I help build movements around brands, organizations, and startups that want to change the world. Collaboration empowers innovation to be a force for social good.
My books are available by donation. Their holistic and integrated approach to innovation and strategy is the foundation for my speaking, workshops, and consulting services.
Red Bull to Buddha: Innovation and the Search for Wisdom A journey of awakening in a world characterized by disruption. Based on extensive travels through Southeast Asia and India, and 20 years of meditation experience.
Disruption Revolution: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the New Rules of Leadership Perspectives on disruption based on my holistic approach to innovation. Including Seth Godin, Chris Anderson, Robert Scoble, James Altucher, Sarah Lacy, Erik Qualman, and Brian Solis.
Empower: How to Co-Create the Future. Visionary conversations with the world’s experts on the collaborative economy and autonomous world. Including Adam Grant, Shane Snow, Robin Chase, Rita McGrath, Brad Feld, Martin Ford, and a foreword by Jeremiah Owyang.
Where and who is your audience? How can you reach and help them? What products and services do they need?
Mission and Purpose
Why should anyone care about what you do? What is unique and special? How are you making the world better?
Teams and Community
Do you collaborate with the crowd? Can you deliver what people want? Are you providing value?
What is your story? Are you creating meaningful content? How do you get feedback?
The best way to succeed in a rapidly changing world is to ask smart questions, build meaningful relationships, and collaborate with key stakeholders. My approach follows the same four-part holistic process outlined in my books.
Innovation with Purpose
David Passiak is a keynote speaker and author of three books. A former religion scholar turned tech entrepreneur, he combines a deep understanding of how to build movements with a philosophy that innovation can be a force for social good.
Disruption Revolution and Empower take a holistic approach to innovation and include contributions from some of the world’s most disruptive thinkers such as Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Alex Osterwalder, Brian Solis, Robert Scoble, Rita McGrath, Chris Anderson, Jeremiah Owyang, Alex Bogusky, James Altucher, Erik Qualman, Robin Chase, and Shane Snow.
David helps leaders apply startup thinking from Silicon Valley and NYC to local environments, visiting over 40 countries in the past 4 years. He is especially passionate about the collaborative and sharing economy, community building and crowd-based P2P marketplaces, social entrepreneurship and the rise of the autonomous world (drones, AI, self-driving cars, VR and AR, robots, etc).
David has practiced meditation for 20 years and did Ph.D. studies at Princeton focused on how grassroots movements scale into “great awakenings.” This experience informs his approach to collaborative leadership, purpose-driven marketing, and holistic innovation strategy. It is also the basis of his first book Red Bull to Buddha and a work in progress called Technologies of the Soul.
David relocated to Berlin after serving as Head of Innovation and Research for dubizzle, the 6th most visited site in the UAE and largest P2P marketplace in the Middle East. He travels constantly and divides his time mostly between the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Dubai, though he is a New Yorker at heart
Thanks for your interest. I am always open to exploring new opportunities to collaborate.