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My background is wide ranging covering sales and marketing roles over 30+ years mostly in the tech /marketing sectors. I am interested in the why of projects and the quality of thinking as technology is now very much a commodity. What we do with that thinking is what makes the difference. Developing social capital and communities of interest is the best way to grow our businesses in a sustainable way. This requires collaboration, empathy, and genuine care for customers. Customers only care about the results not really the technology so much. Also involved in business as unusual and commercializing new products & services. Proud father of 1 outstanding daughter and keenly interested in her education and public policy & economics.

In 2011 and 2012 I lectured at Unitec Business School on Digital Marketing. Since '93 have spoken at media & tech related conferences plus guest lectures at a number of universities in NZ.

What gets me out of bed every day are world changing ideas.

That often involves work on many web projects & and applications online but it is the ideas that are important. I make those projects happen online by taking web content & applications to the next level from a strategic point of view. I have deep skills in code, design, architecture, usability, project management and programme leadership which means I can do anything.

However I choose to work on projects that I like with people I respect on ideas and actions that are important. http://www.raisingchildren.org.nz/ , http://www.crownfibre.govt.nz/ or http://firstspacefiber.com/ (in Senegal & SA) would be 3 recent example projects.

I have academic qualifications in Law (esp IP) Arts ( English & Politics) New Ventures (Marketing) I have worked on many startups and started at least 3 companies myself.

More significantly I have deep experience in management consulting (UK, AU, NZ) especially operations in finance & services sector, venture capital and corporate advisory including starting a merchant banking partnership. Also sales and marketing roles in the IT sector for the biggest global companies in Australia & NZ (2 of them have 3 letter names) complex selling experience.

Also practical hands on experience at running and organising not-for-profit events such as WordCampNZ and helping with TEDx Auckland in marketing & back room roles. I help with TEDx events in multiple cities where I can.

I also work with lots of musicians & film makers and other creatives who are not trying to be not for profit but media and IP changes make it hard for them to monetise.

I want to make the world a better place for my daughter and everyone else by thinking differently and changing everything that needs to be changed.

See my websites for more detail. Favourite tech products - WordPress & Apple.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

CRM, Marketing + Communications, sales, thinking, researching, advocating, entrepreneuring solutions, WordPress, product development, creative generalist, Event Management, Writing

An idea worth spreading

I'm a big fan of WordPress in particular as an enabling technology based on open source. I spoke at WordcampAu in 2008 and was one of the organisers for WordcampNZ 09 held in Wellington NZ Aug 09 which featured founder Matt Mullenweg. Many of the attendees were working on community projects where easier use of technology can have a very positive impact. We setup a charitable trust for wordcampnz to help us organise more events. (now 4 completed in NZ)

Attended Wordcamp SF in May 2010 & Aug 2012. Organiser for WordCampNZ Aug '10 attended TEDx Auckland in Oct '09, helped on TEDxAkl Sept 2010 as CRM partner. Organiser for WordCampNZ '11 Feb 2011, presented at Melbourne Wordcamp Feb 2011, lead organiser for WordcampNZ April '2012 in Auckland. Helping again with TEDx Auckland events in 2012 and 2013

I'm passionate about

The transformational power of positive relationships and doing the right thing. Happy to live in an exciting time when the internet can be used to extend reach. E.g WordPress, Kiva, Kickstarter

Talk to me about

Developing Customer capital, Better education, smarter marketing insights, developing online communities, social capital, platforms for change & taking your website to the next level.

People don't know I'm good at

Music, swimming, design

My TED story

BrianS and RemoG both introduced me to Richard Saul Wurman's work online and been watching TED develop since very early days. I've watched more that 300 TED videos. I'm particularly keen on Architecture related talks. I have been to 2 TEDx events in NZ TEDxSydney. I'm actively involved in helping grow TEDxAKL and looking to help out on some other TEDx events offshore. I have met a recent TED fellow and have worked on his project in SF. I'm also worked on a Millennium Development project in Sub Saharan Africa. I was delighted to hear that a prominent TED Africa speaker is supporting that project. Love the way NZ'ers are everywhere as changemakers.

Since early 2007 I've been making CD's and DVD compilations of videos here much the same way others do mix tapes. TED makes it easy to share great ideas with everyone. I'm a blogger & online facilitator active in many community projects on more than 150 websites

Favorite talks

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Jason Kemp
Posted 7 months ago
Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems
Wow, 25 years ago Porter had some real ideas but this talk runs out of steam and gives no real useful examples. Really wanted to like this talk but it was disappointing. Absolutely we want business to be "in the mix" solving social problems but the truth in my part of the world is that most big businesses have no inclination to solve any real social problems. I'm sure there is a useful talk on this topic but it is not this one.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 7 months ago
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
Hmm. Does anyone have a link to the medical study and was that study peer reviewed? It does seem like the view expressed in this talk is counter to the prevailing medical view of stress. That makes it confusing and potentially misleading. I also think that that some of the key points are glossed over and possibly misattributed due to problems of definition and the like. I have an issue with medical studies being mentioned with no verifiable details. If the study / studies exist give us the links please.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 8 months ago
Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?
An interesting talk with no real answers included. He steps around the politics which is a bit disappointing and the talk would have been better if he had drilled into that a bit more. We can all see the trend lines and make up hypothetical situations but when it comes down to it we are talking about real people and real lives. I know people who were relatively skilled only a few years ago who are now part of a casualised workforce now. This means that they have no guaranteed work and now have only part time work if they are lucky. In some places these are called zero hours contracts. So what is the reality. For me it comes down to a conversation I had at an airport where I was checking in for a flight. My local airport has kiosks where we checkin for almost all flights but this airport still has manual checkins because the employer and the employees haven't found a way to manage the transition. I asked the checkin person whether she wouldn't rather be doing some other job and that we could be checking in at a kiosk. She replied that she had been working at that job for many years and couldn't easily see how she could find a new better job. That is a key issue. Education and job training is not just for those coming into the workforce it is also for those being displaced by automation of some kind at their workplaces. P.S The quote regarding the future at the beginning should be attributed to Niels Bohr and not a baseball player. It's a bit distracting in what is otherwise an important talk.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 8 months ago
Shigeru Ban: Emergency shelters made from paper
For the Christchurch cardboard cathedral there are 64 cardboard tubes around 20m long. They were made locally. More details here http://www.archdaily.com/345255/shigeru-bans-cardboard-cathedral-underway-in-new-zealand/ Apparently "98 polyurethane and flame retardant-coated cardboard tube-encased beams weighing 1,100 pounds each" were used in the final tally.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 10 months ago
Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher
Thanks Min, I get that but it is hard for us to decode the culture outside of the U.S. It is clear that she is a "star teacher" who leads by example but that is only part of the story. Plenty of other schools have star teachers too. These talks have a global audience and the best ones communicate across cultural and political divides. What bothers me about the talk is the self congratulatory tone. I would guess that there are other supporting teachers as part of the mix but we don't hear about them. The talk comes across as a kind of celebrity pitch and while there might be a positive change story at the school it gets lost in the process.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 12 months ago
Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley
Loving this quote from Ken towards the end "The real role of leadership in education -- and I think it's true at the national level, the state level, at the school level -- is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility. And if you do that, people will rise to it and achieve things that you completely did not anticipate and couldn't have expected."
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Jason Kemp
Posted 12 months ago
Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher
Thanks - I believe we call them charter schools and depending on how effective your local school system is already that might make a positive difference or not. It does look like the intentions are positive. See http://www.utla.net/pilot for some background. What is curious to me about this talk is the lack of real information about what this school is doing differently and that is what I was hoping the talk would include.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 12 months ago
Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher
This is a curious talk as it is not so easy to identify clearly what it is that the school is doing that could be an idea worth spreading. If it has just cherry picked students and resources from a larger group I do wonder about the real impact on the original school. So a bit more background on the school and some metrics would be helpful. For example this clip - Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School is in the same territory but I have a clearer sense of what that school is really about.
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Jason Kemp
Posted 12 months ago
Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
The actual debate was a bit disappointing but in the context of 2 short talks and a short debate which went more for the sound bites and entertainment factor rather than a real connection to what most of us are experiencing today in our current working lives. Incredibly Eriks talk mirrored a TEDxAuckland talk that I was at in October last year on the future of augmented intelligence. I blogged about that talk over here http://www.dialogcrm.com/blog/2012/12/18/what-if-machines-people-can-work-together/ I have previously been puzzling over Robert Gordons theory and I would have loved to have seen Hazel Henderson in the mix somewhere. Elizabeth Warrens' talks in the past few years on the death of the middle class is a bit of a report on some of the same data but from another point of view. She ( along with many others) notes that even though we are working more we still can't keep up so when actual jobs are disappearing that has an even greater impact. This is an important debate that won't go away and it deserves more attention.