Alright, so first thing that may not have been entirely obvious from my big teutonic name. Maximillian Kaizen is an xx-chromosomer, and a fairly little one at that >>
The What-Do-You-Do Version:
Hunter of Genius. I help intrepid humans make/do tough stuff they’re proud of. By whatever means.
I research, speak on and create experiences around the future of work, trust economics and neoleisure. With a heavy bias to the mashup of creativity, tech, open innovation, and scientific method.
I champion the lesser-celebrated, but potent force that is indie capitalism (profitable & significant side-projects) and intrepreneurship (profitable & significant side-projects – but inside big companies) through immersive learning programs in essential 21st century business practices, tools & trends. Consulting specialities in new business models and transmedia digital marketing.
Deploying intelligent leisure escapades for the cognitively adventurous.
Why? Because if smart is the new sexy – it just might save our asses.
How do we use the machines + the cognitive surplus of ingenious humans to help us avoid the dark forces of the idiocracy? And quickly.
The 3rd Person Version:
[ You’re most welcome to snip and edit as needed, if I’m presenting for your conference/event << if this is you, THANKS]
Maximillian Kaizen is a hunter of genius. She develops accelerated learning programs to help intrepid humans strengthen their opportunities, cognitive capacity and critical new skills for a world where work – and reality – is now open for remix.
(Oh, and make far more interesting use of their leisure time).
She brings commercial expertise and marketing geekery from being partner and programme director at Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy. Melting tech terror for major corporate clients, from the financial sector to national broadcasters.
As a director at Treeshake she helps big
old companies rediscover their youthful intrapreneurial spirit; and helps matchmake them with sexy startups that need scale.
From global non-profit, Creative Commons, where she served as Public Lead for South Africa: a fresh approach to more flexible intellectual property with digital tools for governments, artists, scientists and business to safely share their works for faster innovation and richer human culture. She champions the protection of digital rights like universal access, open-education, open-science.
She’s proudly been part of Business Acumen for Artists at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business since 2008, variously as co-director, lecturer, mentor and developing the mentorship program for this innovative business school program, that has truly changed lives and fortunes of creative entrepreneurs.
Max does talks, debates and lectures, variously at universities, business and cultural conferences focus on adventurous global entrepreneurship, indie capitalism, new business models and the alternative ways to finance them now.
There are fewer jobs, but more work than ever (for resourceful humans) – so Max takes this license to skill, very seriously. It has the power flip economic prospects, both at macro- and human-scale, it matters.
[She also has a steadfast duty to share the delights of very nerdy adventures wherever possible. Endeavouring for the sake of our species, to make smart the new sexy].
But wait… you *have* to be interesting/interested if you’ve made it this far.
How can I help?