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What Does It Mean? | The Role Of The Interpreter

A Richard Feynman lesson in cultivating and connecting curiosity.

An interpreter goes beyond translating and connects the relevance for each party with wider contextualising viabilities. The role exists to drive fascination into the heart of the conversation and activity which in turn ignites the potential and awe (thank you Mr Silva) into the possible.

For nearly a decade this is what I’ve been attempting: interpreting the new and emerging technologies and platforms into wonder and relevant context for each audience / client. With the emergence of curation as a skill set, the ability to extend the conversation and apply situational probabilities is becoming a differentiator.

(And loving being reminded how again process is more important than product in the above video.)


Recently I’ve had the good fortune to dive deeper into this role as a conscious interpreter through the following gigs:

Keynote speaker and workshop taker at IntegratED, Portland

“If you are looking for someone to engage your audience with authentic stories, reflection and laughter then DK is your guy! He doesn’t just speak to your participants he immerses himself in your conference, which makes his “social” message grow 10 fold in the hearts and minds of your community.”
Darren Hudgins, Director of Integrated Events, OETC

Digital strategy advisor / facilitator for IBI Group, Portland / San Fransisco

“DK has been helping us think through vital futures for IBI Group. He asks the right questions, guides us towards solutions and most importantly is a deep listener. DK makes it about us, not about him and you couldn’t find a more important quality in a facilitator and consultant.”
Charles Finley, Global Director for Marketing and Communications

Creative consultant / advisor plus speaker in Missoula, Montana

“We had the honor of hosting DK at a series of events in Missoula, Montana (a round table master class, a public presentation for a couple of hundred folks, and a University specific presentation.) Each program was exceptionally tailored for that audience. DK was brilliant, warm and inspiring.”
Elke Govertsen, CEO and Founder of Mamalode Magazine

“DK brings a fresh and powerful perspective on social media that helps you see the big picture and then figure out what it means for you. Working with DK is stimulating, practical and above all fun!”
Paul Gladen, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, University of Montana

UPDATE: Watch the video of the talk here

Closing keynote speaker at Sandbox Summit, MIT, Boston.

“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.”
Wendy Smolen, Cofounder, Sandbox Summit

Consultant at Hasbro, Providence, Rhode Island

“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.”
Phil Sage, Hasbro

Attendee / speaker at Catalyst Week and Creativ Week, Las Vegas, founded in 2012 in partnership with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project

UPDATE: WATCH my talk here

“DK was an engaging speaker at CatalystCreativ’s March Catalyst Week Showcase. He drew the audience into his talk with his research on how wisdom plays into systems and held their attention by posing important and thoughtful questions on this discussion. In his talk, he explored how wisdom plays into individual responsibility so that we can better how it plays into the systems around us.”
Evelyn Sabino, Communications & Events Manager at CatalystCreativ

Speaker / advisor at New Canaan Library and Darien Library, Connecticut

“DK’s high energy, intellectually stimulating presentation to our combined teams has really resonated with all of us. Many of my leadership team commented that it was the best professional learning experience that they had attended in many years. Our entire team enjoyed and learned. DK’s presentation has sparked all manner of continuing conversation on how we engage with our community and is impacting on our work programme already.”
Lisa Oldham, Executive Director, New Canaan Library, Connecticut

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Brainpickings video hat-tip

The Future Of Now | Designing Social

dowa session

“Let’s just forget about the future, And get on with the past” Sting

Imagine designing a classroom. A place for learning and the cultivation of curiosity.

Four walls. Ceiling and a floor. Some windows and a door. Other elements like power sockets, furniture, projector, whiteboards, light switches. Focus on that light switch. It could be a dimmer or maybe a couple of configurations laid out as buttons in a vertical line. It’s usually just on or off.

Replace it with a camera. Now with existing gestural technology and software the users of the room have the potential to wave their hand or hold up a certain amount of fingers to make it work.

What if the camera was ‘broken’. Left open for the students to decide how it will function and better still to learn how to programme to make it work. Maybe they replace it with a microphone as they want voice commands (and it changes to recognise different languages for what is being taught that day in class). Or the camera recognises colour which in turn light the room the same way.

Now, not only is the classroom designed as a place to learn but also a space to learn how to use.


‘The Future Of Now’ was the title of a talk / workshop developed and delivered to the wonderful souls at DOWA-IBI Group Architects, Portland, Oregon (during my stateside trip in July).

The above was a response I gave when one of the architects asked for a very specific application to some of the social media / technologies in their future designs.

The official line:

DK was engaging, informative and thoughtful. He challenged us to think differently. The take away was: what is has already become what was and we should consider what will be with the opportunities available today.

For a firm like us we welcome that challenge.
John Weekes, Co-Founder, DOWA-IBI Group Architects