living in Minneapolis, where far more unlikely combinations tend to work out. He currently works with the good people of Zeus Jones.
Rosie Jackson is an artist and arts & culture writer based in London. She has contributed to Time Out, Design Bureau and UK publications Tremors and The Journal of Wild Culture. She was recently commissioned by the Secret Arts Foundation to produce a large-scale architectural installation crafted from a single piece of rope.
Ruby J Murray is a peripatetic Australian writer and journalist based in San Francisco, California. She is the author of Running Dogs (Scribe).
Simone Cicero is a blogger, strategist and social hacker researching the open and cooperative alternatives in product design, business development and value creation. Simone also runs workshops, co-creative events and gives talks about how to deal with change and adapt strategies to revolutions.
Tanya Davis is a writer, musician, and performer from Nova Scotia. She has four albums and two books of poetry, including the popular collaboration How to be Alone.
Tod Martin is president and chief executive of Unboundary, an ‘intentionally small’ Atlanta-based strategy and design firm that works from the inside out, helping clients like Coca-Cola, IBM, FedEx and Schwab define their purpose and find significance.
Tomas Hachard has written for NPR, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, and The Guardian, among other publications. He lives in Toronto.
GUESTS
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Alice Sherwood is part of a non-partisan think tank at King’s College London called King’s Policy Institute, that focuses on creating a bridge between policy-makers, the business community and academia. She is also a Trustee at The London Library and author of The Allergy-Free Cookbook.
Anab Jain is a designer with a passion for creating opportunities and building tools that can lead the world towards new and desirable futures. She is the founder of Superflux, a collaborative design practice that works at the intersection of emerging technologies and everyday life.
Andreana Drencheva is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield.
Andrew Ranville is a Michigan-born, London-based, ecologically-conscious artist and the co-founder of the Rabbit Island Residency.
Andy Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures
Anthony Clifford Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over 30 books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror and To Set Prometheus Free.
Barry Lopez (1945-2020) was an American author, essayist, nature writer, and fiction writer whose work is known for its humanitarian and environmental concerns. In a career spanning over 50 years, he visited over 80 countries, and wrote extensively about distant and exotic landscapes including the Arctic wilderness, exploring the relationship between human cultures and nature.
On the road living in his camper since 2013, Benoit Paille is an atypic artist, conscience agitator, creative genius, monstrously curious, absent and edgy. Soon in his life he became surrounded by second-hand smoke and Nicorette patches, which helped him to develop his artistic taste. Stoned on Ritalin for most of his crucial years, he undertook a bio-medical career until he fell into the downfall of photography. Self taught, he still became recognized rapidly in the field which brought him to exhibit his work around the world, but only when people ask for and not the inverse. On the counterpart, his many travels deprived him of any sustainable psychological follow-up which led him into regular crisis.
Brian Clark is the Senior Director of Marketing Strategy at the Rhode Island School of Design Media Group.
Bruce Sterling is a writer and futurist—Beyond the Beyond is his blog.
Caitlin Winner is reading and writing, sometimes painting. I co-founded a company called Amen: an app for creating, sharing and discovering the best of everything.
Caroline Drucker is the head of Etsy Germany and has survived a decade of Berlin's manic regeneration."Anyone who tells you it was better before hasn't been here long enough or doesn't realize that this city is never what it was and will never be what it should."
Chris Fussell is a former Navy SEAL officer and the chief business development officer at the McChrystal Group in Washington, DC
Col. Casey Haskins is a former Chief of Strategic Plans for the Multi-National Force – Iraq, and the Director of Military Instruction at West Point
David Hieatt co-founded Howies, Hiut Denim, The Do Lectures and wrote ‘The Do Book’. His overarching brand values resonate with those seeking to increase their mark on the world and decrease their footprint on the planet.
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Ph.D., is professor of labour economics, innovation and human resources management at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada).
Dr. Gary Slutkin is a visionary leader in epidemiology, his perspective on—and methods treating—violence as an infectious disease has not only been getting attention, but impressive results. He serves as a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and as senior advisor to the World Health Organization while remaining the Executive Director of CeaseFire (now CureViolence).
Edial Dekker is Co-founder and CEO of Gidsy, “a place where anyone in the world can find something to do.”
Erik Pelletier is the Chief Digital Officer at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, and an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace.
Helge Tennø is a Norwegian consultant who helps companies better understand their customers.
Henrik Berggen is a tech-music-biz-nerd that loves the web. He is the co-founder and CEO of Readmill, a social layer for ebook readers that lets you share and discover new and better books using your social graph.
Hugh McGuire has been experimenting with new models of books and the web for a decade. He is the founder of LibriVox.org and Pressbooks.com.
Igor Schwarzmann runs Third Wave, a small consultancy in Berlin that focuses on digital strategy and organizational design.
Ilona Gaynor is an artist, writer and film-maker. She is also director and founder of research studio, The Department of No and teaches digital and media students ‘how to tell better stories’ at Rhode Island School of Design.
Jacques Pépin is an internationally recognized chef, award-winning television personality and bestselling author of an array of cookbooks. He serves as dean of Special Programs at The International Culinary Center, in NYC; is an active contributor to the Gastronomy department at Boston University; and writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine.
I have been painting aerial views since 1986. The first ski map was in 1988, and since then I've created over 350 different views for resorts, tourist bureaus, golf communities and outdoor sports related entities. My clients are all over the world from the US to Canada, China, Australia, Chile, Japan, Korea, Scotland, New Zealand and Serbia. Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. In many instances, distortions are necessary to bring everything into a single view. The trick is to do this without the viewer realizing that anything has been altered from the actual perspective.
Jay Owens is a writer and researcher based in London, UK. She writes for the Guardian on ‘Big Tech’ and its impacts on our contemporary world – and regularly appears as an expert commentator on media & technology for news and radio (e.g. New York Times, VICE, Wired).
Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Salatin's 550-acre farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and the documentary films Food Inc. (2008) and FRESH (2009).
John Willshire is the founder of the strategic design firm Smithery.
Joichi "Joi" Ito is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, writer, and scholar focusing on the transformation of society and technology. He works to respond to complex challenges such as our democracy and governance, climate change and redesigning systems of scholarship and science.
Jon Husband researches the future of work and organizations.
Laura Whipple is President of Pinball Publishing, a creative publishing company located in Portland, Oregon. They are fueled by a love for print, collaboration, and the manufacture of meaningful things. Pinball powers a growing web of interconnected projects, including Scout Books, Bangback and Print Pinball.
Leo Johnson is a partner in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd co-author of Turnaround Challenge:The New Role of Business in Delivering Sustainable Growth, is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School, Oxford and presenter on BBC’s World's One Square Mile.
Marguerite Joly is the co-coordinator for Hybrid Plattform, a transdisciplinary project-laboratory and network for boundary pushers and lateral thinkers, based in Berlin.
Mark Raheja is co-founder of the Brooklyn-based company August.
Martin Spindler is a freelance strategy consultant focussing on the Internet of Things and Smart Energy.
Martine Rothblatt is an American lawyer, author, entrepreneur, and transgender rights advocate. She is the founder and chairwoman of the board of United Therapeutics. She was also the CEO of GeoStar and the creator of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Morgwn Rimel has designed retail products, published books, made films, produced television, run festivals and formed innovative partnerships with some of the world's top brands. She became Director at The School of Life in 2009.
Neil Perkin is an author and founder of Only Dead Fish, a digital consultancy that specialises in applying strategic understanding of digital and emerging technologies to help businesses innovate, become more agile, and optimise their effectiveness within the new, networked communications environment.
Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Among his groundbreaking books are “Syntactic Structures”, “Language and Mind,” “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax,” and “The Minimalist Program,” each of which has made distinct contributions to the development of the field. He has received numerous awards, including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science (first part of what is a long bio, via https://linguistics.arizona.edu/)
Peter Buchanan-Smith is a New York–based designer, author, and entrepreneur whose career has included art direction of the New York Times; creative direction for Paper magazine; and work for fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, musical legends David Byrne, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and the band Wilco. He founded Best Made Co. in 2009.
Peter Hanlon is Deputy Director of Programs at GRACE Communications Foundation, with a focus on the food, water, and energy nexus.
Rebecca Plante is a professor of sociology at Ithaca College
Ronald Howard is a professor in the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering) in the School of Engineering at Stanford University.
Sam Guelimi founded Edwarda in 2010 and recently released issue no. 8, Le Chiffre 5.
Stephanie Chase is the Director of the Hillsboro, Oregon public library system.
Stephen Joseph is a Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care for the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. Specializing in traumatic stress, psychotherapy and positive psychological functioning, he is also co-director of The Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Thomas Andrae is a Berlin-based venture capitalist, art collector, curator, founder and managing partner at Linden Capital GmbH.
Todd Barket is Co-Founder of Unionmade in San Francisco, a classic-casual mens apparel store. They have a second outpost at the historic Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica, California, and a third in the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur, California. unionmadegoods.com
VISUAL CONTRIBUTORS
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Aaron Smith attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now an associate chair. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and in group shows at galleries and museums nationwide including Laguna Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and Museum of South Texas. He was the first artist in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Smith currently resides in Silver Lake, California with his husband Tom and their dogs Flora, Miles and El Capitan.
Agora is a network that creatively facilitates the exchange, development and encounter of ideas, skills and resources amongst people and projects.
Czech painter and illustrator - born 1955 Šumperk (Czech Republic), lives in Prague. Works with traditional tools (painting, drawing, collages, mixed media).
Alfred T. Palmer (1906–1993) was a photographer who is best known for his photographs depicting Americana during World War II, as he became an Office of War Information photographer from 1942 until 1943.
Alpha Smoot is an independent NYC-based photographer and director.
Anders SCRMN Meisner (b. 1981) is a Danish artist, currently living and working in his hometown Copenhagen after residing throughout the last decade in various European countries. SCRMN communicates mainly through high-scaled chromatic paintings, meticulous pen drawings and layered collages. The language he has created reflects his way of exploration: Collages and drawings carry him through a journey of images, feelings and ideas that lead to the end product.
Armando Veve (b. 1989) is an illustrator working in Philadelphia. His drawings have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Spectrum, and the Society of Illustrators in NY. He was named an ADC Young Gun by The One Club for Creativity and selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Arthur Bondar, born in Ukraine in 1983, is a freelance photographer working on his own documentary and art projects. He studied Documentary Photography and Human Rights at New York University. Arthur was given the National Geographic Grant (2011), the Magnum Emergency Fund (2012) and the Documentary Project Fund (2013), and was named Photographer of the Year in Ukraine (2013). His projects have been widely exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings in different museums and art institutions worldwide.
Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with a particular interest in photography, and co-founder of KesselsKramer, an advertising agency in Amsterdam.
theSLANT, was a fun and topical periodical broadsheet maintaining the ticklish balance between levity and gravity. Created by the late Mac Folks and Rich King.