Our Principles

Embrace complexity

We’re heading into a future with no simple answers. Technology, for example, has brought about extraordinary progress, but it has also created unprecedented challenges. We need to accept these complexities fearlessly if we want to make a better future for everyone.

Think big picture

We’re not just thinking about how to increase ROI over the next two or three quarters. We’re thinking about how our wider society is changing over the next 5-10-20 years and beyond, and how we can develop and fit into new models and frameworks.

Question dogma

We embrace new evidence and are willing to challenge our own status quo. We aren’t inflexible champions of technology, and we aren’t attached to a particular model of society.

Be inclusive

Our events and programs welcome people from all sectors of society, and we work hard to make them accessible to a broad range of people.

Be robust & credible

While nobody knows what the future holds, our work is evidence-based and defensible.

Embrace global & local

We don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution. We bring expertise from all over the world and offer it in service of local expertise and contextual wisdom.

Work towards outcomes

We don’t just deliver talkfests. All our events and programs are designed for participants to generate tangible results.

Our Founders

Kaila Colbin

CEO & Founder, Boma New Zealand

Kaila Colbin is a co-founder of Boma Global and the CEO of Boma New Zealand. She spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity. She is also a co-founder of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd; and Deputy Chair of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events, and economic development. Kaila is a certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s Dare To Lead™ program, a certified ExO consultant and a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Lara Stein

Chairman & Founder, Boma

Prior to founding Boma, Lara was the Executive Director of Women’s March Global, where she built the Women's March Global platform and oversaw all Women's March initiatives outside of the US. Previously Ms. Stein was MD Global Development at Singularity University, responsible for Singularity University's global expansion and implementation vision and strategy. Prior to her time at SU, Lara was the founder and director of the TEDx program at the TED Conferences, creating and leading the effort to bring TED to the world by developing a program that granted free licenses to third parties to organize independent TED-like events. Stein also currently sits on the board of Equality Now, dedicated to creating a more just world for women and girls and Lalela, a non-profit dedicated to education through the arts in South Africa.

Michel Lévy-Provencal

CEO & Founder, Boma France

Michel is a futurist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the first European TEDx conference, TEDxParis. He co-founded Rue89, the Joshfire agency, and the Brightness agency. He also runs a local speaker bureau, Échappée Volée, which has 2,000+ speaker relationships. Michel is a contributor to Sciences Po as well as a columnist for Les Échos and the Huffington Post.

Stephan Balzer

CEO & Founder, Boma Germany

Stephan is a pioneer of the German new media scene. He is the founder of red onion GmbH in Berlin and launched TEDx in Germany and SingularityU Germany. He trained over 300 speakers and has more than 2,000 speaker relationships

Our Global Team

Becca Pace

Head of Global Partnerships

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Gerard Netro

Video Editor

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Hanna Brady

Writer

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Jennifer Halweil

Digital Content Strategist

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Jolene Creighton

Editorial Director

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Lara Stein

Founder, Chairman

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Steve Garguilo

Head of Boma Institute

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Our Country
Partners

Boma Brazil

Boma France

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Michel Levy Provençal

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Nawal Hamitouche

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Solange Derrey

Boma New Zealand

Boma Poland

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Aleksandra Dudek

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Filiberto Amati

Our Supporters

What is Boma?

Boma is a global network of local partners offering transformational learning experiences (summits, executive programmes, workshops, etc.) so that, in a world of dramatic and continuous change, we can be more intentional and intelligent about the future.

Our Ecosystem

Boma is about more than events. It is about the network of individuals and organizations that are designing, educating, and driving change. We believe that systems change can only happen when everyone is involved in the conversation — from government leaders, corporate bodies, and entrpreneurs to communities, non-profits, and youth—everyone.

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Our History

The Chairman and Founder of Boma Global, Lara Stein, created the TEDx program at TED, and grew it into a global movement with more than 15,000 events and more than 1 billion video views.

Through her work with TEDx, Lara learned the innovation power of local communities, and how to harness this power. She also learned how to build a massive volunteer network and how to sustain it long term. After leaving TED, she joined Singularity University, to build a decentralized network of country partners and take them global.

Now, she has joined forces with dozens of country, corporate and community partners with an intimate understanding and appreciation of the power of large-scale, decentralized networks.

Together they're creating new global network that supports business leaders, politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, young people and grassroots organizers to navigate our rapidly changing world, helping create a better, more sustainable and human centered future for us all.

Why BOMA?

The world around us is changing faster than ever. And it’s not just technology. Sociopolitical change. Geopolitical change. Climate change. Changes in our structures and economic systems. How can anyone keep up? How can our organizations and institutions adapt and thrive in a future that looks nothing like the past? How can we thrive in this future?

To navigate our highly uncertain world, we need a new kind of conversation. Boma's global network enables business leaders, politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, young people, and changemakers to navigate this rapidly changing world so that they can be more intentional and intelligent about the future they're creating.

At Boma, we don't challenge you to change the world. We empower you to change your world.

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Origin of the word “BOMA”

The roots of the word “Boma” date back to Africa — the cradle of humankind — and lie in the languages spoken in the African Great Lakes. The Boma was a circular enclosure for the community and elders to gather, normally built out of branches. It was a sacred space for community gatherings and meaningful discussions to be had, a space where decisions were made, and actions were taken.