Creating a Disruptively Better Economy

“Writing is a way of organizing thought. Publishing is a way of receiving feedback.” ~ Frank Chimero

In ‘The Element‘, Sir Ken Robinson highlights ‘the importance of Identifying Passion and Redefining Creativity’.
In ‘Starfish and The Spider‘, Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom identify “the unstoppable power of leaderless organisations” and “inevitability and need for ever-changing models in our ever-changing and ever-connecting world”.
In ‘Life Inc.‘, Douglass Ruskoff asks ‘should our infrastructures/governments/education/systems be focused on creating good citizens and well-ness/well-being rather than economic performance and growth?’
In ‘Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist‘, Oliver James provides evidence that ‘material affluence and extrinsic value(s) can produce the opposite of happiness’.
In ‘Drive‘, Daniel Pink provides ‘scientifically surprising truths about human-motivation’ and how ‘autonomy, mastery and purpose can far exceed financial reward in the value stakes’.
In ‘The Social Entrepreneur‘, Andrew Mawson provides his experienced insight towards “the empowering importance of Personal Responsibility over Personal Right(s)”
In ‘The New Capitalist Manifesto‘, Umair Haque (a thought leader in the field of Economics and Business Innovation) highlights that ‘our current economy, business strategies, policies and mindsets are unsustainable – we need to change or die.’

For many years, my work, endeavors, experience and research has (and continues), to inspire me to ponder such important things and I’ve challenged myself to do and learn about active participation and empowering human-focused responsibility and value-conversation(s).

“What good is an energy industry that destroys the atmosphere? What good is a media industry that, with relentlessly intrusive, ever-more persuasive ads, pollutes the infosphere? What good is production that consumes the natural world? What good are banks that catastrophically deplete the financial sphere? What good is a food industry that sparks an epidemic of obesity? What good is an apparel industry that produces insipid clothes in joyless, dreary working conditions? What good are athletic shoes that don’t make people fitter?”

These are special words. They weren’t spoken by a warrior wielding the buzzwords ‘Eco’ or ‘Green’, they weren’t (in this instance) written by authors like Naomi Klein, nor were they written by the head of some Corporate Social Responsibility council. In this instance they are extremely important, in print on page 193 of his latest book ‘The New Capitalist Manifesto‘, they were written by Umair Haque (Director of Havas Media Lab and Economist Blogger for the Harvard Business Review).

In the penultimate page of his book Umair writes: “my goal hasn’t been to write the new economic blueprint – but to give you pen, paper and maybe even a handful of design elements, for writing your own…” “…the future of capitalism begins, in other words, with you. So don’t just read this book. Use it. Its not a textbook, its a handbook. The protectors of the past never create the future. And the creators of the future never stop questioning the past. You’ve got to ask – and keep asking!”

Today, inspired my Umair (and the authors and great thinkers listed above, plus a few others) I choose to take my insights and learnings, and present to you my ever-developing philosophy towards the future – a twenty-first-century enterprise and economy – an inter-dependent ecology; upon the new rules within Digital Landscapes, Social Ethonomics and Twenty-First-Century Economics.

I encourage you to help me (us) re-conceptualise and re-define the words: Economic, Prosperity, Growth, Responsibility, Ethics, Value, and Worth, to develop a set of first principles of value creation, into a concise philosophy – with a clear intent and purpose!


The diagram below forms the basis of a presentation I made to Media Tree UK (and their supporting Economic Development partners) on 17/01/2011 in relation to ‘The Future of Kent’s Creative Business Economy‘.

Research Fellow: Bibliography 2011

I’m currently pondering future focused R&D opportunities. If you’d like to discuss how I could help your strategic research, creative development and innovation towards twenty-first-century economics (and an inter-dependent ecology), please do say hello. Below is what I’m reading:
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Jenny Uglow – The Lunar Men

Andrew Mawson – The Social Entrepreneur

Ken Robinson – The Element

IDEO – Human Centered Design Toolkit

Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstrom – The Starfish and the Spider

Ori Brafman – Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Gilles Deleuze – Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Erasmus Darwin – Philosophy of Agriculture

Brian Solis – Engage (hybrid theory manifesto)

Richard L. Daft – Organization Theory and Design (Media/Information Richness/Naturalness theory)

Umair Hague – The New Capitalist Manifesto

Rick Levine – The ClueTrain Manifesto

Lionel Trilling – Sincerity and Authenticity (consciousness vs influence)

Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (media abundance and tacit knowledge)

Seth Godin – Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Jeremy Benthem – Selected Writings on Utilitarianism (Wordsworth Classics)

Benjamin Franklin – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (13 Virtues)

Charles Sanders Peirce – Reasoning and the Logic of Things (abductive Logic)

George Orwell – Essays ‘Penguin Modern Classics’ (Animalism – cultural change)

Winston Churchill – Liberalism and the social problem

Eric Fromm – To Have or to Be?

Matthew Arnold – Culture and Anarchy (Oxford World’s Classics)

Douglas Rushkoff – Life Inc.

Oliver James – Affluenza (emotional wellbeing over wealth – democracy, meritocracy, equality)

Oliver James – Selfish Capitalist

Jean Paul Sartre – Being and nothingness

Michel Foucault – Madness and Civilization (Routledge Classics)

Jean-Paul Sartre – Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology (Routledge Classics)

Richard Laylard – Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

Charles Stafford – Questions of Anthropology (social anthropology)

Erasmus Darwin – Phytologia; or, The philosophy of agriculture and gardening

Alan Moore – Communities Dominate Brands

Oscar Wilde – Intentions

Robert E. Schofield – The Enlightened Joseph Priestley

Anthony Mayfield – Me and My Web Shadow

David McCandless – Information is Beautiful

Alexander Osterwalder – Business Model Generation

Laurence Sterne – Tristram Shandy (Multi-Dimensional Narrative – also see: B. S. Johnson)

Graham Hancock – Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization

Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore – The Experience Economy

Jon Hagel III – The Power Of Pull

Who is @FellowCreative?

I’m an agent of change, rather than a guardian of tradition.

“If you want to come up with a few good ideas, or even one great one, then you have to generate lots of ideas” ~ Linus Pauling (one of only four individuals to have won multiple Nobel Prizes).

I’m Carl @FellowCreative; I’m also cofounder of the coworking community and participatory space @coFWD.

I’ve delivered ideas and helped solve problems directly for international names: Electronic Arts (EA), Intel, Nokia, NixonMcInnes, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), as well as talented pioneers like Remy Sharp (@Rem) and Jonathan Markwell (@Jot), to name a few.

Reputed for identifying trends and future focused strategy. I’m a facilitator of insights, architect of citizen-brands and engineer of social-capital in the ever-growing engagement economy. An advisor to NACUE (National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs), anomalous speaker at conferences, recognised blogger of cognition and research fellow.

A perceptive creative professional with cross-functional, cross-disciplinary experience spanning design process and brand strategy, emergent technologies and cultural trends, decentralised social systems and sustainable enterprise. A resourceful co-ordinator with a rounded diagnostic approach to problem solving, capable of quickly learning, dissecting, reading between the lines and understanding foreign concepts to reveal alternative angles and transversal vectors, with an intellectual curiosity for uncharted shifting terrain (on or off the digital landscape).

I’m a catalyst, my role is usually mission orientated. I have a contagious enthusiasm for challenging norms and a high tolerance for ambiguity. With solid testimonials and an established client list I work ‘beyond What Is to deliver What Can Be™’ – R&D lab, think-tank, social enterprise, technology venture, creative agency, rhizomatic community or skunkworks project – I’m a valuable and inspirational element for any do-tank with an emphasis on discovery, not theory.

A creative midwife and joiner of dots, capable of weaving authenticity, co-design, human-centred-engagement and sustainability into the very fabric of an idea or strategy.

I believe creative insights often come in non-linear ways, through seeing connections and similarities between things we haven’t noticed or even tried before. I do well in situations that require divergent, lateral thinking in terms of metaphor, analogy, simile, abductive logic and provocative operation (PO). I challenge with integrity and directness. I make observations, and sometimes predictions. I’m experimental and experiential and always contextual. Learning through actually doing, to provide a more valuable pathway from ideas-lab to real-time and real-space.

I’m currently pondering future focused R&D opportunities. If you’d like to discuss how I could help your strategic research, creative development and innovation towards twenty-first-century economics (and an inter-dependent ecology), please do get in touch.

I’m not an evangelist. I’m a proponent of open-leadership, transparent communications and civic-data, and the practical application of theory and research focused on problems not disciplines, into business and social situations in the real world. I have a strong network of trustees and acquaintances, and a genuine interest in others. I thrive on meeting new people everyday and I can turn casual interactions into meaningful relations. I realise the importance of understanding what people really want and need. I recognize what drives behaviour, curates excitement and facilitates passion, and I suggest ways to channel that energy into projects between people, principles and technologies that otherwise wouldn’t meet – guiding collaboration through creativity, inspiration, support, trust, emotional and psychological intelligence and social sensitivity. Value can always be found through encouraging and enabling others. I have a relentless belief in people and a desire to help – its not just a nicety, it’s a natural and essential part of connection and engagement. Communication is not about talking; it’s about listening and understanding relevance – to inspire dialogue and multi-dimensional narratives, not monologue.

A peer not a boss. I can provide a drumbeat for decentralised organisation, helping top-down business structures develop a little hierarchical-ambiguity and open-chaos to get people into passionate conversation and action. I can map and unite advocates, form new circles, develop open-platforms and cultivate participation – inspiring change without being coercive. Aligning the needs and goals of industry and civics to ensure rich-insights, brand-equity and the early adoption of people-focused-ideas, cultural trends and emergent technologies. Creating meaningful sustainable value, igniting future thinking philosophy and engaging innovation – online or off, on-demand or live, through geographic location (such as GPS coordinate) or a point of interest (POI), and perhaps even through the orientation of a sensory object or mobile device.

Want to know more? Please do say hello.