Tim Rayner is a philosopher and social entrepreneur. He wrote ‘Coalition of the Willing’ (2010), a collaborative short film directed by the British film maker Simon Robson. ‘Coalition of the Willing’ was made by a network of 20 animation teams spread across three continents, totalling 77 people. It won the Grand Jury Prize (Real Life Category) at the 2010 Hampton International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival, and Best Environmental Short at 2011 FlickerFest Sydney.
Tim recieved his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2003. Between 2003 and 2008, he taught philosophy at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, edited the e-journal Contretemps, and worked towards an academic career. He has published academic research and an important philosophical book, Foucault’s Heidegger: Philosophy and Transformative Experience (Continuum 2007).
Tim’s second book, Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide (2012), uses philosophical exercises to show readers how to discover empowering opportunities in volatile situations. You can purchase a copy of Life Changing on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes. Check out Tim’s Philosophy for Change blog for his continuing existential reflections.
A recognised innovation thought leader, Tim advises start ups including the European open innovation/peer learning platform, Babele. In 2014, he helped set up the Australian arm of the global not-for-profit company, One Million Acts of Innovation. Tim is a member of the Florence Guild, a General Thinker, and a Challenger Judge at the 2015 SW/TCH Festival. He has delivered talks on collaborative culture at F5 (New York), In the Room (Sydney), and the DiG Festival (Newcastle). He has been interviewed for CNN Online, BRW, ABC Radio, and Radio National Philosopher’s Zone.
Tim is currently completing a business innovation book on gift economics. This book ties together several of the threads that he has developed in his work of recent years. He will start blogging on the content of this book soon. In the meantime, he tweets @timrayner01.