Hi, I'm DK!

Activator, speaker, producer
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About

INSPIRING CHANGE THROUGH ASKING BETTER QUESTIONS AND MAKING FOLKS THINK AND/OR SMILE.

Currently:

Have:

  • founded leading social media training / consulting agency, MediaSnackers (a term I coined early 2004/5’ish) plus CEO / executive-level mentoring firm, Social Media For Suits, both ‘paused’ in 2011
  • been part of online communities and blogging since 2000 plus produced over 200 podcasts and vodcasts
  • spent nearly a year with Design Thinking agency Empathy Design

Currently based in the coolest capital in the world, and work internationally.

Yes, DK is my (legal) name. Just a D and a K.

Clients

NEARLY A DECADE & 200+ BRANDS / ORGANISATIONS AND COUNTING. HERE'S A FLAVOUR:

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gates client small
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bt client small
ubisoft client small
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“DK’s closing keynote for Sandbox Summit at MIT had everyone standing on their feet and dancing. As usual, he struck just the right balance of intelligence, imagination, and inspiration.”
Speaking at Sandbox Summit
“DK brings a new level of depth and perspective to how social media affects business and business building, how and why it impacts, focusing on core issues, generating tangible and growth strategy solutions.”
Roundtable at Hasbro
“That was the most useful lecture of my whole University degree.”
Advising at Massey Uni Student

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Services

How I pay the rent

ADVISOR

Insights, guidance, ideas on better ways of using social media / technologies. Simples.

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SPEAKER

Welsh-toned energetic talks brimming with juicy examples and tasty adaptable concepts.

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PRODUCER

Fantastic events plus helpful guides for wonderful souls like you to attend / buy.

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Latest from the Better Questions Blog

2015 Review | Taking Stock, Switching Paths, Future Gazing

Recapping the year and welcoming the future.

In terms of gigs in 2015, the final total was 3 keynotes, 6 other talks, 2 workshops, 4 roundtables, 2 facilitations (totalling 6 days), 18 mentor sessions, 2 consults, and 2 MC gigs (R9 Accelerator and AnimFX).

Many of the above you can read about here and here—heartfelt thanks to all the clients for the opportunity to continue to learn and hone my craft.

There were some mammoth highlights professionally in terms of my own personal development and achievements, however, the challenge was always sustaining regular gigs from my base in Wellington, NZ.

As for my online efforts, a modest offering compared to previous years:

The last in the list is a post indicating where the majority of my days will now be focussed in 2016 (the rest of my time being split amongst TEDxWellington plus a personal pledge to recommit myself to punching again).

The new job takes me away from the specific social media sector and into a broader ‘smart cities’ and ecosystem development space. The long-term goal of which is threefold:

  1. have the City Council (who provide the funds both for the role plus operational budget), widen it’s commitment beyond the three years;
  2. for Wellington to start to attract global interest in terms of the work we’re doing, evidenced by web traffic, enquiries and invitations to share;
  3. make people smile and / or think.

Obviously, all of the above relies on demonstrating a causal link between the activities of the Collider programme and the more connected and effective creative, digital and tech city ecosystem. An audacious challenge, but then again, if we aren’t being audacious then what’s the point in turning up‽

Come at me 2016!