Dirk is a social futurist, helping to imagine and implement social systems that better humanity. His research on the human condition has taken him around the world, from North Korea to Nepal, and from an anti-immigration parade in Germany to meeting with a community leader in Ferguson, Missouri. Previously a design entrepreneur, he created successful technology companies in Silicon Valley, Boston, and his native Ohio.
Jon is a writer, musician, and emerging tech researcher who is a principal at GoInvo, a design practice dedicated to innovation in healthcare. His published books include science fiction novel "Marvin and the Moths" with Scholastic and "Designing for Emerging Technologies" with O’Reilly. He produces electronic dance music under the name Jonny Fallout.
Cynthia LaraArt Director
Cynthia is a creative and entrepreneur who is a principal of Fenrir Studio, a Cancun, Mexico-based agency that offers design, marketing, and social media services. She is a trained designer and illustrator whose work, in addition for studio clients, is used in various applications such as games.
Michael HermesAudio Engineer
Michael is an audio engineer and composer and has engineered podcasts for over a decade including for the Idle Thumbs Network. He produces soundscapes and atmospheres under the name Hermbot; his latest album is Moonbase Alpha.
Elsie EscobarExecutive Producer
Elsie is a ten year plus veteran in the podcasting industry and inductee to the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. Since 2007 she has worked for Libsyn, the leading podcast host and distribution network, where today she is their Community Manager and produces The Feed: The Official Libsyn podcast. She also co-runs She Podcasts, the largest women only Facebook group for podcasters and its podcast. She consults with podcasts of all sizes on strategy and development.