January 9th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Innovators you need to meet

Over the past few weeks CNN's new show The Next List has profiled innovators, visionaries and agents of change. They’re not household names just yet, but they’re movers and shakers in their own world. We’re introducing them to you because these individuals are steadily mapping the course to the future with their new ideas. Like our "Next Listers," we aim to be as innovative, visionary and passionate about telling you their stories. Here are some clips from a special episode of The Next List devoted to defining our idea of "agents of change":


1. Marco Tempest is no ordinary magician and in fact doesn’t even use the word “magician”. Instead he refers to himself as a “cyber-illusionist” combining videos, computer graphics and other technology of the moment with the ideas of old-world magic.

2. Christopher Brosius, a former NYC cab driver turned award-winning Perfumer, Entrepreneur and founder of CB I hate Perfume. He’s also a rebel. Unlike most perfumers, Brosius is self taught. The perfumes he creates are different, and he likes it that way because he is not a fan of creating scents that simply make everyone smell the same.

3. Molecular Gastronomer Homaro Cantu is obsessed with experimenting. Food, flavors, design, kitchen appliances – everything gets worked and re-worked in his mind, in his restaurant and in his laboratory. But for as much time as Cantu spends experimenting he reserves plenty of time and resources trying to find solutions to end world hunger – a passion inspired in Cantu after living homeless with his mother and sister for three years when he was just 6 years old.

4. Social Roboticist Heather Knight is a professor at the Carnegie Mellon. She is working to make robots more a part of our lives, by teaching them social skills.

5. Tristan Eaton, the former street tagging juvenile delinquent is now one of the hottest cutting edge artist in the country. He designs toys, has a permanent collection at the MOMA in NYC and is developing art for the masses.

6. Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, computer app developer and researcher in interactivity. Snibbe’s artwork is on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art. Some of his large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, airports, and other major public spaces and events. He says we've only scratched the surface of what apps can do for us and that gaming is only the beginning.

And please keep tuning into The Next List Sundays at 2 P.M. E.T. for more agents of change. And don't forget to Follow us, Like us, and check out our photos!

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  1. Otilia Loewen

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  2. Onur

    at the sscecus of similar offerings, such as the TweetMeme Retweet button, which recently served 1.6 billion buttons in 30 days. And Facebook will no doubt see a greater

    February 20, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Waldir

      I worked in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) for many years. The faliticy included both assisted living and skilled nursing in addition to an independent community. Part of the value of a retirement setting like this was the opportunity it provided at every level of care for interaction with others.If nothing else, when people came out from their individual living units to eat in the community center, they could engage in conversation with a group of friends. More able residents would serve as volunteers in the Health Care Center, providing much-needed conversation and activity for those who would otherwise have very little. The staff, of course, would try their best, but the need to move on to the next task inevitably reduces the time available for conversation. My wife was the greatest exception to this, for as Community Receptionist she was the main conduit between the residents and management. It seemed that talking to people was her job. Now, in retirement, she misses that interaction terribly, and the residents all miss he, too. She made a tremendous difference to their quality of life.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  3. Tony Wagner

    This is a delightful collection of profiles. Interested viewers may want to learn more about what parents, teachers, mentors, and employers can do to cultivate young people's innovative capacities. My new book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, explores these and related questions through in-depth profiles with young innovators in the 20s, interviews with their parents, teachers, and mentors. The book will also have more than 60 scannable QR codes interspersed throughout, which will enable the reader to access original videos that illuminate the content of the book.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Gem

      Good point. I never thhguot about it before now. I like your blog, by the way, I found it as I was looking around for others who have standing desks, (IKEA Jerker with BOSU, right here). Anyway, now I'm hooked. Thanks for your work.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  4. Lance Portnoff

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    January 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply

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