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Coworking Consultant, CWSC Content Director
Marc created, Sinèrgics, the first coworking with social return, a concept characterized by its involvement in promoting projects with social values. He is the former Director of the first Utopicus coworking in Barcelona. From 2011 to 2018 he was responsible for CREC Coworking business & sales strategy.
Currently Marc is focussed on coworking space concept creation and business strategy. He works with small operators and big brands, from hotels on the beach to offices in prime areas, as well as local governments and private investors alike.
Trained as Industrial Designer he prefers to believe they taught him how to use design to solve problems. He’s interested in strategy games, dogs and gravel biking.
He is the chief curator of the Coworking Academy, the premiere academy which creates spaces for learning and networking, so that you can grow your skills to develop your business.
“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
Architect & Founder of DINAMO10 Creative Hub
Joana Carvalho is an architect and founder of DINAMO10 Creative Hub. She started this community with the belief that collaboration and cooperation are the fundamentals for creative work and business success.
After 4 years in Barcelona, in 2007 she returned to her hometown to establish her architecture studio and to to kickstart one of the first cowork spaces in Portugal in 2010, aiming to scale on impact rather than in size.
In 2016 she co-founded Viana tech Meetups, which intend to be a meeting point for professionals in the tech sector, where her role is to connect this community to the creative sector.
Since 2017 D10 is part of the European Creative Hubs Network, a community that promotes innovation through the cultural and creative sector. Since 2019, as a member of Creative Commons Portugal, she aims to implement projects with relevance to the creative community, such as CC Local Point, an initiative of DINAMO10.
Co-Founders HUBUD & Co-Founders CU Asia
Rucina has been interested in cultures other than her own since she was a babe in arms (spent first two years of her life in Japan—father was a Fullbright Professor there).
Bali came calling in the early 1970s when she studied Balinese dance and music at the ASEA (American Society for Eastern Arts, now defunct) in the USA. Wanting to further her studies of dance and theatre in context and in a place where these art forms were still a viable form of cultural expression, she chose Bali.
In 1974, she arrived in Bali at the fresh age of 21 without a word of either Indonesian or Balinese. Totally clueless, in fact. But after 16 months, she could speak both, or rather could communicate in both (there IS a difference) and had performed all over the island with her teachers (primarily mask dance, Topeng, and Legong, a female classical form of dance).
She returned to her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, got her BA and went on to Hawai’I to get her MA in Asian Studies/Dance Ethnology. There she was able to study a myriad of Asian dance forms and study theater under Jim Brandon and Roger Long.
Then it was on to the mainland and San Francisco where she helped co-found Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a group of Americans dedicated to studying about and performing traditional Balinese music and dance (now in its’ 40th year!). She was one of their main dancers for many years.
In 1985, after Sekar Jaya’s first tour to Bali, Rucina settled down in Peliatan as the Academic Semester Abroad Director (Experiment in International Living). She did that for 4 1/2 years but the raging hormones of the students got to be a bit much and she decided to go to the other end of the spectrum and began to run Elderhostel programs for the over-55 set.
In the meantime, she married (the now late) Anak Agung Putra Rangki, who was a teacher in the Semester Abroad program and they now have two grown sons, ANOM and ARIE. Anom spends part of his time in the US as a Merchant Marine and Arie works as a website developer. Arie’s daughter, Prabha, was born in February 2017 and Anom’s son, Arun, was born in February 2018.
Aside from running educational programs, Rucina works to promote all kinds of Balinese arts. She has worked with Made Sidia in creating a new Wayang Kulit which assisted in trauma counseling post-bomb (with USAID and UNICEF) and was involved in an all-women’s kecak group among others. In conjunction with I Wayan Dibia, she has written a book on the performing arts of Bali, Balinese Dance, Music and Drama which came out in December 2004 (Singapore: Periplus Editions/Berkeley Books) and has authored numerous articles on Balinese culture for magazines and the internet. She often goes abroad to work with ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) in international schools to teach students and teachers alike about Balinese performing arts.
From 2003- 2011, she was the Director of YKIP (Humanitarian Foundation for Mother Earth), a Bali-based charity dedicated to helping the needy in Bali through health and education programs (www.ykip.org). In May of 2011, she left that position and became a consultant for the ALF (Annika Linden Foundation, YKIP’s major donor). The ALF (now called IF or The Inspirasia Foundation) has built a Centre of Excellence for Physical Rehabilitation on Bali that houses two charities. The building has a fully professional therapeutic gym and trainers and provides the best rehabilitation for the physically challenged in Indonesia. In July 2013, Rucina decided to step away from office work and dedicated herself to her cultural tour business, which focuses primarily on American college immersion programs in Bali.
In May of 2014 she became a consultant to the Amicorp Community Foundation, which is building a Vocational Training Center for low income youth in the small village of Les in North Bali. They recently finished a Sanitation Project where they put in 725 toilets in private homes. In Les, she is helping the salt farmers (see saltofthesea.weebly.com) obtain more money for their product, has a reading library for the local children as well as facilitates a painting class for young schoolkids.
For all of 2013, Agung and Rucina were the Klian Adat or traditional heads of their banjar/hamlet. At least four times a month, she would drive over to Abianbase and make offerings in the community hall and numerous times over the course of the year be in charge of seventy women making offerings for a variety of rituals. It was a rich and wondrous experience and she is very happy to have done it and left it!
On a lighter note, Rucina is also the founder of Grup Gedebong Goyang, or the “Gyrating Banana Tree Trunks” a group of originally four and now two, Caucasian women of a certain age and size who sing in Balinese and Indonesian and do skits in Balinese to entertain the locals, while also imbedding their skits and songs with important messages about the environment, social issues and women’s empowerment. Her parody of Pen Pineapple has gone viral.
She teaches Balinese dance to local children and teens, plays on-line Upwords, played the role of Nurse in a local production of Romeo and Juliet and was the Vice President of the Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset for many years. And in June of 2017 had the honor of guiding President Obama and family through some local temples.
Psychotherapist, Cultural Theorist and Author
Aaron Balick, PhD is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress and most recently, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces International, a psychology, co-working, therapy, and events hub in Berlin,London, Paris, and Zurich. Aaron lives in London.