Maximillian Kaizen is a researcher, educator, activist and big fan of tinkering. Chiefly fostering happy relations between humans and machines, somewhere in the mashup of art, commerce and science.
Max is Public Lead for Creative Commons in South Africa, a global organisation that develops and supports the practical copyright and intellectual property 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 where government, business and civil society meet.
As partner and programme director at the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, she develops courses, field-trips and masterclasses that crack open useful tools, cultural practices and practical digital strategies. Specialising in the discovery and implementation of new business models in the re-shaping of global culture and economics.
She has proudly been part of Business Acumen for Artists at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business since 2006, lecturing and developing the mentorship program for one of the most innovative business school programs, that has truly changed lives and fortunes of creators.
Max is an instigator of energetically nerdy pursuits, endeavouring for the sake of our species, to make smart the new sexy.