A Forum for Innovation

Introducing Member: Marc Escobosa

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Company: Glam
Position: VP of Product Mgmt
Country: United States
State: CA
City: San Francisco
Cultural Ambassador: no
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Organizational Design, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you’ve done at the end of your career?

I hope to have devoted my life to fighting for more sustainable and human-centered ways of incorporating technology into our lives.

Where do you go for inspiration?

For a run.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

With a heaping dose of humility and an ever-replenishing sense of humor.

What keeps you up at night?

The financial unsustainability of modern life in a major city.

What gets you up in the morning?

Usually, my 5 year old.

How is your work cross-cultural?

The internet is a global community.. though many voices are too often suppressed in mainstream american dialogs on the subject. That said, having been raised as something of a polyglot, I know no other way to approach everything in life than from multiple simultaneous cultural perspectives.

Bio:

I’m a big picture product designer & strategist with 15+ years experience in high tech start-ups.

Introducing Member: Marcelo Marer

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Company: Intel
Position: Chief Creative Director
Country: United States
State: CA
City: San Francisco
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you’ve done at the end of your career?

that beautiful ideas became matter

Where do you go for inspiration?

i like quiet places

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

deep breathing

What keeps you up at night?

coffee and chocolate after 6 pm

What gets you up in the morning?

light and a cuddly lover

How is your work cross-cultural?

for the last five years or so, i’ve been trying to work across geographies… does that make my work cross-cultural? :/)

Bio:

happiest when working-playing with kindred spirits who love to tinker with ideas| things|products|services across environments + platforms

Introducing Member: Dorian Sweet

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Company: True Action Europe
Position: Managing Director
Country: US
State: PA
City: Devon
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Writing,

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you’ve done at the end of your career?

I’ve had the privilege to interact, lead and create with many talented people. I trust that our time together has changed things for somebody somewhere and they will be inspired to continue in that effort.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Bath. Bus. Bed. (Historically proven to be the best place for mental insights to occur)

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

A sense of purpose. Too many organizations focus on layers of program-driven rhetoric that creates an artifice of purpose. Keeping the reason for being simple enables greater focus, not matter how severe the definition of purpose may be.

What keeps you up at night?

People in other times zones wanting to talk.

What gets you up in the morning?

Nature is amazing at dawn. “It never stops and so should I…”

How is your work cross-cultural?

I work in Europe. I have little choice but to make sure that all I do is respectful of cultural nuance. Interactions with people is a key component, you must show in your work and your actions that you respect the cultural need and simultaneously be understood and a person of new ideas. Therein lies a desire to create opportunities that transcend as many cultural hurdles as possible.

Bio:

A new media creative professional looking at how brands, technology and consumers mix.

Introducing Member: Owen Thomas

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Company: Ditherati Communications
Position: President
Country: USA
State: CA
City: San Francisco
Cultural Ambassador: N/A
Interests: Cross-Cultural Business, Media, Organizational Design, Sociology of Work, Start-Ups, Technology, Writing

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you’ve done at the end of your career?

Unforgettable.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Jack Early Park.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

I try to remember what matters.

What keeps you up at night?

Email.

What gets you up in the morning?

Twitter.

How is your work cross-cultural?

Humor and insight ought to be universal. Ought to be.

Bio:

I tell stories. If I do it right, you’ll laugh and you’ll learn something.

Introducing Member: Michele Ronsen

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Company: even more so
Position: complicated
Country: usa
State: CA
City: san francisco
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Cross-Cultural Business, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups,

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you’ve done at the end of your career?

I hope to leave this world a better place. To me that can take many forms:

Encouraging more people to find their true passion and or to monetize it.

Improving their skill/offering with a new or different viable business/ product/ service/ or experience model.

Motivating them to create and deliver meaningful results.

In all of the above, my hope is that my clients, students, tenants, and employees better themselves personally , professionally, and/ or financially and that we all leave the world a better place – however THEY define that.

Where do you go for inspiration?

My kitchen. Love to cook and host.
My alma maters – the Academy of Art. It’s great to be a part of an ongoing creative community. And the California College of Arts. My Sustainability work and the people I met there changed me forever.
Which leads me to my friends – I am so fortunate to have a kind, forthcoming, and talented network. I if don’t know someone I know someone who knows someone. And I ask. I love to connect.
My husband. He thinks completely differently and is a great person to bounce ideas off of.
I also walk a lot. And ask “WHY NOT?” a lot.
The answers often yield great inspiration!

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

See above three revenue streams and target audiences.
I thrive on the diversity but it’s also a strategic decision.
I also manage five of our rental properties in the city. That’s taught me a lot about resiliency too.

What keeps you up at night?

i sleep pretty well ;)

What gets you up in the morning?

all the cool projects and people in my life

How is your work cross-cultural?

i will come back to this – gotta run for now!
THANK YOU!

Bio:

I am a classically trained graphic designer who moved into interiors, products, environments, online applications, and eventually to 360 experiences. Today, I am an independent and strategic thinker, designer and researcher.

In March 2012 I branched off on my own. My practice has three focuses. First, helping individuals, small businesses, and entrepreneurs get to the next level – however they define that. Second, I teach classes and build graduate level curricula based on design thinking, mind mapping, innovation, and sustainability. Third, I consult for very small and very large entities (such has Blue Shield, Best Buy, etc.) on a variety of topics and in various disciplines.

Unless you know me this might seem like an unusual practice! I do possess, and thrive on, a rare combination of creative and analytic skill. That said I combine my deep creative and marketing roots with my business and finance chops. To me, full-brained, holistic problem solving, and diversity, is awesome in the true sense of the word. I am curious about almost everything!

Previous to March 2012, I was a Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Wells Fargo Bank for over six years. My career consisted of building several award winning in-house creative teams there, at Bank of America, and Nordstrom. Prior to that I worked for Michael Osborne Design and Pentagram.




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