Posts Tagged "press"


I’d completely forgotten about this interview until someone contacted me about it recently and I was reminded about how cool it was. Basically the German National Radio (I think) did a piece on people who were living nomadically and using the internet and its related technologies to make doing so easy. It’s a big part of how my wife and I have set up our own lives just to reduce cognitive overhead, and also a big part of our ongoing minimalization efforts. You can listen in...

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I was lucky enough to get to speak on WBLQ radio, heard up and down the eastern US seaboard. What made it a real treat was talking with CJ, the host, who is as excited about changing the world as I am. Our 15 minute pre-call before the show lasted more than an hour, and the bit that we eventually got on the radio was only a snippet, but it was fun to revisit the topic of crows again – especially with someone who was as curious about them as I am. Listen to it...

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Here’s how I’ve been billed at conferences like: PINC conference in the Netherlands India Today’s Annual Conclave Technology Education, and Design (TED) Conference Business Innovation Factory Dublin’s Science Gallery   And here are some nice things people have said after my talks:   “Normally I’m not captured by many keynotes but your presentation was awesome… and very scary. My attendees LOVED it! You were the talk of the conference. Thank you!” – Steven Stout, Organizer, HITEC Conference   “Josh Klein takes you on a journey that helps you escape the confines of traditional thinking and explore new ways of doing things that help you achieve results quicker and smarter.” – Marilyn Williams, Partnership Development Manager, Best Buy   “Josh Klein is a natural born storyteller with a real knack for capturing–and keeping–an audience engaged. Authentic and irreverent, it’s always a pleasure to see Josh on stage.” – Melissa Withers, Executive Director, Business Innovation Factory Conference   “Josh is not only a hacker of work; he’s a hacker of speaking. He ignores conventions that suck energy out of a room, and turn listeners to zombies. He opens eyes. He boggles minds. He doesn’t just tippy toe up to the edge, he hits it going 100 miles an hour. Hire this deviant to speak to your group. I dare you.” – Jim Ericson, founder, The Masters Forum Conference   “Josh Klein will be one of the most exciting cultural players to watch in the coming decade; his personal fluidity between disciplines and movement of ideas across worlds both real and virtual, technological and creative, allows him to be a guide for those of us who are interested in being the architects of our own identity.” – Aimee Mullins, Speaker, Athlete, Actress   “I hack everything now. When I have an assignment, I think to myself ‘how can I hack this?’. … It [the concept of hacking] has changed my life. Now when I do anything I ask myself – how can I hack this?” – Manleen Kaur   “My brain is still splattered against the wall from this morning.” – Nikole Yinger, Producer, Bloomberg TV...

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Here’s an interview a brilliant friend of mine conducted to force me to think more clearly about what I offered clients. It was super helpful to me; I hope it helps you! Alternately, I was interviewed for the New York Times on how I do what I do – this one is pretty fun too, and has a story about the tooth fairy. The tooth fairy! I know, it’s crazy what they’ll publish these days.     What do you do? I innovate – particularly around systems, across disciplines, and in ways that entrenched industries are too afraid to try. For example, I mixed new a new business model (free) with an old industry (publishing) and got a distribution deal for my novel with Amazon when nobody else would publish it. In another example, I took an established psychological method (operant conditioning) and a problomatic ecological niche (crows) and combined them by making a vending machine from crows that trains them to fetch lost change for peanuts. More recently, I’ve been combining technology and fashion, public speaking with gastronomy, and robots with secretaries. Why is it important? All leaps of human progress have occurred on the fringes, by people taking big chances and thinking differently. Now, more than ever, we need innovation that will take us ahead of the problems we face. For example, the ecology is suffering from human kind’s inability to foresee the implications of our technology choices. Economically we’re unable to keep up with the rate of change in industry. There are all kinds of problems like this right now, all occuring at the same time as we’re seeing unbelievable advances in science and technology. Connecting the two – particularly across siloed disciplines – is both effective and important. How do you do it? First off, you need to be passionate about something. I am passionate about technology, people and creating positive change within society. Then, you need to talk to a lot of different people about it and to learn a lot about it. In doing so you’ll get not just the established cannon of information on the discipline (or niche, or industry, or whatever), but also the problems and quirks of the systems that people inside it take for granted. Those are your entrance vectors to bring about radical change. Then, take the information and access that you can uniquely bring to the problem and start talking over your ideas for unusual solutions. Eventually you’ll meet the right team of folks who have the best mix of backgrounds and insights and you’ll have developed a solution to match. In being courageous enough to question...

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Besides being lucky enough to do a bunch of public speaking, I wrote three books – one sci-fi novel, one business book, and one big idea book. – and I hosted a TV series called The Link on the history of innovation! I’ve also wrangled some:   Articles The Guardian Harvard Business Review Make Magazine Core 77 Fast Company Boing Boing Interviews The New York Times (personal interview) Wired (Italy) (English PDF – original here) The New York Times Oprah Magazine Wired Magazine Irish Times The BBC La Monde (PDF) Fast Company Kommersant BBC News Discovery Magazine ARTE Magazine (PDF) The Seattle PI Buzzmachine BoingBoing Gizmodo Worldchanging JuliePenner RealSmartNow BusinessNet Vancouver Sun Television I’ve appeared on programs such as Nova, Discovery, and the Sundance Channel. Even more bizarre, I recently hosted a tv series for National Geographic – learn more here, on NatGeo’s site, and on Facebook!! Radio I’ve also been heard on radio stations around the world, such as NPR in the USA, Newstalk and RTE Radio 1 in Ireland, Sirius XM radio, the Swedish National Radio, and others.   Next up, direct 3-D intercranial RSS Tweet...

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