Nadia Piet

New Zealand-born, Amsterdam-bred terrestrial being, practicing the art of living in a digital age, and help others do the same. Passionate about shaping the future of work, education and life and helping people and organizations navigate the many challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Because I believe “the best way to predict the future is to create it”.

New Zealand-born, Amsterdam-bred terrestrial being, practicing the art of living in a digital age, and help others do the same. Passionate about shaping the future of work, education and life and helping people and organizations navigate the many challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Because I believe “the best way to predict the future is to create it”.
Know Thyself: 70+ Meditative Questions (for modern-day self-inquiry)

Know Thyself: 70+ Meditative Questions (for modern-day self-inquiry)

In a world full of noise, it can be hard to hear our own voices. And in a world full of on-demand distractions, it’s too easy to never truly be with ourselves. So let’s create a little space for that.

Today I want to share with you over 70 questions worth asking yourself and pondering on for a moment. Some may lead to affirmation, some to confusion, even frustration; but all will lead you to a deeper insight into yourself and your relation to the world.

These questions are taken from the Intropreneurship course I co-designed and co-facilitated in spring 2017. We gave them to the students – sometimes during, but mostly in between the sessions. The feedback was really positive and they said it helped them get to know themselves on another level. I tried answering the questions in my own notebook along with the students and realized a few things about myself I had seemingly forgotten about.

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The One Reason Most Innovation Efforts Fail

The One Reason Most Innovation Efforts Fail

When we talk innovation, the conversation is often sparked by technological advancements, new business models and product releases. Similarly, in our own innovation efforts, we often target grand market disruption strategies, dynamic team structures and rapid R&D cycles.

All ambitions aside: in the end the success – and even legitimacy – of any innovation depends not on creative ideas, but on the impact of its implementation.

If aforementioned designs, however magnificent they are, fail to be implemented in the systems they’re designed for, change will not occur and the so-called innovation hasn’t been much more than an inspiring brainstorm session. Brainstorm sessions are fun for sure, but it’s change we’re here for, isn’t it?

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The One-Page Business Plan: Introduction to the Business Model Canvas and How it Can Help You (+ 14 Supporting Tools)

The One-Page Business Plan: Introduction to the Business Model Canvas and How it Can Help You (+ 14 Supporting Tools)

You’ve been hit by some sort of creative epiphany and are now carrying what we commonly refer to as an idea. Next, you’re looking for a way to translate your budding idea into a solid business case you can wrap your head around and pitch to others.

Traditionally, you would go on to write a detailed 50-page business plan.

Although writing a business plan can be a valuable process, there are some painful limitations to it.

  • First, it is a very linear approach to map something that is in continuous iteration: your business.
  • Second, it is extremely time-consuming, both to create (write) as to consume (read).
  • Finally, it is all text, a format that doesn’t work in everyone’s favor.

So what you would like is a way to build and present your business case in a faster, more flexible and visual manner?

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Executive + Artist: The Dual Role of a (Business) Innovator

Executive + Artist: The Dual Role of a (Business) Innovator

As a business innovator, you don’t quite fit in predefined boxes of expertise.

You’re swaying somewhere between the business, the creative, and the technical domains. You may work in different industries, mingling with different groups, taking on different roles and speaking in a different ‘language’.

Although it’s probably this natural disposition that led you to the field of innovation in the first place, this dual role continues to pose a mental challenge as we grow into our talents, join teams and drive projects.

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Introducing the Workshop Canvas: A Visual Tool to Design Educational Experiences

Introducing the Workshop Canvas: A Visual Tool to Design Educational Experiences

I’d like to introduce you to my new brainchild: the Workshop Canvas.

The workshop canvas is a visual tool to help you design your workshops, classes, courses and other (educational) experiences.

Born out of frustration with lengthy spreadsheets and inspired by other business tools such as the Business Model Canvas, it offers a more intuitive, iterative and collaborative approach to the design process of educational experiences.

After carrying the idea for a while, a beta version has been made and now I’d love to share with you what the Workshop Canvas is, how it may benefit you, and I’m looking to learn how it works for you!

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Be Your Own Life Coach: 20+ DIY Life Design Exercises to Inspire Creative Living

Be Your Own Life Coach: 20+ DIY Life Design Exercises to Inspire Creative Living

Wouldn’t you like to have a life coach?
Honestly, wouldn’t we all like to have someone on our side to help us figure things out?

Life design is the practice of consciously and iteratively shaping our time here on earth. It’s about taking ownership and committing to the continuous process of exploring, directing, manifesting and enjoying the life you want to live.

Well worth the struggle – it’s a tough thing to do.
This is the exact reason people take on a (life) coach or enroll in personal growth programs.
They are there guiding you through the process of life design.

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Where I Chill, Work and Meet Up when in Athens (20+ Personal Favs)

Where I Chill, Work and Meet Up when in Athens (20+ Personal Favs)

UPDATED: in August 2017, added my new favs to the list.

Athens has in a short time become as my second home.

Two of my closer friends, and members of Da Shogunz (the Hip Hop label I’ve been co-managing), both re-located to Greece. Me loving my crew and exploring new places alike, it couldn’t take long for me to go visit.

As summer holiday came around and school allowed me off, I seized this as the perfect opportunity to launch a month-long getaway to Greece, and mostly Athens. I invited along my beloved queenfriend Bibi, and we had the most magical and dream-like time as we seemed to meet the most kind-hearted people, eat the most nourishing meals and see the most astonishing views, continuously.

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Creating your future from your core: What we do in our Intropreneurship class

Creating your future from your core: What we do in our Intropreneurship class

If you follow me on the Gram, you’ve seen me share pictures and videos of the Intropreneurship classes on my feed and stories. If we’re connected on LinkedIn, you’ve seen the job title update. And if we’re real-life homies, you probably heard me say I need to prepare or teach a class a bunch of times.

I’m happy to see these snippets spark the curiosity and to receive questions over email and DM asking things like “am I a teacher?”, “what exactly is it that I teach?”, and “why doesn’t it look anything like a regular class?” (alternate version: “wtf is all this cool shit you’re doing?”).

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Why Humanity Will Remain Relevant – In Spite Of (Mass) AI Employment

Why Humanity Will Remain Relevant – In Spite Of (Mass) AI Employment

Being a vivid blog reader when it comes to the topics of innovation and futurism, last week I came across a handful of headlines reading “Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?” on The Guardian, “Elon Musk Says Humans Need to Merge With Machines to Remain Relevant” on Fortune and “Humans MUST merge with machines or we’ll become REDUNDANT’, warns Elon Musk” on The Express.

Elon spoke on the impact of AI during his appearance at the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai and as usual, Musk’s statements were the source of ample discussion and plenty coverage. These interpretations underline the general consensus of perceiving AI as a threat, and are based in logical fallacies. You can watch the full talk here if you like, or continue to read my concerns on these misconstrued headlines. 

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How To Live Well in Small Spaces (like, 22m small)

How To Live Well in Small Spaces (like, 22m small)

The housing search ruled my personal life and anxieties for the past while. Weeks and months of effort, with seemingly no results, and accompanied by a deadly extensive daily commute to school passed, one more depressing than the other; but at last, the patience and perseverance paid off. After a 5-month treasure-hunt in the disastrous housing market of Amsterdam I have finally found myself a place.

As we speak, I am writing this in my home, comfortably seated on my zafu, with a view of my personal library and items collected from all over the world, SZA playing through the speaker and a cup of hot green tea waiting next to me. Looking something like this:

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