A qualitative researcher and semiotician, Marina is interested in contemporary Russian culture’s myths and metaphors, She is completing a PhD on the ethical dimension of the language & semiotics of otherness. Inspired by Plato's dialogues and Beckett's plays, Marina dreams of transforming the focus group into a new genre of sociological theatre. By getting rid of the one-way mirror she aims to kill three birds with one stone, achieving the goals of aesthetic pleasure, consumer knowledge and transparency.
Jo Peters is a Planning Director at media agency, Carat, in London where she works on campaigns for international clients including adidas, Swatch and Philips. Jo has worked with media and brands for 20 years. Her career highlights include commissioning her filmmaking heroes to work for Sony, organizing a world tour of clubs with Levi’s and i-D magazine and, as The Scout at WPP’s Mindshare, running an international community identifying emerging cultural trends.
Dan set up creative practice Not Actual Size back in 2007. The earlier part of his career included a stint as Head of PR at Sony Interactive Europe where he handled the Playstation launch, and 5 years as a board director at the global PR giant Hill & Knowlton where he ran the global Adidas, Carlsberg and Gillette business. He is also a regular speaker and judge on award juries for both the advertising and PR industries (including D&AD, and PR Week).