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@dknemeyer
Today’s Journey
1. See the World
2. Know Yourself
3. Redesign Yourself
@dknemeyer
1. See the World
Everything happens in the
context of a larger environment.
For people in the year 2015,
that context incl...
Is this the best time in history to be alive?
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
This is an amazing time to be a creative…
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
It is also a confusing time.
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
What do all of these things mean to you?
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
Conclusions
Our world has never been smaller,
or more complicated.
@dknemeyer
Conclusions
Our world has never been smaller,
or more complicated.
It has never been more safe,
or more at risk of catastr...
Conclusions
Our world has never been smaller,
or more complicated.
It has never been more safe,
or more at risk of catastr...
2. Know yourself
The most difficult journey most
of us will ever make is deep into
the sticky center of ourselves.
@dknemeyer
Time to think & share
What is one thing core to who you are
that you strongly identify with
& are proud of?
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
In Dec. 2013 I was…
Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had
recently failed to raise our next funding rou...
In Dec. 2013 I was…
Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had
recently failed to raise our next funding rou...
In Dec. 2013 I was…
Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had
recently failed to raise our next funding rou...
In Dec. 2013 I was…
Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had
recently failed to raise our next funding rou...
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
My Skills
Foresight
Writing
Design
Public Speaking
Determination
Analysis
Insight
Curiosity
Intensity
Empathy
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
My Objectives
1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things
@dknemeyer
My Objectives
1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things
2. Be more involved with those who matter more
@dknemeyer
My Objectives
1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things
2. Be more involved with those who matter more
3. Be globall...
My Objectives
1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things
2. Be more involved with those who matter more
3. Be globall...
My Objectives
1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things
2. Be more involved with those who matter more
3. Be globall...
What would YOUR objectives be?
@dknemeyer
3. Redesign Yourself
Changing yourself only requires
a realistic perspective,
a good design, &
the will to make it.
This m...
Process
1. Isolate problem areas
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
Isolate Problem Areas
• No Sales? No more CEO.
@dknemeyer
Isolate Problem Areas
• No Sales? No more CEO.
• No Game Development or Game Business? Get a
business partner.
@dknemeyer
Isolate Problem Areas
• No Sales? No more CEO.
• No Game Development or Game Business? Get a
business partner.
• Less Comm...
Isolate Problem Areas
• No Sales? No more CEO.
• No Game Development or Game Business? Get a
business partner.
• Less Comm...
Process
1. Isolate problem areas
2. Identify constraints
@dknemeyer
My Constraints
1. Must make enough money to support my family
@dknemeyer
My Constraints
1. Must make enough money to support my family
2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place
@dknemeyer
My Constraints
1. Must make enough money to support my family
2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place
3. Need a prim...
My Constraints
1. Must make enough money to support my family
2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place
3. Need a prim...
Process
1. Isolate problem areas
2. Identify constraints
3. Explore new directions
@dknemeyer
My Skills
Foresight
Writing
Design
Public Speaking
Determination
Analysis
Insight
Curiosity
Intensity
Empathy
@dknemeyer
New Directions
Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained
in ways that don’t work with my personality & li...
New Directions
Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained
in ways that don’t work with my personality & li...
New Directions
Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained
in ways that don’t work with my personality & li...
New Directions
Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained
in ways that don’t work with my personality & li...
New Directions
Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained
in ways that don’t work with my personality & li...
Confusion!
Where do I fit in the world???
@dknemeyer
Process
1. Isolate problem areas
2. Identify constraints
3. Explore new directions
4. Develop a plan
@dknemeyer
My Plan
Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research,
thinking, writing, and speaking
@dknemeyer
My Plan
Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research,
thinking, writing, and speaking
Reinvest myself in Involut...
My Plan
Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research,
thinking, writing, and speaking
Reinvest myself in Involut...
My Plan
Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research,
thinking, writing, and speaking
Reinvest myself in Involut...
Process
1. Isolate problem areas
2. Identify constraints
3. Explore new directions
4. Develop a plan
5. Make it happen
@dk...
So…how did it go???
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
So that’s my journey.
What are some tips for yours?
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
@dknemeyer
Each of us has just one life.
Is this how you want to spend yours?
Dare to live at the edges of your imagination!
]@dkneme...
Thank you!
Healthcare design studio: www.goinvo.com
Emerging tech podcast: www.thedigitalife.com
Tabletop game publisher: ...
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The Edges of Imagination - Big Design Conference

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Most of us live lives that, while acceptable, do not align with our core values, needs, and desires. Join Dirk as he offers a personal redesign process he applied to himself in December 2013 as the software startup he founded was unable to make its next funding round. After looking at the macro context of the world at large Dirk shares his personal journey or discovery and redesign, offering tools an inspiration for fellow creatives everywhere.

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The Edges of Imagination - Big Design Conference

  1. 1. @dknemeyer
  2. 2. Today’s Journey 1. See the World 2. Know Yourself 3. Redesign Yourself @dknemeyer
  3. 3. 1. See the World Everything happens in the context of a larger environment. For people in the year 2015, that context includes all of planet Earth. @dknemeyer
  4. 4. Is this the best time in history to be alive? @dknemeyer
  5. 5. @dknemeyer
  6. 6. @dknemeyer
  7. 7. @dknemeyer
  8. 8. @dknemeyer
  9. 9. @dknemeyer
  10. 10. This is an amazing time to be a creative… @dknemeyer
  11. 11. @dknemeyer
  12. 12. @dknemeyer
  13. 13. @dknemeyer
  14. 14. @dknemeyer
  15. 15. @dknemeyer
  16. 16. It is also a confusing time. @dknemeyer
  17. 17. @dknemeyer
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  26. 26. What do all of these things mean to you? @dknemeyer
  27. 27. @dknemeyer
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  29. 29. @dknemeyer
  30. 30. @dknemeyer
  31. 31. Conclusions Our world has never been smaller, or more complicated. @dknemeyer
  32. 32. Conclusions Our world has never been smaller, or more complicated. It has never been more safe, or more at risk of catastrophe. @dknemeyer
  33. 33. Conclusions Our world has never been smaller, or more complicated. It has never been more safe, or more at risk of catastrophe. But for the privileged, it has never offered more. @dknemeyer
  34. 34. 2. Know yourself The most difficult journey most of us will ever make is deep into the sticky center of ourselves. @dknemeyer
  35. 35. Time to think & share What is one thing core to who you are that you strongly identify with & are proud of? @dknemeyer
  36. 36. @dknemeyer
  37. 37. @dknemeyer
  38. 38. @dknemeyer
  39. 39. In Dec. 2013 I was… Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had recently failed to raise our next funding round and winding down the company @dknemeyer
  40. 40. In Dec. 2013 I was… Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had recently failed to raise our next funding round and winding down the company Chairman of Involution Studios: passively involved, providing oversight at an executive level @dknemeyer
  41. 41. In Dec. 2013 I was… Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had recently failed to raise our next funding round and winding down the company Chairman of Involution Studios: passively involved, providing oversight at an executive level Game Publisher: bootstrap designer & publisher of independent games @dknemeyer
  42. 42. In Dec. 2013 I was… Founder & CEO of Facio: enterprise software startup. Had recently failed to raise our next funding round and winding down the company Chairman of Involution Studios: passively involved, providing oversight at an executive level Game Publisher: bootstrap designer & publisher of independent games Husband & Father: providing for and nurturing my family @dknemeyer
  43. 43. @dknemeyer
  44. 44. @dknemeyer
  45. 45. My Skills Foresight Writing Design Public Speaking Determination Analysis Insight Curiosity Intensity Empathy @dknemeyer
  46. 46. @dknemeyer
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  52. 52. @dknemeyer
  53. 53. @dknemeyer
  54. 54. @dknemeyer
  55. 55. @dknemeyer
  56. 56. My Objectives 1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things @dknemeyer
  57. 57. My Objectives 1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things 2. Be more involved with those who matter more @dknemeyer
  58. 58. My Objectives 1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things 2. Be more involved with those who matter more 3. Be globally active while that is still possible @dknemeyer
  59. 59. My Objectives 1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things 2. Be more involved with those who matter more 3. Be globally active while that is still possible 4. Be more fulfilled @dknemeyer
  60. 60. My Objectives 1. Spend a lot less time doing the wrong things 2. Be more involved with those who matter more 3. Be globally active while that is still possible 4. Be more fulfilled 5. Take better care of my physical self @dknemeyer
  61. 61. What would YOUR objectives be? @dknemeyer
  62. 62. 3. Redesign Yourself Changing yourself only requires a realistic perspective, a good design, & the will to make it. This might sound simple, but it’s incredibly difficult. @dknemeyer
  63. 63. Process 1. Isolate problem areas @dknemeyer
  64. 64. @dknemeyer
  65. 65. Isolate Problem Areas • No Sales? No more CEO. @dknemeyer
  66. 66. Isolate Problem Areas • No Sales? No more CEO. • No Game Development or Game Business? Get a business partner. @dknemeyer
  67. 67. Isolate Problem Areas • No Sales? No more CEO. • No Game Development or Game Business? Get a business partner. • Less Commuting? Find a workspace close to home. @dknemeyer
  68. 68. Isolate Problem Areas • No Sales? No more CEO. • No Game Development or Game Business? Get a business partner. • Less Commuting? Find a workspace close to home. • Less Mindless Computer Use? Get some discipline. @dknemeyer
  69. 69. Process 1. Isolate problem areas 2. Identify constraints @dknemeyer
  70. 70. My Constraints 1. Must make enough money to support my family @dknemeyer
  71. 71. My Constraints 1. Must make enough money to support my family 2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place @dknemeyer
  72. 72. My Constraints 1. Must make enough money to support my family 2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place 3. Need a primary workspace where I am alone @dknemeyer
  73. 73. My Constraints 1. Must make enough money to support my family 2. Work not be tightly bound to time or place 3. Need a primary workspace where I am alone 4. Alignment with my needs & desires @dknemeyer
  74. 74. Process 1. Isolate problem areas 2. Identify constraints 3. Explore new directions @dknemeyer
  75. 75. My Skills Foresight Writing Design Public Speaking Determination Analysis Insight Curiosity Intensity Empathy @dknemeyer
  76. 76. New Directions Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained in ways that don’t work with my personality & lifestyle @dknemeyer
  77. 77. New Directions Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained in ways that don’t work with my personality & lifestyle Writer? Doesn’t pay enough @dknemeyer
  78. 78. New Directions Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained in ways that don’t work with my personality & lifestyle Writer? Doesn’t pay enough Creative Director? Already doing this in my gaming activities @dknemeyer
  79. 79. New Directions Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained in ways that don’t work with my personality & lifestyle Writer? Doesn’t pay enough Creative Director? Already doing this in my gaming activities Public Intellectual? Lack brand recognition to pull this off @dknemeyer
  80. 80. New Directions Corporate Executive? Likely too structured and constrained in ways that don’t work with my personality & lifestyle Writer? Doesn’t pay enough Creative Director? Already doing this in my gaming activities Public Intellectual? Lack brand recognition to pull this off Management Consultant? Want to take a break from service provision @dknemeyer
  81. 81. Confusion! Where do I fit in the world??? @dknemeyer
  82. 82. Process 1. Isolate problem areas 2. Identify constraints 3. Explore new directions 4. Develop a plan @dknemeyer
  83. 83. My Plan Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research, thinking, writing, and speaking @dknemeyer
  84. 84. My Plan Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research, thinking, writing, and speaking Reinvest myself in Involution Studios. Find the ways that I can best add value and contribute @dknemeyer
  85. 85. My Plan Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research, thinking, writing, and speaking Reinvest myself in Involution Studios. Find the ways that I can best add value and contribute Find a business partner for my gaming adventures. These should be things I love, not things that tax me @dknemeyer
  86. 86. My Plan Invent the vocation of Social Futurist. Begin research, thinking, writing, and speaking Reinvest myself in Involution Studios. Find the ways that I can best add value and contribute Find a business partner for my gaming adventures. These should be things I love, not things that tax me Renegotiate my marriage. Doing this the way that I want to will require adjustments that impact my wife @dknemeyer
  87. 87. Process 1. Isolate problem areas 2. Identify constraints 3. Explore new directions 4. Develop a plan 5. Make it happen @dknemeyer
  88. 88. So…how did it go??? @dknemeyer
  89. 89. @dknemeyer
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  102. 102. So that’s my journey. What are some tips for yours? @dknemeyer
  103. 103. @dknemeyer
  104. 104. @dknemeyer
  105. 105. @dknemeyer
  106. 106. @dknemeyer
  107. 107. @dknemeyer
  108. 108. Each of us has just one life. Is this how you want to spend yours? Dare to live at the edges of your imagination! ]@dknemeyer
  109. 109. Thank you! Healthcare design studio: www.goinvo.com Emerging tech podcast: www.thedigitalife.com Tabletop game publisher: www.artana.com Game design podcast: www.thegamedesignroundtable.com Personal website: dirk.knemeyer.com Dirk Knemeyer @dknemeyer

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