Study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent & original manner possible. – Richard Feynman
… ha. look at that, you scrolled down. Hello curious friend! I might be useful to you …
Me: Max Kaizen. (Yup, really).
I help upgrade people to safely & quickly transition from traditional systems close to expiry ➜ to profitable, adventurous work that might just save our collective asses in time.
Most often that means pairing people + machines to unlock economic or evolutionary opportunities >> ingenuity spawned in “intelligent leisure” (accelerated learning -the way our brains enjoy it best- intense and playful).
Okay, I know this isn’t a happy space for everyone. I serve a slim set of pioneers.
Leaving the safe shores of the known can be terrifying, but doesn’t need to be lonely or un-fun.
If you’re aching for a sabbatical, or meaningful, daring work that calls forth your finest efforts … or if you’re gently starting to panic about the future. Let’s venture out together >>
I’m an “edupunk”. An explainer/experimental teacher/extreme learner. Since 2007, I’ve taught at universities, business schools, inside multinational companies, mentored startups and indie creatives, worked individually with high-performance humans on how to understand, ford and profit from the effects and opportunities of emerging tech, in every sector of enterprise.
But it’s just too damn slow. And “elite”.
The world is transforming, speedily, in surreal sci-fi dimensions of WTF. Fresh ways of fast embedding knowledge of what’s working now is essential – for all of our sakes. Fear and anger of uncertainty are contagious; time to hit the turbo button >>
Formal education too often prepares us for a previous version of reality, which we don’t have the luxury of maintaining for much longer.
One world is irrevocably corrupted and crashing. A new one is incoming, fast. The transition is messy, and could go very very wrong.
There will be increasingly fewer jobs – but – there is MORE work than ever. Really. It just looks very different. It takes different kinds of thinking.
I get people & organisations to the safe place where those opportunities can open up. Can captivate imagination. And meet an unexpected market need, to produce new kinds of work that sometimes solve messy, complex problems.
Activating skills and creative resourcefulness to work intelligently WITH new tech. Rather than replaced by it. YES.
De-humanising jobs begone. Let the robots in. We have enough complex problems now to keep a massive variety of interdisciplinary intelligences busy.
Useful learning now looks markedly different from the traditional academic map we inherited. Lifelong learners, makers, youtubers, podcasters, digital nomads, biohackers, tech tinkerers, macguyvers, startup founders, explainers, hand-to-hand street teachers, citizen scientists, arise!
Finding your “calling” in your own combination of skills, formal and freestyle. In coworking. In travel workations. In sabbaticals. In side-projects. In multiple careers. We need to build out our full stack of new competencies to choose who we want to be next with confidence.
The traditional markers of status are shifting. Who you become, what you’ve experienced, beat what you own.
Be more interesting and useful. “Specialization is for insects“.
Applying the label “futurist” feels clunky/cringeworthy. But I’ve realised, it’s sticky and simply understood in a way “polytemporal probability researcher” isn’t.
Part of my utility is to find, decode & share timely (and timeless) ingenuity – to hunt “genius”.
None of us have clear line-of-sight of what’s to come. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options and opinions. There is no one right way, but there are trends and probabilities. And time-tested fundamentals to refresh and build on.
I do talks and briefings on the future of work, future of money, – of transport, – of health, – of _________ (insert sector). I do help people and
big old organisations PREPARE. To make richer, evidence-based, practical decisions about the future. What’s worth paying attention to, or investing in.
There’s no prophetic guru voodoo. It’s a teachable skill, so I help others discern signal through noise too. How to use mental models and tech tools to figure what will have material value their context. To help scaffold against cognitive bias that warps clear thinking. To wield forecasting tools, anthropological clues and scientific method. To raid history for its good bits.
And begin to take test-able action.
So we can take more rewarding risks.
Throughout history, evidence points to a startling number of inventions spawned from noodling about with silly side-projects. Building things with no financial intent. Chasing a hunch. Or just learning something frivolous. With no UTILITY or efficiency. Just for fun, curiosity, a dare.
Breakthroughs can be tenaciously won from clear line-of-sight goals. But genius – the surprising, useful and novel – almost always pounces from the periphery while we’re doing other stuff.
“The next big thing will start out looking like a toy” – Chris Dixon, A16Z
Free time can be used to escape our reality temporarily, or expand our selves. Quick hit or long bet. Play eats perfectionism.
Bonus for alpha types: play is a successful antidote to anxiety. Coupled to learning, it’s unparalleled for embedding skills, and stimulating neurogenesis.
Chance favours the prepared mind – Louis Pasteur
“You have the opportunity, here and now, to choose. To become something greater and nobler, and more difficult than you were before. The universe does not offer such chances often, G’kar.” – Babylon 5
[My stealth deployment:
luring helping more bright humans safely escape their “expected” life-paths awhile, and take on meaningful, tough problems in unlikely places with smart, interesting people].