I’m a curious & empathetic geek who empowers people to learn, innovate and perform.
Hello and welcome
My name’s Arun,
At the heart of everything, I’m an extremely curious, empathetic and geeky human.
Beyond that I’m an experienced learning, performance and innovation strategist, having developed solutions for some of Australia’s largest companies.
I was recognised by the AITD as Australia’s Learning Professional of the Year in 2017 and I’ve developed an international reputation, particularly for my work in enabling learning agility and using design thinking to co-design innovative and impactful blended learning solutions. I have broad experience in emerging technologies and am an unashamed geek when it comes to learning science, cognitive psychology, behavioural economics, marketing and anything that provides insights into how people think, behave and change. Importantly, I’m adept at translating my diverse tech and geek knowledge into impactful strategies.
Curious? Feel free to explore my blog to preview my approach and download some cool tools. Interested in a crash course in learning agility? Check out Learn2Learn, I’ve recently made this resource totally free with no sign ups so you can check it out right now. And be sure to check out my latest project — ModelThinkers, which empowers you to be smarter, faster, with an actionable playbook of the world’s most powerful ideas. I’m REALLY excited about ModelThinkers so please do check it out.
Beyond that, some of the recent projects I’ve been involved in include: delivering engaging virtual keynotes on learning agility, adaptability and the future of work; running workshops to uplift teams in learning agility and innovation; supporting organisations to modernise their learning strategy for our disruptive world; designing blended learning experiences and campaigns to shift performance; and much more.
Interested in working with me? Please reach out today and let’s chat.
Want help with learning, innovation and performance? Let’s chat.
Workshops & Training
A range of engaging workshops including ‘From Order Taker to Performance Partner for L&D’; ‘Crash Course in Design Thinking’; and Developing Learning Agility’. Custom workshops and training available.
Curious? Find out more about my services and offers by downloading my rate card.
Past Clients Include
Check Out My New Business – MODELTHINKERS – Be Smarter. Faster.
I’ve EXTREMELY excited to announce that Shai Desai and I have launched ModelThinkers, a new solution to empower you to be smarter, faster. Think of it as your extended and informed brain — an actionable playbook of the world’s most powerful ideas. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this new initiative — please be sure to check it out. See an example below — Opportunity cost. Can you really cope with the opportunity cost of not being smarter with the big ideas from the big disciplines? see what I did there 😉
I’m still working, virtually! So get in contact.
Since COVID hit I’ve delivered a dozen keynotes and workshops around the world. I provide highly interactive sessions catered to your needs around developing learning agility, adaptability and the future of work and embracing change. I’m also delivering my popular Design for Performance workshops, for HR & L&D teams who want to become impactful performance partners, with a virtual option and have already delivered to teams in the US, Europe and across Australia – see a Workshop overview here,
At this stage I won’t be able to take on any new large projects until 2021 – but I can get a lot done with small, targeted consulting engagements – so do reach out to talk with me about your needs.
And Learn2Learn is Now FREE!
Yes – after being crowdfunded as a mobile app, and converted into an enterprise web app solution, I have now released Learn2Learn FOR FREE. No sign in required, just visit Learn2Learn and start using it for free, for as long as I can afford to keep paying server fees. No strings attached, nothing. It’s part of my contribution to supporting people to realise their amazing potential, so enjoy :D.
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Interviews with Arun
Neuroscience & Learning
A novel comic-styled interview by Learnovators, covering neuroscience, learning design and the launch of learn2learn. From Nov 2016.
A written interview conducted by Jeffrey Dalto, this explores lifelong learning and learning agility. From Jan 2018.
Design Thinking for Learning
The Learning Hook Podcast interview on design thinking tips and designing blended learning for performance. From Feb 2018.
How do I develop Learning Agility?
This interview has become one of Good Practice’s most popular podcast episodes, exploring the art of learning agility.
Making of Learn2Learn
The Learning Uncut podcast explores behind the scenes of Learn2Learn and developing learning agility at scale. From 2019
Digital learning & Design Thinking
This short video-based interview explored using design thinking for digital learning. From 2019, featured in the FutureLearn Transforming Digital Learning MOOC.
Learning Agility in an Age of Augmentation.
From mammoths to AI chess games, this article examines how to future-proof ourselves in an age of disruption.
Infographic: If Learning was Water
A classic infographic with a slightly soggy metaphor. It’s an old one but I updated it slightly recently.
Learning in a High Performance Ecosystem
The crowdsourcing of a powerful model to represent high performance ecosystems, one of my most used images.
Design Thinking for Learning Innovation
An article and video filmed a few years ago outlining my end-to-end process for incorporating design thinking for learning innovation.
Cartoon: The New Modern Learning Styles
Are you sick of the persistence of learning style conversations despite the evidence against them? Try these new hillarious versions!
Dear Training, A Breakup Letter from L&D
One of my first articles, written in 2015, a parody about the major shift that L&D professionals must make.