WOW Talks delivers engaging live events that inspires people to reconnect with their WHY – their passion, their purpose.
Passion is contagious. Using a unique format of multiple short talks, WOW Talks events create an insightful, entertaining and inspiring experience. The events feature inspiring stories, insights and Words of Wisdom (WOW). The speakers are talents from different industries and disciplines who are committed to creating a life where they make their living by doing what they absolutely love.
We invite you to come and and join us for this dynamic intimate and creative talks session. You will get to learn more about the inspiration behind the creative process of extraordinary group of talented artrepreneurs. In this intimate and relaxed setting you will get to listen and interact with the artists from our lineup as well leading members of our community that were involved in the creation of Further Future. They will be sharing about their creative work and lifestyle in a very personal way. The session will be led by Gal Stiglitz, Founder of WOW Talks and iDiscover.
The format works the following way:
- 90min Program 6 Speakers + 1 performer. We will combine 2 short performances during the talks.
- Each have 7 min to share the personal story behind their passion and about the creative process.
- We ask them to include in their talk 5 key elements: Uniqueness, Inspiration, Challenge, Dream/Vision, Question..
Gal Stiglitz, WOW Talks Host
Gal is a social entrepreneur and a cultural thinker. He is the founder of WOW Talks & iDISCOVER, both are London based ventures with a global vision. Both are encouraging people to follow their dreams by bringing more meaning and purpose to life. Both are challenging the current paradigm of working life in modern living. In 2001 Gal moved from Tel Aviv to London as an expat for a global tech firm and in 2009 he left his tech career and started WOW Talks to inspire people around the world towards making a living doing what they love. The talks essentially focus on the WHY, the inspiration and the personal story behind the passion. Gal believes that passion is contagious and today WOW Talks is a growing active community and a movement that generates events and content for young people around the world.
Alongside with it Gal has developed and started to teach flagship program iDISCOVER. A cutting -edge personal/professional development programme with its own unique set of methodologies. A deep and intelligent review that connects people with a deep sense of purpose and launches people to the next level of fulfilment with absolute clarity. Gal turned his insights from researching human sciences into an original and practical
philosophical/psychological approach and he currently travels the world to teach his program.
A cellist & one-woman orchestra, Zoë Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology - which she uses to sample her cello onstage - and for her DIY approach, releasing her music online without the help of a record label.
Born in Canada and a cellist since the age of eight, Zoë pursued electronic music and contemporary composition as part of her Liberal Arts studies at Sarah LawrenceCollege in New York. After graduation she moved to San Francisco and found work as an information architect at a software startup while moonlighting as a cellist in various rock bands. Unemployed following the dot-com crash of 2001, Zoë used her year off to focus on music, eventually combining the cello and the computer to develop her signature style of live-layered music. She began composing music for small films and experimental theater projects and performing for late night crowds in the San Francisco warehouse where she lived with other artists.
Oscar Axhede is a full-time problem solver with a background in board sports, particularly in snowboarding. He is somewhat of a renaissance man with a range of experience and skill sets, from creating events to film/photo production to team management to having the luxury and patience of building boats and motorcycles. Part of the reason, for Axhede's high standard in everything he does is his borderline obsessive interest in understanding how things work. This curiosity has lead him to be hopeful about the future and the current revolution that is happening with technology. Currently, Axhede resides between the US and Hong Kong/China. Axhede is one of the founders of Zound Industries. He has had a range of important roles in several key posts from Product Manager to Brand Director. Zound Industries currently have four in-house brands; Urbanears, Coloud, Marshall Headphones and Molami. Each brand has their unique identity and targeted audience creating a high quality, electronics house that has been steady growing since 2008. Six years ago, starting with a team of 8, the company has grown into a team of 120 talented individuals and Zound Industries now distribute their products to over 100 countries worldwide.
Yasha Young is the director and curator of URBAN NATION Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. Her creative vision is base for the creation and production of the two internationally renowned art series Project M/ and OneWall. It also was the foundation for the international ‘ Unite & Ignite ‘ urban exchange series focusing on the creating a worldwide network for young curators and creative talents . As a former gallery owner, international curator and producer, Young is deeply involved in the international urban arts sphere. Through her continued work for the international Art Fair Cologne for which she acts as a board member and for which she later as the Executive Director established the young art fair segment BLOOOM she remains connected to the traditional and interdisciplinary art market. Through her work on several institutional boards and as a journalist she remains a steady voice for change and re-invention within the community of art critics, collectors and creative talent alike.
Miss Young developed the concept for the world’s first urban contemporary museum URBAN NATION opening doors in 2017. The Museum will be a living breathing archive and platform for the creative industry and as a non-profit, remains as a source of free educational and research facility. She has worked with international music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Iceland Airwaves where she develops and produces cross genre creative collaborations. The UN’s additional focus is Miss Young’s vision for an international exchange program with other institutions and festivals, artists residencies and the continued believe in “ the possible impossible."
Maik ter Veer is founder, CEO and Creative Director of Robodock festival and event organizer for over 25 years. Surrealist, dreamer and visionary, he designs artistic formats and festivals as total concepts and immersive experiences. He likes to combine heavy industrial space and recycled offshore materials with an alchemical play with the elements.
His roots lie in the Amsterdam DYW underground culture. Together with the international creative squat community he transformed huge abandoned factories and shipyards into lively public artistic places. Out of this impulse towards artistic freedom and cultural self-defense, a new festival was created: Robodock. This unique international festival would blend Extreme Art,
Technology, Multimedia, Robotics, Grand Fire Installations, Set-design, Performance, Object-theatre, Modern Dance, Music and Foodism into Fellini-esque Mad-Max dreamscapes.
Robodock also invented and produced the Firebird Fenix Opera as well as an Architectonic Performance Route through the underworld leaving sustainable artful traces.
Ruben Lenten is a pro-athlete from the Netherlands, standing out in the world of Kiteboarding because of his extreme aerial maneuvers. With his positive and energetic personality Ruben has traveled the world shining bright in many competitions, events, photo- and video shoots and extreme performances. Recently his world got turned upside down when he got diagnosed with cancer. His battle against the cancer gained him lots of perspective and passion for life in general. With more than 15 years of experience and network in the extreme sports field he now focuses on making his vision for the sport and athletes become reality harder than ever. In his eyes the sport and its performances have only scraped the surface of what’s possible and with his new company, Twice as high, he wants to boost the sport and the lifestyle that goes with it, to new heights and broader audiences!
Radha Agrawal is a serial social entrepreneur, mischief maker, creative director, experience designer, community architect and start-up investor.
She is the Co-Founder of DAYBREAKER, a global dance movement creating healthy morning dance party experiences all over the world with over 150,000 community members waking up to dance their faces off before going to work. Daybreaker is currently in 10 cities and launching a new city every month including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and Toronto and has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, SNL, GQ, BuzzFeed, Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, the Today Show among others.
She is also the Founder of MISCHIEF, a millennial-focused creative and community agency that helps companies and organizations build loyal communities through thoughtful architecture and iconic branding and builds epic experiences that shape local and global communities.
Matthew Brimer is an entrepreneur, community builder, and general instigator of mischief. He is Co-Founder of General Assembly (http://ga.co), where he supports GA's global efforts around social impact, alumni community engagement, and partnership development. He has worn many hats at GA, cultivating the organization’s early community of startups and entrepreneurs, establishing critical global partnerships to expand the brand, and starting GA’s enterprise corporate training business. Most recently, Brimer launched GA's philanthropic arm, Opportunity Fund, so that anyone willing to work hard and follow their passions can have a meaningful career pursuing work they love. Brimer is also Co-Founder of Daybreaker (http://daybreaker.com), a global community and lifestyle brand producing conscious morning experiences around the world. What began as a social experiment and art project, Daybreaker now aims to create an entirely new genre of experience, fueling a worldwide movement to increase mindfulness, camaraderie, wellness, self-expression, and mischief. His passions for the reinvention of education, building transformational communities, personal and professional empowerment, and immersive experience design have enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals to find their purpose, transform their careers (GA), and start off their day in the best way possible (Daybreaker). Prior to all these shenanigans, Brimer consulted on digital education strategy for Yale, freelanced in web design, worked for Apple as a campus rep, and served frozen custard. In college he founded two startups, one building team-based games powered by rivalries (PickTeams), and another curating and selling antique furniture (Aloysius Properties), both of which proved to be more educational than profitable. Brimer holds a BA in Sociology from Yale, loves a proper dance party, and lives with his beautiful girlfriend Whitney in a 150-yard old church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.