The Tech-Humanist-in-Residence Program

KO Insights is proud to launch the “Tech Humanist in Residence” program.

Intended to help companies, organizations, cities, museums, and entities of all kinds solve strategic problems arising from emerging data and technology, and to do so by integrating these technologies into human experiences meaningfully, respectfully, and profitably.

In other words, it’s a lot like a retained consulting arrangement, but with a lot of flexibility about scope.

I’ve piloted the program with a few select strategic consulting clients and the reviews are rave.

“We thought it was going to be valuable, but it exceeded all our expectations.”

Who Is This Tech Humanist?

Initially it’s me, Kate O’Neill. Hi. In most cases so far, I’m the one providing the consulting myself, because I enjoy it and I’m good at it and it’s a great source of information for my writing and speaking.

But I’m also beginning to match other tech humanist experts with companies where there’s a need for a particular skill or some specific experience.

What we’ll all have in common, though, is an uncanny ability to balance the needs of the company with the needs of the customer. We’ll be brand-savvy, culture-savvy, and data and tech-savvy. We’ll be able to think dimensionally about how different physical and digital landscapes might alter the context of the transaction you’re hoping to have with people, and offer insight about how to make your efforts more effective.

What Does The Program Entail?

In the first stage, we’d meet over a whiteboard session to identify what we want to accomplish over the engagement: what challenges you’re trying to solve, how I can help, what additional resources we might need, how we can celebrate successes, and so on.

From there we meet regularly (usually once a week or every other week, depending on how aggressive we need to be to meet challenges) but you’re also encouraged to invite me to meetings or discussions that will have impact on strategic decisions and direction.

The goal is to help solve strategic problems around emerging data and tech so that it provides a more meaningful human experience that’s also profitable for you, and there are going to be a lot of ways to achieve that. It’s an evolving approach, and I’m very interested in your feedback along the way.

What Problems Can We Solve?

Maybe your organization needs to model its data better to provide greater insights and offer more relevant customer experiences. 

Maybe you’re struggling with the best way to implement emerging technologies like AR, or chatbots, or something similar.

Or maybe you keep hearing about automation and you don’t know where to begin to develop strategy around it, or how it will impact your core business, or your workforce, etc.

The questions organizations face around data and tech are nearly endless, so the possibilities for value to your organization are nearly endless, too. And the more you include the Tech Humanist in your strategic discussions, the more value you will get.

Does this sound like something your organization could benefit from? Let’s discuss. :)

Sign up for more information

Sign up here to inquire, to declare your tech humanism, and/or to receive occasional updates about the program: