The following inspirational people will be solicited for input to the Magical Mathematics Museum, but everyone who is interested is welcome to change, argue or add to the ideas presented here.
Matt Taylor (student of Frank Lloyd Wright; designer of Davos Workspace, World Economic Forum; MG Taylor Corporation), Kazuya Morita (Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, Kyoto)
Nat Friedman (The International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture), Bathsheba Grossman (Mathematically inspired artist)
Bill Richie & Tanya Thompson (ThinkFun), Carlos Neumann (Zometool Inc.), Kate Kadon (Kadon Enterprises)
Board Game Designers:
Kris Burm (top pure strategy game designer)
Reiner Knizia (top game designer)
Board Game Educators:
Scott Nicholson (games pod cast), Scott Alden (creator of www.boardgamegeek.com)
Board Game Researchers:
Geetha Ramani and Robert Siegler (demonstrated long term benefits of pre-preschoolers playing a number game. Child Development, 79(2), 375-394)
Jerry Slocum, Scott Kim, Erich Friedman, Ivan Moscovich, Dennis Shasha
Arthur Benjamin, Persi Diaconis, Jim Totten (see comments below)
Albrecht Beutelspacher (Mathematikum), George Thomas (MathCamp, Math Path), Andy Liu & Ted Lewis (SNAP Math Fair), Tom Rudmik (Master's Academy), Ilan Chabay (The New Curiosity Shop), Tom Rodgers (Gathering 4 Gardner)
Bill Richie (CEO of ThinkFun) suggested David Eggers as an institutional innovator. His "826 Valencia" hooks school aged students onto the literary arts by giving them 1 to 1 authentic feedback. Each expression of "826 Valencia" uses a cool storefront to advertise its presence. The original sells pirate supplies - another sells costumes for superheroes. You can see David Eggers give an inspirational talk on www.ted.com
Popularizers and Educators of Mathematics
Ian Stewart (University of Warwick), Peggy Kaye (author of "Games for Math"), Antonio Gutierrez (web site "Geometry from the Land of the Incas"), David Leeming (Editor "Pi in the Sky" published by the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences), Jean Springer (Alberta Women's Network), Indy Lagu (Mount Royal College), Malgorzata Dubiel (Simon Fraser University), Richard Guy & Robert Woodrow & Bill Sands (University of Calgary).
Inspirations from the past
Júlio César de Mello e Souza (1895-1974) was a mathematician and educator who argued against classroom instruction and for mathematical laboratories and games. He achieved worldwide fame under the pen name Malba Tahan. His book "The Man who Counted" is still a best seller. His native Brazil never took his ideas on mathematics education seriously.
A second MaMaMu, located in Brazil, is to be dedicated to Júlio César de Mello e Souza.
Leo Moser (1921-1970) was a first rate mathematician at the University of Alberta. He believed children should be exposed to the unsolved problems of mathematics.