The names of things often define expectation of their form.
And my man-sized teutonic name might have led you astray: I, Maximillian Kaizen, am an xx-chromosomer, and a little one at that. Surprise!
Luckily, that core oddity has given me an ease with the counterintuitive, seeing beyond the surface of things, and a taste for perplexing problems. I hunt them out. It’s almost inevitably where the best clues are.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
― Carl Sagan
Remarkable (but lesser-understood)
oddballs people all too often don’t live to see their formidable powers materialise. I help them to make/do tough stuff they’re proud of. Profitably. Think Morpheus to Neo; Dumbledore to Harry. With a solid dose of 21st century business practice, for good measure.
I prepare people for heroic missions.
I help create brain-friendly, rigorous learning programs for companies who need to learn 21st century business and essential digital skills & strategy. To resourcefully turn problems into tech-enabled ideas that get built creatively, and tested using scientific method.
I research, mentor and consult on the tricky end of revenue models, trust economics, and the future of work. Especially for capital-strapped entrepreneurs and emerging markets.
My new side-project, is an escape hatch for those bright, but stuck people, who suspect there’s more to life than work-buy-display-repeat. Infusing their lives with some thrilling intelligent leisure.
The 3rd person Intro:
[Please note: this is well overdue for an edit. If you need it for a talk before the end of April, you’ll likely know where to mail me for pics and a short, up-to-date bio]
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 prowess from having been a 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 program 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 global entrepreneurship, indie business, digital business models and the alternative ways to finance them now.
There are will be increasingly fewer jobs, but more work than ever – so Max takes this license to skill, very seriously.
[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].