Hello, my name is Martin Kreiner.
Jasper, Alberta is my home. When I can, I return there to explore the mountains on foot or by bike and find the whitewater of the river again by raft. Showing my family and friends the National Park where I am from has made for some of my best memories.
I am currently finishing my bachelor's of design at the University of Alberta. On the side, I am also deeply engaged in the leadership of my franco-albertan community. Both of these aspects of my life are hugely important to me. In each, I find myself intellectually and emotionally invested to the point where it is difficult to take me away from my work. I simply love this stuff.
Knowing that, I abandoned creating an "elevator pitch" to tell you about what to expect from my values, my approach, and my work. Instead, I made what can only be described as my own personal strategic framework. Actually, I made two: one for my design philosophy and one for a leadership charter. I say confidently that this is who I am, and you can read it either in the design lens or the leadership lens. The content of one mirrors the other in all but the details.
Preamble
This text is more for my own personal planning and reflection than anything else.
This text will be continuously evolving as I learn, practice, use it, and receive criticism.
Generally, this strategic framework describes my values and goals for leadership and design where they intersect. In the specifics, there are minor changes of word choice and domain specific approaches between the two documents.
I research strategically.
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I reject absolutes and instead prepare to navigate ambiguity and complexity.
I research to find the right opportunity and to solve the right problem.
I recognize the need to balance between emotional / qualitative research and logical / quantitative research, especially by recognizing their respective purposes in academia.
I show empathy to all of my audience and understand them with all their hopes and fears, needs and wants, and values stemming from their environments.
I value original ideas.
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We look at the desired experience first and then brainstorm the methods to attain that.
We defer judgement in favour of branching out of others’ ideas.
We must question assumptions and socio-structural systems in order to be good designers.
I iterate and evaluate a variety of designs in order to find the best answer.
I reach out to communicate.
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I understand that we must actively reach out to all the design’s audiences to obtain their feedback.
I organize feedback loops to manage expectations and observe all audiences interact with the design in their own context.
I hold that learning through participation and prototype validation to generate critique are primary objectives of effective design process.
Engagement
People feel touched and valued by the design process.
Stewardship
People proudly assume ownership of their built environment.
Innovation
We can bring change to improve lives in new ways.
Accessibility
We can reach our audiences equitably with the messages and mediums that speak to them.
Empowerment
We can build a world where people are actively empowered.
I research strategically.
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I reject absolutes and instead prepare to navigate ambiguity and complexity.
I research to find and to solve the root cause of problems.
I recognize the need to balance facts and science with morality and society and that these exist inseparably within the context of the other, with each having a particular time and place.
I show empathy to all my peers and treat them as humans as complex as I am.
I value original ideas.
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I look at the broader objectives first and then propose and criticize the methods to attain that.
I opt not to attack people or their character in favour of offering nuanced criticism of ideas and actions.
I see it as a duty to question assumptions and socio-structural systems in order to be good leaders.
I reach out for  communication.
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I understand that an equal access to information is not the same as equitable transparency and so I actively seek engagement by communicating my ideas with diversity at heart.
I organize information to reach audiences with the topics and priorities they hold most dear. 
I am unafraid to admit that I don’t know the answer, choosing to reply  when a complete and verified answer can be provided. I do the same when I have to admit a mistake. 
I hold that soliciting, accepting and applying constructive criticism is a primary objective of thoughtful leadership.
Engagement
People feel touched and valued by the political process.
Stewardship
People proudly assume ownership of their political process.
Innovation
We can bring change to improve democracy in new ways.
Accessibility
We can reach our audiences equitably with the messages and mediums that speak to them.
Empowerment
We can have a society where people are actively empowered.
Thanks for reading. You can get in touch with me here, see my portfolio here, or read more of my personal reflections here.