is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together, and Rel8, a project to crowdsource a shared memory to serve that same purpose. He is also an expert on trust. Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom, and as Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s newsletter Release 1.0.
has edited the Modern Love column in the New York Times since it began in 2004 and now manages the global franchise it has become: 2 weekly columns, 3 books (“Modern Love,” “Love Illuminated,” and “Tiny Love Stories”), a weekly podcast with more than 150 million downloads, and the “Modern Love” streaming series on Amazon Prime Video, on which he serves as co-producer.
is a neuroscientist, author, and a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press). He was Conference Chair for the 16th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and was an ASSC ‘member at large’ for years. His latest book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, was nominated as a bestseller in multiple relevant international medias.
is a French urban strategist, founder of The Street Society, with international experience in creative industrial reconversion and urban innovation. Her focus is on implementing urban projects, including trend forecasting, spatial activations, industrial reconversions, public space upgrades, urban research, and public art curation. Alice is the author of “Back to the Streets” and contributor to the Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities. She is one of the 40 Parisian women featured in the book The New Parisienne and part of the “12 People to watch in 2022”.
is a tech visionary, currently Co-founder & CEO of the Elrond Network. Elrond is a new blockchain architecture designed from scratch to be an internet-scale blockchain, bringing a 1000-fold improvement in throughput, execution speed, and transaction cost.
is an italian artist born in 1986 in Modena. His aesthetic research spans different media but focuses on muralism and public art. He taught Drawing and Illustration at the Polimoda of Florence, collaborated with international brands and publishing company and painted in public contexts in numerous European and non-European countries. He currently lives and works in Milan.
is made up of the founding members of Taraf de Haïdouks, bringing together legends of gypsy music such as violinist Gheorghe ‘Caliu’ Anghel, accordionist Marius Manole and cimbalom player Ionica Tanase. The last generation of lăutari, these Romani musicians share incredible gypsy folk music distilled over several centuries.
is a visual communications artist born in Jerusalem. “Studio Roni Levit” specializes in information design, examining the limits of objective and subjective facts while also attempting to measure concepts that lay beyond quantification. Levit’s studio produces visual storytelling for Israel’s major newspapers, information design for NGOs, and data visualization for reports for private and governmental agencies. She also produces data-oriented artworks to be displayed in exhibitions and art events.
is formed by pianist Nicoletta Favari (IT) and percussionist Christopher Salvito (US/IT). Drawing from a carefully selected palette of electro-acoustic textures and intricate rhythms, Passepartout Duo’s work investigates how we listen to and connect with sound, our relationship with so-called obsolete technologies, and our perception of the real world. The group’s work centers on a specialized and evolving ecosystem of handmade musical integrating electronic circuits, percussion, and found-objects. The group has been on a nearly continuous world tour ever since 2015, and their experiences traveling have heavily influenced their unconventional, creative process.
is a Nigerian-born singer, and songwriter based in Bucharest. He discovered his talent and passion for music in the 5th edition of “The Voice” of Romania. Forbes Romania listed him as one of the most influential young persons in the country under 30 in 2016. Tobi is an indie pop artist who has extended his reach to electronic dance music by collaborating with many Romanian-based Dj’s and electronic music producers.
is a Japanese-born artist living in NYC who creates conceptual installations, photographs, and films that investigate the transience of nature and human life using geopolitics. He endeavors to rediscover the questions of existence and culture by intertwining poetry, science, history, and philosophy. His works have been shown extensively around the world. In 2020, Ono participated in an international art payload, Sojourner 2020, organized by MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and delivered 3 artworks to the International Space Station in Low-Earth Orbit.
is a pioneer in the field of Food and Design, which has now become a global movement, and her work is on display all over the world, from Tokyo to NYC. Marije began her journey with food & design at Design Academy Eindhoven and I opened her eating-design studio in addition to creating food-related experiences. Her studio includes two experimental restaurants, both named PROEF, meaning “to experiment”.
started his study and practice of Chadō in the Urasenke tradition in Japan, 44 years ago. His tea name (茶名 or chamei) is 宗賀 / Sōga. He is certified as 準教授 (Junkyōju) – senior first-degree instructor – the highest level of certification for individuals who teach this tradition and practice outside Japan. Gabriel 宗賀(Sōga) Căciulă is currently the president of the Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai România – Luminiș Association. The Association represents the Romanian local chapter for Urasenke (裏千家), one of the main schools or traditions of Chadō – the Japanese Way of Tea.
is a creative and strategic thought-partner from London currently based in Brooklyn. She has been fortunate enough to have spent 10+ years developing and leading people-centered projects that reimagine our futures. Tamika is also co-founder and creative director of Plantain Papers, an annual print journal stocked at Moma PS1, Somerset House and The Underground Museum. She guest lectures at the University of the Arts, and Parson’s School of Design. She creates and curates www.dial-an-ancestor.com.
has been writing and thinking about culture since 2003, when he was senior writer for Details at Conde Nast in NYC. His stories have taken him everywhere from The Congo to backstage with Ozzy Osbourne. He has been head of strategic planning at Anomaly and Chief Strategy Officer at The Barbarian Group, a digital creative agency. Ian also DJs under the name REFRAKT, which layers sounds and melodies into a hypnotic mixture of dark disco, melodic techno, and world beats, transporting the listener through modulations and feedback loops.
is a dance performer also known as “Bboy Issue” from South Korea. Bringing breaking with martial arts, contemporary dance, Korean dance, urban dance, and street dance mixed in an experimental style. Issue is part of Kaori Ito and combines a high level of technical and creative skills with a strong emotional presence.
is a French dance performer from Kaori Ito nourished by Eastern thoughts such as that of Krishnamurti. Louis questions the modes of artistic and human production through sensitive and non-hierarchical interactions with all the protagonists of each project.
is a Swiss artist and graphic designer who also initiated the Willisau Jazz Festival in 1975. His graphic works, particularly concert posters, record covers, and book covers, won him several relevant international awards and are represented in the most renowned design collections worldwide. Troxler‘s recent activities include live performances with tape, and live performances with improvising musicians.
Neaga & Cristian Borcan
are a couple of Romanian musicians. Alexandra Neaga is a bassoon-contrabassoon player, currently part of the bassoon section of the George Enescu Philharmonic and Cristian Borcan is a solo horn player in the National Radio Orchestra and horn teacher at the National University of Music Bucharest, besides being a member of the Duende wind quintet and the Hornet horn quartet.
is a qualified Mindfulness Teacher, teaching mindfulness-based programs like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or Mindfulness for Life. Simona also works as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist in her private office in Bucharest, accompanying individuals and couples on their journeys towards a better health, wellbeing, and balance.
is a Yoga teacher, Ayurveda practitioner and organisational wellbeing consultant. Avi is founder of Prakriti Shool of Yoga, through which he offers Yoga, Ayurveda and psychology based wellbeing classes/workshops/ retreats across Romania and Europe. He aspires to share the healing power of traditional Indian Yoga with everybody.
is an Alchemist Yogi, Sound Healer Gong Master and Sat Nam Rasayan Practitioner that launched Pawan World. Ana brings the ancient wisdom of Kundalini teachings that she intertwines with elements of Hatha Yoga, Breath Work and Meditation and with the healing power of Sound therapy. She also has a background in acting, and has been teaching people how to tap into awaken the desire to embody their fullest potential.
is a musician, artist, and multimedia developer based in São Paulo. Leston‘s practice strains the tensions between art and technology, sound and visualization. Besides his artistic practice, he develops interactive, generative, and immersive projects for other artists, events, and institutions. Founding member of Bloco, a studio now focused on music and technology, and the Creative Director of Juntxs, Estudio Guto Requena‘s lab.
is currently a data scientist and a machine learning engineer. Her professional experience spans multiple research labs: Microsoft Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and Osaka University, among others. Currently, she is passionate about learning how to build data products at scale.
is the Founder & General Manager at Microgreens Romania, which is pioneering vertical farming from Romania to CEE. With outstanding awards such as EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Forbes 30Under30, Cristian and his team are currently going over the last details before the grand opening of the largest Vertical Farm in Europe, based near Ploiesti.
is an award-winning reporter who has written extensively about ideas, books, and the arts. Patricia worked as an investigative reporter in the Culture Department, won the international Prix Annette Giacometti for a series of articles she wrote on art forgery, and is a recent winner of the Nathaniel Nash Award for excellence in business and economics journalism. She covers the national economy for The NYT and is the author of “In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age” (Scribner).
is a Strategic Foresight consultant and founder of Future Station, a strategic foresight consultancy agency that helps organizations to understand changes, spot new trends, spark innovation and prepare for the future. In addition to the work as a consultant, Diana undertakes various research projects and is a part of various think tank groups on Future and Transformation topics.
is a writer and MA in Applied Philosophy. Mane is the author of the book ‘The Radical Singularity’ and a philosophy professor at diverse institutes in Latin America. Today, she aims to rethink Humanism in the post-human era so that the future does not design humans, but that we design a more humane future.
is a Romanian film and theater actress who graduated from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts London and the National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography Bucharest. She has played central roles in two Romanian movies which premiered in the last two years that were presented at international film festivals worldwide. She is also a full-time collaborator of the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest, where she plays in many shows.
& SONIA POUSSIN
are explorers and authors who spent 3 years walking the length of the African continent, nearly 14,000 km, with no support, other than from the hands of strangers. Most recently, Alexandre and Sonia Poussin‘s family completed a 5,000-kilometer oxcart ride around Madagascar, visiting sanctuaries for the island’s unique biodiversity that are off the beaten path. Their books and films have been claimed as protests in travel writing.
is a Romanian actor and singer known for his leading role in “Comrade Detective” Amazon Prime TV Series, “The Crucifixion”, “The Silent Valley” (HBO), as a tv show host for 2018’s season of “Visuri la cheie” the romanian version of “Extreme Makeover-Home Edition”, as a voiceover in various TV commercials, audiobooks and as a member of MA RA MU band.
is a Brazilian-born based in Germany who has always had a passion for expressing himself through music. Composing and writing from an early age, he has turned his Brazilian heritage and appreciation for funky tunes into a release sequence of free-flowing vibes with surprising genre twists and catchy choruses. MACUL is the melting pot of his influences, being compared to Bon Iver, Prince, and Michael Jackson from the tones in his voice.
is co-founder of Readocracy, the first “information wellness” platform on a mission to create a future where how we feed our minds matters just as much as how we feed our bodies. For the future of work, media, education, and society. Mario is a robotics engineer turned designer, digital strategist, and obsessed with media ecology.
is a Romanian pianist (solo, chamber and symphonic music) who won many international and national piano awards and is proud to be the pianist for “Mamma Mia”, “My Fair Lady” and “School of Rock” musicals.
is a conceptual artist who splits her time between her own performance-based and geography-focused practice and other collaborative projects like UNFINISHED. Capucine has completed residencies around the world, had her first major gallery exhibitions in New York City in 2017 at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, and her first museum solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah in 2019.
mixes his passion for music and social phenomenon to connect, activate, and educate on community, organizational culture, values, and engagement. His education, a mixed cultural heritage (Colombian-Lithuanian), and a professional background allow him to transcend formats, connect with different audiences, explore and play. Over the past 7 years, he’s led 500+ sessions promoting human skills, emotional awareness, and community culture.
& SAULO ROSTON
are awarded musicians and composers from São Paulo who play together as a duo and independently who mix traditional Brazilian music with modern rhythms, keeping every single live being dancing non-stop around them when they start to sing. The sister and brother, Sarah & Saulo Roston, have their music featured in films and TV shows around the world.
With nearly two decades of experience bringing people together, Costin Gache has nailed down the recipe for crafting authentic, unexpected and meaningful collective moments. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally – as winner of Diageo Reserve World Class, and leads the vibrant community gathered around his neverstoping entrepreneurial projects, from Interbelic to Nostalgia Retro parties.
is a wine critic, author, and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger’s International Spirits Awards. In Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy is a professor at the Italian Chef Academy. Representing Foss Marai as Brand Manager and Vinars Brâncoveanu as Global Brand Ambassador, recently Marinela became the wine consultant for one of the largest modern retailers in Romania, Carrefour.
is an experience designer creating contexts that open space for chance and the unexpected. After working at the Design Week in Milan, the Art Biennale in Venice, and being the Global Head of Experience at Mesa for years, Isabella has been creating experiences and interventions to connect people and communities in a more expansive and yet intimate way with Love Is In The Cloud. She is also the program co-curator of UNFINISHED.
is one of the lead influencers of the Romanian construction industry, as he is both an experienced structural engineer – specialized in wooden structures, passive house design, sustainable constructions – and a very active vlogger. Marius also teaches carpentry workshops with architecture students and certified Passive House Designer courses as well as Wooden Structures and Energy Efficiency Conformation courses for architects.
is the founder of Amsterdam-based fashion label Zazi Vintage, a social and environmental activist in the sustainability movement and a consultant for both the UN and global businesses aiming to facilitate a new narrative.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeanne had to postpone her travels. We’re sorry to disappoint but count on her next year!
BY ZHUOXI SONG
is a new media artist living and working in New York. Song observes and studies parameters in the living environment. His projects focus on computer visions and physical computing. Song received his M.P.S. from Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.
is a Romanian architect who translates architecture as a way of better understanding life and the society we live in. Founding member of SYAA, Cumulus Architecture and De-a Arhitectura Society. Eliza was, 2 years in a row, winner at the Bucharest Architecture Annual and other awards.
is a writer and a storytelling trainer for adults and children. Main host of the RSS Reloaded podcast show. Author of 22 books (poetry, short prose, novel, children’s literature). He received the Hubert Burda Award for young poets from Eastern Europe, and the 1+1+1=1 Trinity / Literature Award.
is an architect who works at Yellow Office, a small architecture and design studio. In Irina’s spare time, she writes short stories. Some of them were published in several magazines and anthologies.