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The Feast 2014

October 9-11th, 2014, Brooklyn, NY

Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and Organizational Consultant


Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on personal and professional relationships. She is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED talk reached nearly 5 million viewers in the first year.


James Bowthorpe

World Record Breaking Cyclist


James Bowthorpe is a modern day explorer interested in cities and the environments that surround and support them. Hudson River Project is an unprecedented journey which will see James build a boat from Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson in the Adirondacks and make a descent of the river back to NYC. This project is a collaboration with co-director Antony Crook, post-rock band Mogwai, Emmy award winner Ben Tricklebank, executive producers Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis (The Imposter) and executive producer Dylan Williams (global chief strategy and innovation officer Publicis Group). In 2009 James broke the world record for circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. He has exhibited film work at MACBA and ICA, worked for the OSCE monitoring the first democratic elections in Kosovo and is a research fellow at the Institute for Psychiatry in London.


Ingrid Kopp

Director of Digital Initiatives, Tribeca Film Institute


An innovator in interactive storytelling and maker culture, Ingrid Kopp oversees the TFI New Media Fund. Recent supported projects include Alma, Hollow, Lyka’s Adventure and Question Bridge. Ingrid leads the Institute’s other digital and interactive programs including the TFI Interactive conference and the Tribeca Hacks hackathon series bringing storytellers, technologists and designers together to explore new projects and collaborations. She also curates the Tribeca Storyscapes program for interactive, transmedia work at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ingrid is constantly working at the intersection between storytelling, technology, design and social change and is a frequent speaker on the subject.


Ben Tricklebank

Emmy Award-Winning Director


Ben Tricklebank is one of the industry’s most celebrated directors who prides himself on his interdisciplinary visual expertise. His career has focused on finding innovative ways to engage with audiences, and his cutting-edge work has been recognized globally. Ben’s recent projects include “Gran Turismo First Love,” a TV spot and interactive documentary, “Mini Cooper: Final Test Drives,” a set of five 60 second spots, “Clouds Over Cuba,” an interactive documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, “Google: Art, Copy, Code,” a dynamic, personalized film trailer, “Light Echoes,” a multimedia art piece created in collaboration with data visualization specialist Aaron Koblin, and “JAM with Chrome,” a web experience that allows friends to play live music together through the Chrome browser. “Clouds Over Cuba” was the most awarded digital project in the US for 2013, taking home an Emmy, a One Show Gold, a D&AD Yellow Pencil, 11 Cannes Lions, 2 Gold ADC Awards, and a Gold Clio.


Ayse Birsel


Ayse Birsel has been designing award-winning products for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Target, Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota and TOTO. Ayse brings new solutions to old problems by thinking differently, using her user-centered, humanistic design approach and her unique process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™. Ayse is also known for her acclaimed workshops, Design the Life You Love for individuals and Design the Work You Love for corporations, applying her design process to help people design their life and work respectively. She is the recipient of the 2001 Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and numerous design awards including the IDEA Gold Award and ID Magazine Award.

Nora Abousteit

Nora Abousteit

Founder and CEO, Kollabora


Nora Abousteit is the founder and CEO of Kollabora. Nora writes as a startup mentor for the WSJ’s The Accelerators blog. She is a member of the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, a mentor at Highway1 a hardware incubator, and on the panel of experts to steer Cornell Tech's new Masters of Science program in Connective Media. Before starting Kollabora, Nora reinvented an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community, with one million members now the largest sewing community in the world.


Harley K. Dubois

Co-Founder, Burning Man


Harley K. Dubois is a co-founder and Chief Transition Officer of the 501c-3 Burning Man Project, and currently oversees the complex transition of the Burning Man for-profit event production company into a subsidiary under the non-profit. Harley is also a founding member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, where she chairs the grants committee and acts as the foundation's liaison with Burning Man Project. In her 20 years' involvement with Burning Man and as the former City Operations Manager, Harley led the way in developing much of Black Rock City's Community Services departments and management infrastructure. She originated Theme Camp Placement, Greeters, Playa Info, Burning Man Information Radio, and kindled the development of all other Community Services teams.


Raghava KK


Named by CNN as one of the 10 most remarkable people in 2010, Raghava KK is a renowned Indian artist and a tech entrepreneur. He was inducted into the National Geographic Society as an Emerging Explorer for bringing together science, art, and technology in the field of exploration. His iPad art book Pop­it, launched at TED, shakes up the concept of the ideal family and presents children with multiple perspectives at the earliest stage. The book won several awards, including a Best of 2011 award from Kirkus. Raghava is on the Board of the INK Conference and is the chair of the INK Fellows Program. He recently wrote the foreword for Mass General Hospital's textbook on psychiatry, in which he discusses the importance of cultural sensitivity, perspectives, and empathy in psychiatry. Currently, he is the CEO and co­-founder of Flipsicle, a tech startup out of New York and Sweden, which brings together creativity, technology, and empathy.


Michael Silver

CEO, American Elements


Michael Silver is a high technology entrepreneur and Chairman & CEO of American Elements (, a global manufacturer with the world’s largest catalog of advanced materials. He is considered a pioneer in the fields of green technology, nanotechnology, materials science, robotics and space flight. He has appeared on numerous television shows and is often quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and many other publications. His philanthropy includes sponsoring hundreds of science & technology conferences and festivals globally and television shows such as a 4 part NOVA series on PBS entitled “Making Stuff”. American Elements has manufacturing operations in Los Angeles, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Monterrey, Mexico; Baotou, China and Manchester, UK. Michael holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.


Jimmy Stice


Jimmy is working to build the world's most sustainable modern town in a valley in Panama, in response to the way we have been developing the built environment for the last 60 years and the impact that has had on our communities, our environments, and our economy. An hour northeast of downtown Panama City, Panama rests the 7,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest that is Kalu Yala; Jimmy's brainchild in progress to become the world's most sustainable residential community. Raised in real estate investing, educated in marketing, and still in the school of hard knocks for community development, Jimmy's work is a lifestyle in progress.

To have such a diverse, passionate and smart group of people come together is amazing in and of itself; but for that group to have the opportunity to work together solving problems that matter to all of us is unheard of. Without question I'll be back next year.
Jason Wisdom, Founder of Design Gym