ooom | list • the World’s 100 Most Inspiring People

in print | no. 81: Ray Kurzweil • for year 2017
January 1, 2020

publication: ooom
column: special feature
story title: list — the World’s 100 Most Inspiring People
deck: no. 81 | Ray Kurzweil
year: list for 2017
issue: no. 7 + no. 8
author: by Georg Kindel
date: December 2017

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— about the list —

Recognizing influential leaders.

Who inspired, influenced, motivated and fascinated us most in 2017 — ooom presents: the World’s 100 Most Inspiring People for year 2017. Football icon Colin Kaepernick — the first NFL star who chose to kneel during the national anthem, to show protest against police brutality toward people of color —  has topped this year’s list. Actress Emma Watson was ranked 2-nd — in recognition of her commitment to charities. Followed by French national president Emmanuel Macron in 3-rd place.

Our mission.

Our ooom motto is inspiring people — that’s our mission. We’re entrepreneurs, publishers, media and communications experts, and consultants. In a digital + high-tech world, people long for inspiration.

We use our expertise, creativity, and enthusiasm to help people and companies to reach their goals in a different, better, and more sustainable way. The magazine covers visionaries, pioneers, and inspirational leaders — and is one of the leading lifestyle magazines in Germany.

Our selection process.

The list is subjective, and illustrates individuals who impressed us above all others this year — it ranks the world’s most inspiring people. The 100 names were selected by an international jury consisting of inspirational personalities.

Our selection jury.

judge: Ervin Laszlo
science philosopher
founder: Club of Budapest

judge: Mathis Wackernagel
inventor of the ecological footprint
president: Global Footprint Network

judge: Stefan Sagmeister
leading graphic designer
Sagmeister + Walsh

judge: Hans Ulrich Obrist
influential in contemporary art
artistic director: Serpentine Galleries

judge: Roger D. Nelson PhD
educator at Princeton Univ.
founder: the Global Consciousness Project

judge: Josef Penninger PhD
world-renowned scientist + geneticist
scientific director: Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

judge: Dean Radin PhD
best selling author

our process: Voted by an international jury consisting of exceptional individuals from various fields.

— Number 81 • Ray Kurzweil —

no. 81 | Ray Kurzweil

The best selling author, inventor, futurist. Without doubt, one of the most influential people in the cyber world.

  • a director of engineering at Google co.
  • co-founder of Singularity University | Singularity Education grp.
  • founder of Kurzweil Technologies co.


— the World’s 100 Most Inspiring People —

  1. Colin Kaepernick — courageous: professional football player
  2. Emma Watson — charitable: actress + activist
  3. Emmanuel Macron — brave: national president of France
  4. Elon Musk — visionary: space pioneer of Tesla co.
  5. MD? Emmanuelle Charpentier — ground-breaking: geneticist
  6. Jorge Mario Bergoglio — inspiring: as Pope Francis of the Catholic church
  7. Tenzin Gyatso — spiritual: as Dalai Lama of the Buddhist church
  8. Justin Trudeau — fair: national prime minister of Canada
  9. Garrett Camp — generous: co-founder of Uber co.
  10. Richard Branson — innovative: founder of Virgin co.
  11. Hito Steyerl — creative: video artist
  12. Leonardo DiCaprio — eco-warrior: actor + activist
  13. Mark Zuckerberg — giving back: founder of Facebook co.
  14. Ian Cheng — virtual: video artist
  15. Oprah Winfrey — responsible: actress + activist
  16. Matthieu Ricard — enlightened: author + biologist
  17. Arianna Huffington — thriving: publisher + journalist
  18. Mathis Wackernagel — sustainable: president of Global Footprint Network org.
  19. MD? Hans Clevers — game-changing: geneticist
  20. Hans Ulrich Obrist — sharing: director of Serpentine Galleries

[ complete list to 100: coming soon ]

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story title: ooom | the World’s 100 Most Inspiring People
deck: in print | no. 81: Ray Kurzweil • for year 2017
year: 2018
posted: by managing editor
section: Kurzweil Collection – press

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