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Hera van Willick

Hera van Willick was born in the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands in 1985. She studied music, with singing as her main subject, at the conservatory of Utrecht. After graduating she took theater and acting courses at different academies. At the age of 24, driven by a deep rooted desire to see the world and go on an independent adventure, she set off on a 6 month solo bicycle trip around south east Asia. After four more years of studying and working as a singing and acting teacher she decided to no longer pursue a career in theater.

          Her craving to see the world had grown too strong to negate. She cycled from the Netherlands to Thailand and back from Turkey to the Netherlands over the course of 14 months. Back home she started speaking at different occasions about her travels and the insights she gained along the way. In 2014 she set off on another 13 month trip, this time crossing north and central America, from Alaska to Costa Rica. Today she lives in a small cabin in the Dutch countryside, works as a bicycle messenger and inspirational speaker and studies philosophy at the Radboud University.

Sander van der Linden

Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. He has won numerous awards for his research on human judgment, communication, and decision-making, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Sage Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Frank Prize in Public Interest Research from the University of Florida and the Sir James Cameron Medal for the Public Understanding of Risk from the Royal College of Physicians. 


His research papers have received awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). His research is regularly featured in outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the BBC and he has been described by WIRED magazine as one of “15 top thinkers” and by Fast Company Design as one “four heroes who are defending digital democracy online”. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and the book “Risk and Uncertainty in a Post-Truth Society” (Routledge, 2019). Before joining Cambridge, he held academic positions at Princeton, Yale, and the LSE.

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