Giles Hutchins is a pioneering practitioner and senior adviser at the fore-front of the [r]evolution in organizational and leadership consciousness and developmental approaches that enhance personal, organizational and systemic agility and vitality. He is author and co-author of several leadership and organizational development papers, and the books The Nature of Business (2012), The Illusion of Separation (2014), Future Fit (2016) and Regenerative Leadership (2019). Chair of The Future Fit Leadership Academy and Founder of Leadership Immersions, co-founder of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation and Regenerators, he runs a 60 acre leadership centre at Springwood Farm, an area of outstanding natural beauty near London, UK. Previously held corporate roles - Head of Practice for KPMG, and Global Head of Sustainability for Atos (150,000 employees, over 40 countries). He provides coaching at individual and organisational levels for those seeking to transform their personal and/or work lives. He is also a keynote speaker on the future of business.
Rolando Vázquez is Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt and Cluster Chair at the University College Utrecht, both at the University of Utrecht. He is author of "Vistas of Modernity: Decolonial aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary" (Mondriaan Fund 2020). Together with Walter Mignolo he founded and co-directs since 2010 the annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School now located at the Van Abbemuseum for the last eleven Years. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016 under the direction of Gloria Wekker. Through his work he seeks to decolonize cultural and educational institutions beyond the dominant frameworks of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and coloniality. His research on the question of precedence and relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonize knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity.
Shinohara Masatake was born in 1975 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Currently, he is associate professor at Kyoto University, with a primary focus on contemporary philosophy, environmental humanities, architecture, and art. In 2016, he served as co-curator of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Born in Kanagawa, 1989. Lives and works between Tokyo and Berlin. Nile Koetting is known for his installation with a diverse range of media to include video, performance, and sound. His projects explore a new perception of interchange between material – immaterial, living – nonliving beings in a landscape of technological time and space. Koetting’s work has been exhibited internationally such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, Shanghai (2019); Kunstverein Göttingen (2019); Somerset House, London (2018); 7th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2017); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2017); Fondation Hermès, Maison Hermès, Tokyo (2016); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin (2016).
Masatoshi Funabashi, PhD.Founder & President, Synecoculture AssociationResearcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. （Sony CSLHaving studied biology and mathematical science to master's level at the University of Tokyo, Masatoshi Funabashi went on to obtain a PhD in Physics at the École polytechnique in Paris. He is a licensed veterinarian. Since 2010 he has been at Sony CSL researching a field that sits at the intersection of sustainability, health and the natural world. He advocates “Synecoculture™,” a method of open-field agriculture that mutually enhances biodiversity and productivity based on the multi-functionality of ecosystems. His main initiative has been a pilot project for the proof of concept in Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also founded the Synecoculture Association in 2018 and is now extending the boundaries of Synecoculture to ”Augmented Ecosystems” for the sustainability of both human society and Anthropocene ecosystems.
Born in 1946, at Daishobo Inn in Dewa Sanzan, Haguro-area Yamagata, Japan. In 1971 he succeeded as the 13th generation of Daishobo Inn. In 2007, he served as the Matsu no Hijiri of the Fuyu no Mine ascetic practices, the highest training of Dewa Sanzan. He is a director of the Dewa Sanzan Shrine Board and a director of the NPO Koueki no Furusato Tsukuri Tsuruoka. He has led more than 1,000 practitioners and has been pursuing the revival of Yamabushi (Mountain Priest) throughout Japan. He also interacts with people overseas. In order to make the most of the wisdom of the mountain priests, he has been giving talks on how to live called "Haguro Yamabushi's street preaching" throughout Japan.He is the author of "Live as You Feel" and "The Answer is in Your Feelings".
Takashi Iba is a Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management and the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University. He received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University. He is the president of CreativeShift Lab Inc., which provides materials for utilizing pattern languages and services to support creating new pattern languages. Alongside, he is a board member of The Hillside Group, which promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages and also sponsors several conferences and publications on pattern languages, and a board member of MITSUKARU+WAKARU, a general incorporated association for generative learning in everyday life.
Dr. Iba focuses on creation and proposed Creative Systems Theory and the Principles of Deep Creation, based on autopoietic systems theory, phenomenology, pragmatism, and Eastern philosophy. He envisions “Creative Society” as the next society after the current Information Society, and contributes to practical research that supports “Natural and Creative Living,” where each person exhibits creativity on a daily basis.
Born by the Lake Biwa (otsu, Shiga Pref.)in 1943. Emeritus professor of Kyoto University.
He has studied the early life history of fishes for 40 years, finding the early phase of juveniles aggregate near-shore coastal areas. He also recognized the boundary areas are enriched by terrestrial forest ecosystems as well as highly vulnerable to human activities. Based on these backgrounds he proposed a newly integrated studies on the linkage among forest, sato (human habitation) and sea which covers from the headwater to the ocean called as “H to O Studies”.
After the massive earthquake and tsunami which occurred on 11 March 2011 along the coast of northern Pacific Ocean of Japan he organized a volunteer research team and has conducted comprehensive researches on the effect of the earthquake and tsunami on coastal marine ecosystem in order to restore local communities under collaboration of H to O Studies and NPO movement catch-copied by“The sea is longing for the forest”
Tomoko Sauvage is a Japanese musician and artist who is best known for her long-time sound experimentations on her unique instrument using water, ceramics and subaquatic microphones. Her research is grounded on live-performance-based practice incorporating elementary and unstable materials, ritualistic yet playful gestures, the improvisation with environments and the use of chance as a compositional method. Sauvage’s performances have been presented internationally including Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, V&A Museum (London), Roskilde Festival, Centre Pompidou Metz and Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda). Her installation piece has recently been exhibited at Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris). Her third solo album Fischgeist was recorded in a water tank in Berlin and published by bohemian drips in 2020. She lives and works in Paris since 2003. https://o-o-o-o.org
Lukas Ley is a social anthropologist teaching at the Institute of Anthropology, Heidelberg University. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2017. He is a member of the DFG funded research network ‘Infrastructure and the remaking of Asia through adapting, orchestrating and cooperating.' He also works as assistant editor for Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. In 2019, he co-founded urban anthropology networks within the European Association of Social Anthropologists and the German Association for Social and Cultural Anthropology. His current research is broadly concerned with urban marginalization, temporality, and the material environment within post-colonial urban landscapes. His first monograph entitled “Building on Borrowed Time” (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press) considers the temporalities of tidal flooding in Semarang, Indonesia, and will appear in 2020.
With an interest in how the universe was born, Kosuke studied elementary particle physics in college. Since 2018, he starts a career as a poet and artist. He produces poetic artworks with innovative expressions such as “Fureru Uta,” “Chikyu, Kono Kodokuna Seimei Exhibit,” and “Kodou Tokei” with time as its theme and starts his project “pray with kodou.” A common theme of his works is awe of life. The audience becomes a part of the art in his works. https://instagram.com/kosuke.matsushima/