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Aaron Dignan
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Aaron Dignan
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  • Visionary prophet of tomorrow’s successful business strategies.
  • Consultant to business and nonprofit leaders including GE, American Express, PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Author of
  • Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success.

Aaron Dignan is a seer of tomorrow’s successful business strategies. Recognizing that many of our most trusted and significant institutions in the realms of business, health care, government, and philanthropy are struggling to cope in the contemporary world, Dignan has turned toward careful study of what does work for organizations that are experiencing success.

Dignan and his teams have learned that the quickest growing, highest-impact companies of today represent a transformative shift in organizational values. The enormous scale and intricate bureaucracies that once strengthened traditional organizations now serve to weaken their capacity to respond nimbly in an era of constant change. These firms need to upgrade the structures of their organizational operating systems and adopt new ways of working and organizing if they’re to enjoy success in the 21st century.

Dignan has contributed his insights and expertise to large entities ranging from GE, American Express, Hyatt, PepsiCo, and Ford Motor Company to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum – strong evidence that any large organization, from non-profits and government departments to iconic corporations, can benefit from his wisdom.

In addition to his role as visionary, Dignan is a seed stage investor focused on strategic investments in early stage companies. He is also interested in building connections between startups and end-ups. He is the author of Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success (Free Press, 2011).

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TESTIMONIALS

"The weekend was a great success and Aaron Dignan was wonderful. His presentation was inspiring and the team really found his work inspirational. He helped them crack open some tough challenges."
    Starcom

"Aaron is one of the smartest thinkers around when it comes to digital technology and how to make it work for you. As a presenter, he's equally well-versed in translating and communicating his insights in a way that is both entertaining and actionable."
    General Electric

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    Society for Human Resource Management

PROGRAMS

In a world where technology is challenging all of our long-held notions about how to do business, Aaron Dignan is just the sort of field guide contemporary organizations need to help them negotiate the shifting shoals of the digital age. An expert in both digital technology and in the lessons games offer us for enhancing our performance, Dignan is prepared to offer audiences a straightforward take on systems change.

An exceptionally clear expositor of ideas, Dignan can help large organizations adapt to the changing world of technology and use their scale to their advantage. Small-scale entrepreneurs will derive important benefit from the tactics he offers for cultivating a culture of nimbleness. Dignan emphasizes that the changes technology brings apply to all organizations, from corporate giants to start-ups, foundations to smaller-scale non-profits.

Lessons Games Teach Us About Enhanced Performance
Playing games is one of the most popular activities in our culture, generating tens of billions of dollars in revenue and absorbing literally billions of hours per week. Yet we still conceptualize games as frivolous and distinct from the meaningful activities of the real world. The truth is that human beings are built to play. Our brains are wired for the kind of experience that games provide, and play is just another word for learning, under optimal conditions. Looking around our world for signs of play, we begin to see games unfolding on top of everyday life. Boy Scouts earning merit badges and business travelers collecting frequent flier miles are behaving a lot more like gamers than we might expect. And this kind of thing is happening everywhere. So what does it all mean? It means that we’re capable of playing games with the systems that govern our real life activities, and that when we do, we’re more engaged, motivated, and likely to succeed. Aaron Dignan has explored this new breed of games in preparation for the release of his new book on the subject, and has returned with some lessons for anyone who wants to turn their office, classroom, or home into something more like a game.

Tapping Into the Digital Layer
The advent of an ever-present digital connection is like the moon landing of our age. Now anything is possible. Disruptive technology in nearly every industry is challenging assumptions about leverage, scale, and what it takes to be successful. Expectations—from consumers and the c-suite—are sky high. Success for large and complex organizations lies in their ability to adapt to these changes and use their scale to their advantage before it’s too late. Aaron Dignan works with global brands like GE and PepsiCo to help them make sense of a cultural transformation that is moving so fast, it’s a full-time job for the team of digital strategists he leads in New York. In this presentation, he shares and explains examples of innovations occurring at the fringes of the digital space, relates their underlying significance back to mainstream business, and shares a roadmap for succeeding in the digital age.

The Game Frame Workshop
The Game Frame Workshop will take your company through a crash course in tackling challenges at work from the perspective of game design. Participants will workshop existing business challenges and walk away thinking like a game designer—equipped with the seeds and buds of solutions. This two day workshop is broken up into three sections: Play, Learn and Design.

Day 1
Play: Teams get a chance to experience what's great about games first hand. We build a custom game designed to prepare your company for the rest of the workshop. Our custom built games are collaborative and inspire teams to test their skills with a variety of playful and active indoor and outdoor challenges, which culminate in a team-based competition to design a balsa wood structure that can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure.

Learn: Participates become students in our Game Frame 101 speech and presentation. They'll learn what makes games fun, rewarding and popular, as well as how to apply the principles of gaming to alleviate boredom and other challenges of the workplace.

Day 2
Design: After reiterating our Game Frame methodology, small teams work together to tackle the real problems that face your company's business. By the end of this session, participates walk away with actionable game-like systems to improve their everyday workplace.

This two day curriculum can easily be customized and adjusted for a variety of venues and schedules by request. Rejuvenate your business, by taking it through the game frame. It's game time baby!

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

Game Change: Using Games as a Strategy for Success
Ever wonder why teens can spend entire weekends playing video games but struggle with just one hour of homework? Why we’re addicted to certain websites and steal glances at our smartphones under the dinner table? Or why some people are able to find joy in difficult or repetitive jobs while others burn out? It’s not the experiences themselves but the way they’re structured that matters. Illuminated throughout with a series of real-world examples and hypothetical scenarios, Game Frame promises a crash course in game design and behavioral psychology that will leave the reader—and, by extension, the world itself—more productive. Revolutionary, visionary, practical, and time-tested, Game Frame will change the way you approach life.

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