I am told you innovate and help others to.
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The title of this post comes from the opening line of an email I received recently. It certainly isn’t the first enquiry I’ve had of this nature but the fact it was sent to me by someone at director level within a local authority on the recommendation of someone they trust, perhaps confirms I can be of use and interest to others.
Entitled: Conversation coo-coo-coo-cu-cu
Original image licensed under creative commons by Steve Bridger

Are you a doer with half an idea or plan?


Over recent years I’ve invested a lot of time, and my own cash, in getting to know and help people who are doing and initiating great things across Medway or Kent. I’ve become a sounding-board and go-to-guy for people like Emma Dewhurst of WOW magazine (testimonial below), and the team behind Digibury Canterbury; plus a range of social minded startups, and regional investment opportunities like CreativePeoplePlace.info

To continue inspiring and helping others, and to entice yet more interesting folk through the doors of coFWD, I’m considering making myself available for a series of one-to-one drop-in sessions – for local people seeking a sounding-board for their idea or project.

I’ll be clear, I’m not a legal or financial advisor, and because of the broad nature of this idea I can’t offer any assured or insured advice, but I promise that I’m very used to shaping and launching ideas and I’ll do my best to join-the-dots and provide useful insight and direction.

If you are doing, or want to do something for community and cultural benefit and would like someone to talk to about the challenges and hurdles, and generally bounce some thoughts about – please do get in touch or leave a comment below.

I’ll only announce dates if/once I know people are actually interested but in the meantime, inspired by Mark Suster, James Yorke and I invite you to join us at the next Startup Saturday event, please do signup via eventbrite.

Fellow Trustees Concept

As a gregarious Fellow who gets about quite a lot, I am fortunate to know a large number of diversely talented individuals and companies. So much so that I have never had to contact a recruitment agency to find someone with a particular skill set.


Although I often feel such a network has formed itself quite naturally, when I launched the Fellow brand I did consciously set out to meet gifted individuals that I might collaborate with and even be able call upon when and if I needed to. The name Fellow was born from the concept of exacting standards, academic connection, and a professional commitment to question everything and develop over time – but also the idea that I am a fellow creative, part of a larger community of talented individuals driving the future of technology, communications and creative disciplines forward into an uncertain future.

Many of the people I have met over the last few years have helped to shape what Fellow has ultimately become. I once read that Einstein wasn’t born a genius, he forged himself into one by surrounding himself with exceptionally smart people. I might be about as far removed from Einstein as a scruffy creative type can get, but we do share one thing in common: I am also surrounded by exceptional people.

Over the last few months, people from places like Tuttle, Tweetups, BarCamp and my broader social web have been getting in contact asking if I know anyone who can develop, say, widgets for this or a design for that. In each case I’ve been able to make those connections.

With this in mind, I am proud to launch Fellow Trustees.

The concept is very simple. The people and companies on this list I whole-heartedly recommend. They are exceptional at what they do and conduct themselves with absolute professionalism. I trust them enough to align my Fellow brand with them. They are Fellow Trustees.

If you are thinking about talking to a creative recruitment agency to help fulfill a project, I would say check out the individuals and companies on the following lists first (in time I may even develop some relevant twitter lists too but some of my recommended connections can’t be found on twitter).

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