People

Team

SYLVIE BARBIER – ARTIST

Sylvie Barbier is a French-Taiwanese performance artist, entrepreneur and educator. She loves Getting S*** Done and creating powerful embodied experiences. She is the Co-founder of Life Itself and her life ambition is to become a witch!

RUFUS POLLOCK – TECHNOLOGIST

Rufus Pollock is a Founder of Open Knowledge, an award-winning international digital non-profit. Formerly a Shuttleworth Fellow, the Mead Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University.

LIAM KAVANAGH – COGNITIVE SCIENTIST & DIRECTOR OF LIFE ITSELF INSTITUTE

Liam Kavanagh is a cognitive scientist who studies how our body and feelings interact with our thoughts, both within the individual and within social groups. Liam studied Economics at Cambridge University, and holds a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UCSD.

PETRONELLA TYSON – PRODUCER

Petronella has experience in community development, social impact, co-living / working and event planning. She has a love of spreadsheets and making dreams happen.

WILLIAM MARTIN – GENERALIST

William read Philosophy at Oxford. He enjoys conducting experiments in alternative ways of living, which include taking cold showers, eating one meal per day, and living frugally. He plays rink hockey to an international standard, and enjoys language learning and creative writing in his spare time.

THEO COX – PROJECT MANAGER

Theo read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, and holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. His single greatest drive is to do the most good he can in the world, resulting in his spending probably a bit too much time ruminating on what it means to live a good life. When he’s not philosophising Theo is an avid martial artist, having competed in both western boxing and muay Thai and also regularly training in Brazilian jiujitsu. Despite his love of fighting he remains a committed pacifist in his day to day life, and is just as confused by this seeming contradiction as everyone else.

ELDERS

ESTEBAN RUSELER

Esteban is a consulting board member. He is inspired by the possibilities that a more conscious and wholesome relationship with tech can bring to society; he writes, consults and creates in this space. He’s also passionate about fostering real community and exploring how we can create a wiser world together.

JOSEPH MCACTHUR

Joseph is based in Brighton. He is the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC’s student initiative and is the co-founders of the Open Access Button. He also supports preparations for Open Access Week and OpenCon in addition to leading OpenCon’s community.

AMBASADORS

OMRI BAUMER

Omri Baumer is a technologist with vast experience in software design and development. He was selected as a Technology Expert by Harvard Business School and is experienced in building developer communities. While growing up in northern Israel, Omri became fascinated with the future of real-estate.

CONTRIBUTORS

MARK & POPPY

Mark trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in Bedford square and Poppy as a fashion designer at London College of Fashion. Together they work to create worlds using experiences as a medium. They are the designers behind the Life Itself London Hub.

CECILE EMBLETON

Cecile is a freelance photographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker based in London. She is a previous member of the London Hub.

TOM MANWELL

Tom is a fully qualified architect with an interest in co-living and previous member of London Hub. He is co-founder of WooWoo, a website helping Londoners discover well-being practices. Tom is also a mindfulness practitioner, composer and Ecstatic Dance DJ.

LAURIE PARMA

Laurie Parma is the founder of LifeCloud, a wellbeing consulting and education company. As a Cambridge scholar of psychology, behavioural science and neuroscience, interdisciplinarity is the core of her approach to human flourishing.


NINON GODEFROY

Ninon Godefroy grew up at La Cheraille, worked in renewable energy and education in Asia and Africa and studied public policy at the University of Oxford. She is a co-founder of Life Itself and is now working in eduction in Taiwan.

RICHARD MILLINGTON

Richard is a film maker and producer.

ALUMNI

JONATHAN EKSTROM

Jonathan Ekstrom co-organised the first Life Itself Gathering. He has formed The Biodiversity Consultancy to bring real-world solutions to industry’s biodiversity challenges. Jon holds a Double First in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in ecology.

PATRICK NADLER

Pat is an artist and passionate actor. This picture was taken while lamenting the gods for his lousy movie career; it is his daily practice. He used to run the Hub and is proud of his role in building a loving Community family that people want to be part of.


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