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Ana Victória Ladeira

Passionate and curious, Ana Victória Ladeira is a 25-year-old Brazilian AI expert with a knack for applying different smart techniques to real world problems. Working on data-based methods to support habit change, Ana works at the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence team at Habtic helping people improve their lifestyles.

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Issue 06: Robotics
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Andrea A.Dixon/Dixon Media

Andrea Dixon is an American journalist and creative director based in Amsterdam. The first half of her career she worked as a photojournalist for large daily newspapers in the USA before following her dream of living in Paris. The last ten years she’s worked as an independent consultant and owner of Dixon Media, a boutique communication and creative agency specializing in communication strategy, creative concepts, (copy)writing, art direction, branding, photography, and events. Her major clients include Philips, Heineken, CRH, AkzoNobel and Greenpeace.

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Andreas T. Schmidt

Andreas T. Schmidt is an Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He works in political theory, ethics and the philosophy of public policy, including topics such as freedom, inequality, public health, future generations, and behavioural policies. For more, see his research page:

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Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans is an author and travel writer. A veteran of National Geographic, he has reported live from over 100 countries and all 7 continents. He lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.

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Andrew Nordin

Andrew Nordin is a writer, freelance journalist, and IT systems engineer. When not writing fiction he writes about information technology, politics and social issues. He has an A.B. from Ripon College in Politics and Government and a commercial helicopter pilots license.

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Bart Engelen

Bart Engelen is an Associate Professor at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), where is he affiliated with the Tilburg Center of Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). His research focuses on the borders between ethics, political philosophy (institutional design) and economics (rational choice theory). He has recently published primarily on conceptual and ethical issues surrounding the use of nudging and whether it is manipulative and threatens people’s autonomy and rationality.

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Cathy Scott

Cathy Scott is a British journalist, copywriter, editor and translator living in Dutch suburbia. She has written for Expats Magazine, Living France and a wide variety of corporate magazines. She loves cat videos, café culture, musicals and big hair.

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Dara Colwell

Dara Colwell is a freelance journalist, content editor, and writing instructor with 20 years’ experience writing about culture, the environment, politics, relationships, and the arts. She teaches professional writing and storytelling techniques at the University of Groningen, where she has developed the curriculum for several classes. She seeks to provide insightful content with an observant eye.

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Donnacha DeLong

Donnacha DeLong is an online communications consultant who works on website build projects. He was one of Ireland's first online journalists in 1998 when he started working for RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster, on their news website. From 2004 to 2010, he was an editor on Amnesty International's global websites.

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Dr. Brian Cronk

Dr. Brian Cronk is the inaugural Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Buffalo State where he has been charged with combining the School of Arts and Humanities with the School of Natural and Social Sciences. Prior to joining SUNY Buffalo State, he served as a Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Missouri Western State University. He is the author of a best-selling textbook on using IBM's SPSS statistical analysis software for data analysis and interpretation.

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Elaine Meyer

Elaine Meyer is a writer who covers public health, work, and technology. In the past, she worked in public health communications at Columbia University and NYU and as a reporter on legal and policy news. She has written for outlets including Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Law360, and Pacific Standard, as well as tech companies, and academic medical centers like Columbia, NYU, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Issue 09: New Narratives
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Grainne Delaney

Grainne Delaney uses her Masters degree in Psychology to support the performance of executive teams. For the last 20 years she has been involved designing and delivering specialist programs and creative solutions to epic problems; Storytelling for Innovation at KPMG; Masterclass in global pitching & proposals; One Story strategy for ABF-ABNAmro Management Team, and Leadership Legacy for Vodaphone Ziggo.

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Igor Raffaele

Igor Raffaele had already visited three continents and lived in four capitals by the age of five, which is why he decided to take it easy for the next 40 years. Always trying to find either a good argument or a good scotch, he is only truly happy when he has both. His passion is for telling good stories across media, cultures, and common sense.

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Jenny Lennox

Jenny has worked in the British trade union movement for more than 18 years, negotiating with employers in the public, private and third sectors. She currently specialises in equality focussed bargaining, working to address discrimination in pay and reward structures, and the impact of technology on workers.

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Jodi N. Beggs

Jodi is a behavioral economist who specializes in how human psychology affects organizational and market dynamics. She is the founder of Economists Do It With Models, a company that focuses on producing educational content for use in and out of the classroom. In addition, Jodi works as an economist in the tech sector, writes for various publications, and is a competitive figure skater.

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John Girard

John Girard is an internationally recognized technology industry analyst with 30 years experience at Gartner where he led research to empower teleworking, virtual private networking, mobile device management and security. His goal is to enable managers and employees to realize the benefits of technology by understanding the ways that it can enhance human interactions.

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Jon T. Mandracchia, PhD

Jon Mandracchia earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri. His research focuses on suicide, particularly among offender populations, as well as maladaptive thinking patterns that perpetuate criminal behavior (i.e., criminogenic thinking).

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Karen Kao

Karen Kao once specialized in international mergers and acquisitions. She is now a published author, among others, of the novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. “The Long View” is her first feature article.

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Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Kit-Bacon Gressitt lectures in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University San Marcos. Her writing appears in various news and literary publications and at

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Leigh Caldwell

Leigh is a cognitive economist, mathematician and founder of Irrational Agency (, a research consultancy that develops strategy for brands and companies based on measuring the unconscious behaviour of consumers. He is author of The Psychology of Price (2012) and the blog.

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Leigh Phillips

Leigh Phillips is a science writer and political journalist whose work has appeared in Nature, Science, New Scientist, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, MIT Technology Review, and the New Statesman, amongst other publications. He is also the author of two books, Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-porn Addicts, a progressive defence of economic growth and industry within sustainability discourse, and most recently with co-author and economist Michal Rozworski, The People's Republic of Walmart, a history of the economic calculation debate.

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Mike Gould

Mike Gould is a communication consultant based in the Netherlands. He studied Social Anthropology at Sussex University. His main aim is to help people enhance the effectiveness of their communication, especially across cultures. He also teaches academic writing to PhD students from around the world and is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide for Authors – From Research Design to Publication.

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Nevin Thompson

Nevin Thompson is a copywriter, digital-marketing specialist, and Japanese-English translator who frequently writes on Japan, technology, and internet culture. He contributes a regular weekly column to online news site Global Voices, and has appeared in Quartz, Fast Company, PRI International, Japan Times and other publications. He lives on Vancouver Island with his family.

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Nia Norris

Nia Norris is a journalist in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Ms, Romper, and Next City among other publications.

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Pranay Parsuram

Pranay Parsuram completed his master’s in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has worked as an Assistant Editor at Springer Nature and as an academic and research editor and copyediting quality analyst at an English language solutions provider based in Mumbai. He has also freelanced as a copyeditor, specializing in academic and scientific articles, and has trained a number of other academic copyeditors. He currently works on the editorial team of The Habtic Standard.

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Rina Mae Acosta

Rina Mae Acosta is an American author and freelance writer currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and three children. She is the co-author of “The Happiest Kids in the World, Bringing Up Kids the Dutch Way,” which has been translated in over fifteen languages.

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Ruth Egherman

Ruth Egherman is a Director of Marketing and Sales at Artsmarketing Services, selling outbound telemarketing and telefunding services to non-profit organizations across all sectors. She has hired, trained, motivated, coached, and disciplined close to a thousand employees through her 31-year career. She especially enjoys working with employees, at all levels, to help them enhance their skills and develop new ones to advance their careers. Connect with Ruth on LinkedIn and learn more about her work at Artsmarketing Services at

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Sandra Guy

Sandra Guy is an award-winning journalist, editor and freelance writer and blogger who has written for the past 21 years for the Chicago Sun-Times. Guy served for three years (2001-2003) as president of the Chicago chapter of the Association for Women Journalists (AWJ) and has won several awards for coverage of issues involving African-American women technology professionals and their unique struggles and achievements.

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Issue 11: Still Playing
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Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie Andrews is a brand copywriter and traveling freelance journalist writing about wellness, culture and food across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. With a background in neuroscience, she’s written for and worked within the medical, defense and biotech industries. She’s also a SAG-AFTRA stuntwoman for the film industry.

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Stephen Johnston

Stephen Johnston is a professional business writer who has decades of experience working with a variety of international clients across Europe and the Middle East. His expertise ranges through virtually all business areas, including consulting, banking, logistics and corporate journalism. He holds an MA in Psychology from Carleton and McGill University.

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Steve Schwartz

Steve Schwartz studied journalism at Indiana University (USA). He worked for CBS News and as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Steve has been living in the Netherlands since 1982 and has combined writing and communications training for years.

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The Habtic Standard Editorial Team

The Habtic Standard Editorial Team occasionally dabbles in writing articles that go through the same pre-publication review process as all other articles. The team has a combined editorial experience of over 30 years.

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Issue 02: Sink or Swim
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Theodore Gering

Theodore Gering studied evolutionary biology at Harvard under Stephen Jay Gould and draws on that basis to develop digital innovations in inter-sectoral cooperation, cross-platform and cross-border cooperation. Partners include Microsoft, IBM, the World Bank, USAID, UN organizations, Public Private Partnerships and not-for-profit. He lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Tim Rease

Tim Rease worked for 25 years in telecom and financial professional services, specializing in Fortune-500 strategic projects and program management. He focuses now on wellness and alternative medicine, specializing in medical qi-gong and traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal formulas. In his free time, he is working on his second novel.

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Tori Egherman

Tori Egherman is a writer and storyteller who trains academics to communicate their research to a lay audience. Her work has been published on Frontline and The Guardian, as well as several other publications. Tori is co-author of the book Iran: View from Here and co-editor of Hope, Votes & Bullets.

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Wendy Hirsch

Wendy Hirsch helps organizations turn their great ideas into great achievements by mastering the art and science of change. She is the author of The Implementer’s Starter Kit and writes about evidenced-based change management for and on her blog at

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Yen M. To, PhD

Yen To has a PhD in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University and is currently the Director of Assessment and Accreditation at Missouri Western StateUniversity in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She leads institutional-wide assessment of program outcomes and student learning while managing institutional accreditation efforts. She also directly oversees the Institutional Research office and manages federal and state reporting on behalf of the University.

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Zoë Beery

Zoë Beery is a freelance reporter covering cultural and political change. A former editor at the Village Voice, she has contributed to the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, the Baffler and many other publications.

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