In the coming weeks we’ll be ramping up our preparations for our first video sprint with the British Council during Social Media Week Berlin. We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Ben, Phil and Jón Þór via Skype in order to seed the conversation we’d like to have about transatlantic influence. Their Skype interviews will be available online soon. If you’d like to attend the workshop, please contact us and we’ll be happy to give you instructions on how to apply for one of two open seats at the workshop in Berlin.
is Editor at Large of WIRED magazine, is a journalist, broadcaster, photographer, and technologist. Ben is also Head of Digital for SIX Creative. He is a freelance reporter for the BBC and previously worked as the first internet reporter for The Times, where he was shortlisted for one of the British Press Awards. He has also worked as a reporter for the Guardian and UK arm of MSN. In 2006, Hammersley was embedded with both British and American troops in Afghanistan, shooting video for The Guardian as a multimedia reporter for Guardian Unlimited.
is Managing Partner of FREE DMC, an influencer marketing agency that specializes in integrated marketing strategy, digital content creation, and experiential events. He is also the Founder of Influencer Conference, a global conference bringing together tastemakers in the arts, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and technology to discuss the current and future state of influencer culture. After completing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Philip joined Goldman, Sachs & Co where he worked in Domestic Equity Trading. Philip is a passionate supporter of the arts. He has been a Supporting Partner of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre since 1999. He is formerly a Junior Associate of the Museum of Modern Art and a member of the Apollo Circle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a rabid music fan and spends his summers attending as many Dave Matthews Band concerts as humanly possible. He is working on a book called Smashing Silos: How to identify talent & create value.
is a lover of wisdom and a lazy person. He studied the wisdom teaching of east and west until in his early adulthood was moved to political activism by the civilian devastation of depleted uranium bullets used by the US and UK during the Gulf War. He found his second love around that same time after a short introduction to Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management. The love affair with management is ongoing; he has produced a political game manual for strategically inclined activists, The Game of Politics – Game Manual, and helped secure four Icelandic parliamentary seats as the executive manager of The Citizens Movement in Iceland (now The Movement) a grassroots political party that had 9 weeks from inception until the elections in the spring of 2009. His love for wisdom is still in bloom but has yet to bear fruit.