My purpose is supporting organisations to better understand and leverage the power of behavioural science and digital technology to make a positive difference in the lives of New Zealanders.

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I am Mitch Olson

If you are looking to get better results from digital technology then talk to me. I help create relevant, engaging and sustainable transformation through dynamic strategy and behavioural psychology.


These are the projects I am currently engaged with.

A design agency & innovation lab focused on supporting people to flourish. We are a cross-disciplinary team of designers, behavioural scientists, technologists and innovators. We research, design, develop, and deliver programs, products and platforms for individuals, organisations, and communities to flourish.

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EXpotential provides real-time insights into the leadership capabilities and cultural nuances of any organisation. This allows them to have a more engaged workforce, ultimately leading to better results.

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These are other projects and investments I am, or have been, involved in

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People who work with me say…

  • I would confidently recommend Mitch Olson for projects that require getting the best out of people and making the most of the opportunity in front of you.

    — Dan Davis —
  • Mitch is passionate and successful. His growing public profile and leadership position within the startup, gaming and technology communities in NZ is testament to his vision and abilities.

    — Dave Insull —
  • Mitch is a ball of energy! He cuts through the haze, draws out the story and paints a picture that is easy to relate to.

    — Darrin Brinsden —
  • Mitch is one of those rare types who combines an amazing drive with sound reasoning and a true passion to push the boundaries in the technology field.

    — Campbell Anderson —
  • Mitch is definitely one smart cookie. I have a small handful of trusted advisors that I go to for help with the business, and Mitch is one of those. He’s intelligent, experienced and above all else, a top bloke to deal with!

    — Jason Westland —

My Manifesto

We are all looking to create better outcomes for ourselves and that which we are responsible for. But what actions produce better results?

1. Self Authorship

Whenever something new is called for, it requires someone to step up and make a stand for it.  This is where all change begins.

But doing so, necessarily flies in the face of all that has come before, and all those who have played a part in creating or advocating that. Self Authorship calls us to challenge the status quo, and to live in the tension of innovation between an outdated old and a better new. (You can read more of my thoughts on Self Authorship here)

2. Empathy

All true innovation starts with an empathy for the unmet need of an individual.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of another person so that you can understand how they might feel, or think or act in a particular situation. When unmet needs are uncovered for large numbers of potential customers the excitement of large Total Addressable Markets beckons.

3. Originality

Originality creates better bridges between where we are, and where we want to be.

When we apply this concept to the domain of business we call it Innovation.  Originality is the opposite of habit, and is founded in a conscious choice to reawaken to the question of how best to meet someone’s needs.  Playfulness, creativity, design, humility and curiosity are all expressions of our innate capacity for being original. Originality and innovation takes us to new places.

4. Stretching

We are always more powerful and capable of greater creations than we imagine ourselves to be.

Sometimes all we need is a reminder of that. The principle of stretching lies at the core of entrepreneurship, and in fact all ambitious initiatives. Stretching beyond what we think we’re capable of is critical to building a better organisation, or a better mouse-trap. Stretching is a necessary prerequisite for reaching forward. For greatness.

5. Pride

An accurate measure of being true to your best work is your own sense of pride.

Pride is an internal and authentic measure of our sense of Doing the Right Thing and Doing the Thing Right. It’s an essential compass that we benefit from listening to. It directs our path. It measures our progress. Taking pride connects us into a world of values and meaning; a closer connection to pride always results in big wins for whatever work we’re engaged with.


These 5 values provide an effective map for creating more robust outcomes.

Blog: Downloads from me

  • The business that mistook its IT for a Digital

    18 Apr 0 Comments

    Evolution is a process that uses yesterday’s innovations as building blocks to create tomorrow’s even-more sophisticated innovations. One the consequences of these ever-increasing new levels of complexity is that we sometimes lose sight of critical characteristics that distinguish one level

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  • Digital is not just Digital

    03 Sep 0 Comments

    One of the many wonderful facets of the digital age is that information is so readily shared.  As a society, this accelerates our rate of a learning as we stand on one anothers shoulders.  So last week when the Sunshine Coast committee of Regional Development Australia released

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  • Why God is Digital

    03 May 0 Comments

    (This speech was given at The Project : Digital Disruption conference in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th April 2014).   Good morning everyone. Welcome to the first sermon of the conference. Today we will be exploring “Why god is digital”. So,

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  • Innovation only makes a difference if it satisfies a customer

    20 Mar 0 Comments

    The question of how to shape strongly performing Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems is a very hot topic at the moment, and there are a growing number of programs and events that are addressing the practice.  Two years ago MIT started the

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    • Persuasive technology is the application of psychology within digital experiences in order to change behaviour

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    • PROSPERITY derives from INNOVATION

      — Sir Paul Callaghan —
    • INNOVATION occurs when ideas collide

      — Stephen Johnson —
    • AMBITION beats genius 99 percent of the time

      — Steve Jobs —
    • The principal mark of GENIUS is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers

      — Arthur Koestler —
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