New Zealand’s unique opportunity to transform the world’s future
As technology becomes more accessible, it unlocks previously unimagined opportunity across the farthest reaches of our planet. Island countries like New Zealand are uniquely positioned to make disproportionate and significant advancements in innovation due to their inherent culture of resourcefulness and self-reliance. New Zealand has a role to play—but this means facing and creatively adapting to challenges just as much as devising entirely new technologies.
Michael is an internationally renowned speaker and consultant, igniting revolutions in thought, organizational development, and creative empowerment across the globe. His distinction as a force for creative transformation has earned him recognition among government and business leaders, community builders, innovators, educators, and artists worldwide.
For nearly two decades, Michael has been a leader in the convergence of technology, education, and design. In 1999 he set out to reinvent arts education by founding the nation's largest non-profit industrial arts facility, The Crucible. Next he led Stanford's ReDesigning Theater Project to turn theatre on its head within the world-renowned dSchool, then charted the future of making and learning while leading Stanford’s Creative Ignition Lab at Autodesk in San Francisco. Most recently he was leading the in-house prototyping lab at Google X and now he is traveling the world sharing his expertise as a keynote speaker
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