IDG
Summit
2024


The
Voices

16–18 October
Stockholm, Sweden
& Online

2024 SUMMIT LINEUP

Awaiting you at this year’s Summit is a diverse and talented lineup of speakers, artists and facilitators ready to inspire and guide you on your journey of inner development for global impact.

From renowned thought leaders to visionary artists and ideas whose time has finally come, our collective of voices promises to ignite your passion and empower you to create positive change.

From household names in business, leadership, and sustainability to emerging voices with encouraging stories and ideas, our diverse speakers are not just ahead of the curve – they are actively shaping it.

Get ready to be inspired by their insights, challenged by their perspectives, and empowered to embark on your own journey as we explore the intersection and space in between inner development and global impact.

Our Storytellers

"Integration is not the same as blending. Integration requires that we maintain elements of our differentiated selves while also promoting our linkage."

Daniel J. Siegel M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry at The UCLA School of Medicine

 

A world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and multifaceted expert in human growth and flourishing, blending neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness into a comprehensive approach to inner development.

With a background in psychiatry and paediatrics, Dr. Siegel explores the impact of relationships on mental and emotional development from infancy through adulthood.

As ED of the Mindsight Institute and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, he focuses on understanding how our inner experiences shape our lives. 

Expect transformative insights and practices for navigating our inner worlds, creating pathways to greater self-discovery and fulfilment.

“We cannot learn what we already know. If we want to bridge divides, we have to be curious. And curiosity is also the foundation for asking good questions.”

Emma Stenström

Associate Professor & Director of the Research Center for Arts,
Business & Culture at Stockholm School of Economics

 

Emma is a highly appreciated teacher and lecturer and has won several pedagogical awards. She has been Associate Dean of SSE and a guest professor at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. 

Besides her academic career, Emma has always worked in media as a columnist, tv-host and many other things.

Emma’s research concerns mainly aesthetic, creative and innovative aspects of social sustainability, the intersection between arts and business, and the humanistic side of management. In 2023, she published a book about bridging differences called “Bubble-hopping”.

"The big challenges that we are facing, such as climate change and sustainability, can only be addressed if we have radical collaboration diplomacy.”

Massamba Thioye Ph.D.

Project Executive, UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub

 

As part of the UNFCCC secretariat, Massamba Thioye is at the forefront of driving innovation to support climate and sustainability actions. Massamba also serves on various advisory committees and actively publishes breakthrough technical papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Through his leadership, he is spearheading the development of regulations, incentive mechanisms, and frameworks aimed at measuring the impact of climate action and enhancing innovation in addressing global sustainability challenges.

Expect insights and strategies for leveraging innovation to support climate action and foster inner development for a more sustainable world.

“The point isn’t to be the hero and solve things; the point of the leader in a complex world is to enable and unleash as many heroes and as many solutions as possible.”

Jennifer Garvey Berger

Co-founder & CEO, Cultivating Leadership 

 

Jennifer Garvey Berger is a prominent thought leader in leadership and adult development who has contributed significantly to understanding how individuals and organisations can navigate complexity and change.

With a belief that we need a new form of leadership for a new era, she designs and teaches leadership programs, coaches senior leaders and their teams, and supports new ways of thinking about strategy and people. 

Through her books, like “Changing on the Job,” Berger offers practical ways to make leaders’ organisations more successful, their work more meaningful, and their lives more gratifying. 

“At the simplest level, any particular expression of the immunity to change provides us a picture of how we are systematically working against the very goal we genuinely want to achieve.”

Robert Kegan Ph.D. :globe_with_meridians:

Professor of Adult Development, Harvard University

 

Dr Robert Kegan is a leading figure in adult development, known for his transformative works that have reshaped our understanding of human behaviour and organisational dynamics.

With groundbreaking books like “The Evolving Self” and “Immunity to Change,” he has pioneered a new field of study and profoundly impacted professional practices worldwide.

Dr Kegan has dedicated four decades to advancing the discourse on growth and development. His ITC workshop will empower attendees to challenge their limiting beliefs, foster adaptive behaviours, and cultivate a growth mindset for personal and professional success.

“In vulnerability, our humanity comes to the surface. And it’s this very human response which is going to catalyse and raise climate ambition.”

Katie Hodgetts

 Founder, Resilience Project

 

Katie Hodgetts, a leading voice in empowering youth for climate action, founded The Resilience Project to address the lack of psychological and inner-led support for young activists. 

Through the Resilience Project, she equips young people with essential skills to navigate the challenges of a changing world. Recognised for her work in mental health and climate, she also serves on IKEA’s Young Global Leaders Board. 

Learn from Katie’s experience training hundreds of peers to build inner resilience and discover how you can apply her insights to your own leadership journey.

“When your inner tech is separated from compassion, empathy, community, then you become as robotic as the digital device. What can you do in your everyday life where you remind yourself that you’re still human?”

John Mack

Author, Artist & Founder, Life Calling

 

John Mack is an author, artist and the founder of Life Calling – a nonprofit dedicated to preserving humanity in the Digital Age.

John envisions a future where humanity and nature thrive regardless of technological advancements. He advocates for a human-centric approach to navigating the Digital Age, ensuring that our investment in technology is matched by an equal investment in our humanity. 

In 2022, John launched “A Species Between Worlds,” an exhibition on our relationship with the digital realm. He has also developed a unique map of human consciousness linking inner realities with outer digital worlds.

“There is a moment of letting go and a moment of letting in, created in the uncertainty that comes with moving beyond the old paradigm. It is in this space we might be jolted into transformation, into creating the world anew.”

Angel Acosta

Healing-Centred Educator & Creative Director, NYC Healing Collective

 

Dr. Angel Acosta bridges the fields of leadership, social justice and mindfulness. As a member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, he created the “Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience” to help communities understand structural inequality through mindfulness. 

He is currently the Director of the Garrison Institute’s Fellowship Program and serves as the Creative Director at the NYC Healing Collective, a community initiative curating work and insights at the intersection of healing, wellness, and societal transformation. 

Angel is also developing the Acosta Institute, a digital lab advancing healing-centered education, contemplative social science, and AI innovation. 

"There are periods when, although we’re still on the same earth, we are moving to a different world. We are in one of those periods right now."

Zak Stein :globe_with_meridians:

Writer, Educator & Co-Founder, Civilizational Research Institute

 

Dr Zachary Stein is a writer, futurist, and transformative educator working to bring a greater sense of justice and sanity to education. He is a Co-Founder of the Civilization Research Institute and the Center for World Philosophy and Religion and now works in fields related to the mitigation of global catastrophic risk. 

Zak is a widely sought-after and award-winning speaker and a leading authority on the future of education and contemporary issues in human development. He is the author of dozens of published papers and two books, including Education in a Time Between Worlds.

"We are dealing with a scenario where ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option. The companies that succeed in the coming decades will be the companies that have embraced sustainability and embraced the SDGs.”

James Gomme

Director of Education & Knowledge Management, WBCSD

 

James Gomme is the Director of Education and Knowledge Management at WBCSD, where he equips business leaders with actionable insights to enhance their sustainability efforts and ensures effective use of the organisation’s intellectual capital. 

Since joining WBCSD in 2016, James has led initiatives like the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality and co-developed the Vision 2050 framework for sustainable global living.

With over 15 years of corporate sustainability experience, James previously spent a decade at Mitsubishi Corporation, leading teams in corporate sustainability, public affairs, and investor relations in Europe and Japan.

"We’re not talking about process improvement or things of that nature. We’re talking about human beings."

Tony Bond

EVP, Chief Diversity & Innovation Officer, Great Place to Work

 

Tony Bond is the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm renowned for producing prestigious workplace rankings. A strategic thinker and innovator, Tony plays a pivotal role in shaping the organisation’s culture transformation work.

 

Tony has served as a trusted advisor for executives at leading global organisations. With over 20 years of diverse leadership experience with a Fortune 100 company, he has expertly guided companies through transformational change, culture shifts, mergers and acquisitions, and other human capital initiatives.

Our exceptional lineup of artists, curated by the International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC), goes beyond art and aesthetics by infusing inner development throughout the Summit experience. 

From immersive installations to interactive performances, art will seamlessly integrate into the program, with artists co-facilitating Day 2 tracks to enhance the embodiment and holistic nature of the learning journey.

Artistic Collaborators

“Listen to yourself, listen to that voice talking to you quietly, and you will know what is meant for you, what is really true for you”

Rachelle Jeanty

Singer, Meditation Teacher and Vocal Coach

 

Rachelle Jeanty began her singing journey as a backing vocalist for Celine Dion, gracing legendary stages worldwide. However, she chose to leave the glamour of the music industry to follow her deeper calling: Self-realisation.

Parallel to her solo entertainment career, Rachelle has dedicated herself to offering her voice and music as vehicles for inner development and evolution. Through hundreds of her SPIRIT OF JOY concerts and workshops, she combines music and meditation to inspire personal growth.

Expect captivating, soulful melodies and heartfelt performances that entertain, uplift, and inspire.

“To solve complex societal issues, we require a cross-set of society present in decision-making spaces.”

Madeleine McGirk

Founding Managing Director, ITAC

 

Bringing expertise in education, theatre and filmmaking, Madeleine (she/her) is the Founding Managing Director of the International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC), where she has led the building of over 5,000 members in the world’s first global network of participatory artists who work in schools and communities. 

Madeleine specialises in arts for social transformation projects in different settings and has a background in designing creative engagement programming both inside and outside of traditional learning spaces, using arts as a tool for cross-sector topic exploration.

“The liminal zone is important in the arts; it’s not just some intellectual concept. It is the place where the stuff that makes for art happens.”

Eric Booth

Author & Co-Founder, ITAC

 

Eric Booth, known as the ‘father of the teaching artist profession,’ is one of the most influential figures in American arts education and has carved out a multifaceted career as a teacher, actor, writer, director, and businessman. 

Eric has played a pivotal role in establishing teaching artist programs at renowned institutions such as Juilliard, Stanford, and Lincoln Center Education, where he has guided the field for over 41 years. His steadfast commitment to nurturing artistic talent and fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts has left a lasting legacy in the industry.

"I judge people by one criterion, and one criterion only: how many people have you pulled over the wall with you?”

Rachael Jacobs Ph.D.

Artist, Activist & Academic, Western Sydney University

 

Rachael Jacobs lectures in Creative Arts Education at Western Sydney University and is a former secondary arts teacher (Dance, Drama and Music). She has a PhD in creativity and assessment, and her research focuses on arts-based approaches to racial justice education, climate justice and language development. 

Rachael has facilitated art projects in community settings Australia-wide, mostly working in migrant and refugee communities. She is a community activist, aerial artist, and South Asian choreographer who runs her own intercultural dance company and sits on the board of the climate action organisation Sweltering Cities.

Edmund Chow
"Find alignment between what you know, who you are, and who you want to serve and help."

Edmund Chow Ph.D.

Arts Educator and Applied Theatre Practitioner

 

Dr. Edmund Chow is an educator and scholar who has dedicated over 24 years to fostering critical dialogue and social justice through the arts. As the Assistant Director of Academic Governance at the University of the Arts Singapore, he develops interdisciplinary curricula to address contemporary issues and ensures the integrity and quality of the university’s programs.

With studies in applied theatre and pedagogy, Edmund’s work spans diverse environments, from prisons to hospitals, and includes projects from Afghanistan to India. Expect a two-time public speaking champion focused on education, leadership, social justice and the arts.

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