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Individual Biographies

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Dr Angus Hervey

Political Economist

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Angus is a political economist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Angus is a political economist and a founder of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Angus is a political economist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar from 2009 to 2012.


Will Tait

Musical Philosopher and MC

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Will is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He is the musical philosopher for Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Will is a songsmith, MC and musical philosopher. He’s a part of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Will is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He is the musical philosopher for Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He has 17 years experience as an educational presenter in the sustainability sector, and is the lead singer of 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band touring in Australia and overseas. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story of potential and abundance in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he creates moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that give this new story a meaningful, tangible presence in our everyday lives.


Shasta Henry

Ecologist

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Shasta is a scientist and science communicator; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Shasta is a scientist, adventurer, and educator. She’s a part of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Shasta is a scientist; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

She is an advocate for invertebrate technology improving the human condition, addressing problems like agricultural waste, hunger, gendered poverty and biodiversity decline. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She's worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. 



Tane Hunter

Cancer Researcher

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Tané is a cancer researcher and science communicator. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Tané is a cancer researcher, and a founder of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Tané is a cancer researcher and science communicator. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Victorian Cancer Care Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.


Melissa Neighbour

Urban Planner

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Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Melissa is an environmental town planner and community builder. She’s a part of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

She is the Managing Director of Suburban Town Planners, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Shaper Hub, and was the National Convener for the United National Association of Australia Young Professionals Network.


Dr Steven Manos

Digital Technologist

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Steven is a digital technologist, physicist and woodworker. He’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

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Steven is a digital technologist, physicist and woodworker. He’s a part of Future Crunch, an organisation that helps people understand what’s on the frontiers of science and technology, and how the world is changing for the better.

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Steven is a digital technologist, physicist and woodworker. He’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He works at the intersection of digital technologies and community building, and is passionate about strengthening teams and organisations to work in new ways in the 21st century. He completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Sydney in 2006, designing optical fibres using genetic algorithms, and spent four years at University College London as a postdoc simulating blood flows in the human brain. Since 2012 he’s been the Head of Research Platforms at the University of Melbourne, developing strategies and implementing projects to drive the future of data-intensive research. He is also a maker, and runs a custom design company, Weld + Fathom.