Intersecting Influences | Looking For Collaborating Opportunities

Throwing a request out in the universe.

There’s a great essay by Alan Moore on the creation of “V for Vendetta” where towards the end, he outlines the preciousness of true collaboration:

“V is something that happens at the point where my warped personality meets David’s warped personality, and it is something that neither of us could do either by ourselves or working with another artist or writer. Despite the way that some of the series’ admirers choose to view it, it isn’t “Alan Moore’s V” or “David Lloyd’s V.” It’s a joint effort in every sense of the word, because after trying the alternatives, that is the only way that comics can ever work. There is absolutely no sense in a writer trying to bludgeon his artist to death with vast and over-written captions, any more than an artist should try to bury his writer within a huge and impressive gallery of pretty pictures. What’s called for is teamwork, in the grand tradition of Hope and Crosby, Tate and Lyle, Pinky and Perky, or The Two Ronnies. Hopefully, that’s what we’ve got.”

Read the whole essay here

So:

CAN YOU HELP?

Am hungry to COLLABORATE with good humans & BUILD audacious things – and looking for opportunities which have a DK-shaped-hole in their current operations.

I excel at:

  • making the complicated simple (see my ‘creative producing’ work)
  • aiding people to find their voice (see my ‘speaker coaching’ stuff)
  • achieving creative excellence (see my TEDxWellington & Creative Welly offerings)!

Have worked on five continents, been in the tech space, worked at senior level of local government, delivered for central government clients, done events at scale with 6 figure budgets and thousands of people plus also at cost at the 1-2-1 level.

Am also open to this being in any part of the world with large or small entities who share the values of creativity, kindness and aiming to make the world a better place.

Asking here where the community should already know me, what I’m capable of and also have an idea of what I should be doing with my life when I grow up :-)

Can you help / tag someone in / like or share the post (as then more people see it) / hit me up in DM’s to explore further, please?

For a fuller picture of me and my pedigree click here – thanks in advance for your time!

The above is posted on LinkedIn yesterday.
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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #6 | Painting, Hearings & Sampling

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

This ninety minute video is both short stories of experience from a specific art school whilst also creating a hyper-realistic portion of an oil painting. It’s an odd but compelling and complimentary way . Scott’s candor and humility is evident as he navigates the boundaries of truth and compassion to those he’s sharing stories about, as well as his insane talent as he casually build out a portion of his painting.

Full of emotion and measured sentiment, situated in a political arena and specific to a cause, this is immense. It’s a poignantly delivered demonstration of how to both ask for something (health coverage for the first responders of the 9/11 attack) in a way which also illustrates the incredulous system for health care in the US (the bill did finally get passed for the workers to access to the coverage they needed).

A visual illustration of how the electronic duo Daft Punk snips samples from other songs to make up their own tunes. Offered without narration, this is another example of how showing rather than telling works so much better. It will also make you smile at how some of those well known tunes came into being. Clever stuff from Tracklib, an online record store for sampling.


All offered up to inspire, teach and make you smile / think.

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Time With Rilke | A Rhapsodic Swiss Side Quest

Rilke bronze bust at Kunst Museum Winterthur
Rilke bronze bust at Kunst Museum Winterthur.

Figuratively and literally.

A few days ago, on a wonderfully fresh summers morning, I entered the Kunst Museum Winterthur in Northern Switzerland (twenty minutes outside of Zurich) for a private viewing of the Fritz Huf bronze head sculpture of poet Rainer Maria Rilke (see above). On the same day I traveled the two and a half hours into the Swiss Alps and to a tiny municipality called Raron (population nearly two thousand), to visit the grave of Rilke (see below):

Rilke's grave in Raron.
Rilke’s grave in Raron.

This story started in November 2018 when I came across this web article featuring the sculpture. It moved me deeply and after some research I found the museum which housed the piece and reached out to inquire as to its status. It was held in the archive and not currently shown.

The wonderful staff there sent me some information on it and also shared it was owned by a small Swiss municipality (on the Italian border), Commune di Collina d’oro (whom I tried to contact to no avail).

Apparently, the artist Huf had met Rilke in 1915 and the next day a portrait session occurred, although he went on to complete the work from memory. And what a sensitive and attentive creation it is. Small but bold, it evokes so much of the character of the subject through the slightly embellished elements of the features: from the gentle amplification of the brow, the plumpness of the round closed eyes, to the withdrawn cheeks to reveal the cheek bones and the fullness of the lips under the sweeping moustache.

So from first discovering this artistic impression of a poet who has spoken to me for so long, here I am, nearly four years later, spending over an hour in its company. It was very hard to leave:

There you are. In repose. Tenderly positioned, offering yourself to the darkness, again. A vulnerable attempt of being. Be careful what you find, please. But thank you far taking the plunge into the depths of the emotional landscape; a journey as an attempt to create connections between the worlds. A dimensional shift in experiencing the slavering potential of the soul.
Did it spare your spirit? How enriching to your present state was it? Where did the dangerous adventures finally exact its toll?
For such quests of longing and braveness means risking yourself for what: words? Ideas? Metaphor? You will never know the admiration. The gratefulness of others. How impressive you are to us. Then again would you care? It would probably arrest you for the briefest of time until you again hear the call of the black, sweet space between here and the invitation to explore deeper. And you would close your eyes, once more, and retreat into your melancholic kingdom.

What followed was an equally arresting afternoon trip and experience of visiting Rilke’s final resting place. Through and into the Swiss Alps via two train stops, just a short walk from the Raron’s train station I found myself at the foot of the rock spur which aloft sits the 16th Century St. Romanus Church and the aforementioned grave. At the foot is also the St. Michael rock church, which was created by carving out 6000 m3 of rock and opened in 1974 with a capacity for 500 people.

To get to the grave is a steep climb upwards and around the hill which whacks the breathe out of you⁠—although what a reward!

Apart from the small but impressive church and the grave of the poet, it’s the view out from where Rilke lays which is heavy in beauty (so much so i nearly missed my connecting train back out of the valley, so lost was I in the present vista):

The view of Raron from Rilke's grave
The view of Raron from Rilke’s grave

Of course you would be buried in such a luscious place like this.
Away from us all, elevated, remote, surrounded by splendid scenes to excite and overwhelm.
Teaching us still, that at the end of any challenging journey there’s potential for peace.

After reading so much of the mans words over the past twenty years and tweeting far too many of his lines (neatly curated here if you care), this has been an adventure in coming closer to a poet who’s work is soaked in melancholy and drenched in metaphor.

For those who are a fan if his work and find themselves in this part of Europe I urge you to explore the above locations as I guarantee it will be fuel for the soul which will echo deep within. As the man wrote:

Like someone on the final hill, which one more time shows him his entire valley, who turns, pauses, lingers—and so we live, constantly saying farewell.

The deepest of thanks to Angelika for making the bust available to view at the fantastic Kunst Museum Winterthur.
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#44 July 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

A bunch of things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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What happens when someone looked into 34 Top Real-World Blockchain Projects.

Amazing new apartment building in Amsterdam is new housing for wildlife, not just humans (easy to mandate for courageous councils / governments) plus Toronto has booted the silly data-grabbing Sidewalks Labs city concept to the curb for a more human-centred approach (tip: it’s not ‘smart’ to suck up peoples data and make money from it without them knowing or having the ability to opt out no matter what context).

Beta (ex-BookFace) is on the offensive again quoting studies to back it’s claims it doesn’t / didn’t have a negative effect on democracy although some journalists are having none of it.

Wonderfully presented and written piece about the rise of AI Created Fiction.

Great decision by Minecraft to not allow NFTs on its gaming platform.

There’s this “Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs): Beyond the Hype” white paper from the World Economic Forum (check out the strengths / weaknesses table as it’s a great summariser).

Why climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation.

Earlier this year, NASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-sized planets (SEVEN) found in the habitable zone of a single star, called TRAPPIST-1.

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Pixabay’s audio section for thousands of music and audio tracks, free for commercial and non-commercial use.

iColor Palette generates a color palette / swatches from image or image url.

Turn audio into amazing videos Astrofox.

All the ships in the sea.

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People, Time, Place | The Erratic Elements Of Life

The people / time / place coefficient.

Sometimes, the people are right, it’s just the wrong time and place.

On other occasions, the chances time-out but the people and place still fit.

Then there’s the opportunity syncing with the place, however, those who are around don’t match.

Sometimes, all the elements are there and make total sense, it’s just not what was expected and / or wanted.

The varied pathways which form our possible lives are multitudinous beyond belief due to their ever shifting elemental permutations and fluctuations⁠—it’s amazing how anything ever happens intentionally.

And yet here we are, expending so much energy to make ‘it happen’ (because consciously or not, we know every chance-possibility might be nudged in our favour due to the effort).

Attempting with wild abandon to make things fit (because of previous failings still stinging the spirit into action).

Throwing ourselves in with all our might to align all the jumbled elements available (because it’s our nature).

No wonder we’re exhausted!

I wish for you the right people, at the right time, together, in the right place.

*the above is an actual recent Wordle experience I had which sparked this brain-fart of a blog post.

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Returning To The Fatherland | Dod yn ôl at fy nghoed

It’s been 3 years since I was last in the company of family and friends there⁠—feels more like a decade.

I’ll be back in Wales from next month and the plan is to linger (with a few side adventures into Europe), reconnect with humans, the land, plus explore creative collaborations / opportunities.

“Dod yn ôl at fy nghoed / To return to my trees, to relax and unwind, to calm your mind.”

I already have a few bookings in place for my ‘Purposeful Storytelling’ public speaking masterclasses which is a bonus and open to more (these are half-day sessions for leaders and I have a ‘beginners’ plus ‘advanced’ offer, let me know if you need further info, I also do 1-2-1 speaker coaching also plus happy to speak / consult with groups on other aspects of ‘crafting delicious learning experiences’ and storytelling).

Like many of you I would imagine, the past couple of years has been about challenges and consolidation. Judging by the response I got from this LinkedIn post, the experience is not unique and it filled my spirit how many kindly reached out to share their experiences and / or left a lovely comment (even though it was a quick post and nothing I thought too deeply about as the intention was to celebrate the ‘lightness’ I was feeling). So this feels like a signifying expedition.

If you’re in what’s left of the ‘United Kingdom’, please check your diaries then let me know what your plans are from mid August onwards as would love to reconnect / spend time together (albeit socially distanced and probably outdoors). See you then / there!

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#43 June 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

The Remarkables / Kawarau (from this weeks trip)

A bunch of things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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Did you know it takes ‘11,000 litres of water to make one litre of milk‘ in NZ and how it’s just not sustainable.

Read and listen to Yma o Hyd (the defiant Welsh folk song that’s been 1,600 years in the making).

Sheryl Sandberg has retired from BookFace (now meatr), what an awful legacy she has to take with her (like this: they banned accounts promoting disinformation, spam, or propaganda—and kept the money it made from ads).

The crypto industry is spending more on lobbying than the entire United States defense sector combined, don’t get involved in this corrupt space (if you do just be a watcher of the “hollow abstractions” from crypto advocates).

A cybersecurity researchers’ take on how Web3, NFTs, and cryptocurrency are dangerous to society and the planet.

In the USA, the federal government buys our cell phone location data, this is how.

In the UK here’s an overview of what’s happened in the six years since Brexit (spoiler: all bad).

An interesting take on the ‘pandemic’s social death‘ as it’s all become a little too quiet (as all the numbers keep climbing).

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Open Source Alternative to… are 300+ popular open source alternatives to your proprietary software.

Switching to Firefox as they recently rolled out ‘Total Cookie Protection’ by default to all users worldwide.

Go full screen (trust me) and spend time with the top 100 Hubble images.

The economic state of every OECD country (here’s Aotearoa / New Zealand).

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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #5 | Macbeth, Climate Change & Poetry

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

For some reason the YouTube video won’t embed so please click the above image to view.

Deconstructing other peoples work is a way of extending the relevance of the piece. Revealing complexity through performative understanding in this case, reveals all the nuances of written text which is intended to be acted, by the actor themself (in this case Sir Ian McKellen). Even though the above is specific to a well known soliloquy / scene / text from Shakespeare it can stand as an example and be applied to any element of any sector / industry. A master, holding class (BONUS: watch till end to see the lesson put into action).

This in-browser investigative news story integrates graphics and motion in a wonderfully creative way, the outcome of which enables takes the viewer / reader on a visual feast of a journey through the narrative. Again, you can imagine this as an example which could be ported to other uses like an annual report of a company, an investors pitch online, an organisations future strategic commitments etc.

What a wonderfully produced, simple and effective 14 minute exploration of such a broad topic: How Poetry Works. In their delivery, Paul Tran ignites the watchers interest with simple technology use, mastery of language and superb emotional projection. Using just one poem, we’re introduced to the elements, structure and strategies (some obvious, some hidden) a poet can draw upon to convey meaning (ANOTHER BONUS: watch till end to see the lesson put into action).


All offered up to inspire, teach and make you smile / think.

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#42 May 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

A bunch of things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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The MIT Review exploring how cryptomining is affecting this New York Town (it’s not good all thanks to the greedy, vacuous pyramid scheme).

They just keep finding new ways to be utterly evil, Facebook held ‘the Facebook pages of Australian hospitals, charities, and emergency services hostage as leverage amid discussions with the country’s government regarding contentious reform proposals last year’, read ans shudder but also realise there are better ways to keep in touch / connected with people.

A report on how some videoconferencing apps may listen even when mic is off.

Really simple breakdown of the 6 principles to form healthy habits.

Interview with senior staff researcher and lecturer in computer science at UC-Berkeley, who’s been studying cryptocurrency for years, Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire” (video of lecture below from same chap is well worth your time).

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A massive curated checklist of tips to protect your digital security and privacy.

bloouikit.com is an all in one open source wireframe kit for quick design and prototyping your idea, free for commercial and personal use under CC0 License.

pixabay.com has over 2.6 million+ high quality stock images, videos and music for your creative projects (under CC licenses).

Find purposeful work & community around the Sustainable Development Goals via sdg.careers.

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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #4 | Amadeus, All The Jedi & Leadership

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

An augmentation of a scene from the film, Amadeus, wonderfully revealing the musical literacies of two artists working on what will become Confutatis. By adding these new visual aspects to an already existing work it reveals the hidden brilliance of the story and the characters impact. Bravo!

A further example of when new layers add more impact to an existing story narrative (the above is extended from the previous version). Another demonstration of how you can amplify an existing storyline with references of previous lore which serves the fandom deeply. Goosebumps.

As slightly different but with the same approach to augmenting a scene with additional content is the above. Speaking over a peculiar short piece of shaky footage from a musical festival, Derek Sivers adds a compendium of leadership insights in such a short space of time. So simple yet so effective.


All offered up to inspire, teach and make you smile / think.

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