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.
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 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.
Remapping the principles of industry and government: ‘twenty-first-century economics, social ecology, value cycles and information legacy’
(Monetization, hierarchy, distribution, curation, policy, responsibility, ethics (Ethonomics), measurement, value… privacy vs net neutrality? value chain vs value cycle? competitive advantage vs constructive advantage ‘socio-efficiency’?)
Renaissance of social participation: ‘Agri-culture of insight’
(Participation, human enterprise and social currency – to belong and make meaning. Authenticity and human/emotional linguistics: ‘yours truly’)
Intrinsic social value over extrinsic materialism: ‘Brand value, sustainability and CSR’
(Do people value getting credit for their contributions over getting paid for them? – ROI/SROI – the reputation economy and trust mapping systems)
Cultivation of nature and culture: ‘bohemia’s and acculturation’
(Diminishing social norms, Rhizomatic dynamics and human behaviours – social proof – human-factored/user-centered)
Social objects/places and augmented reality: ‘Object-narratives and Social/Virtual Currency’
(GPS, marker-based, marker-less and gesture-based – plus, hyper-local (en)rich(ed)-media and on-event credit/incentives/network-economics – sensory/contactless, augmented, near-field)
Geospatial science and the digital landscape: ‘Metaweb layers of information’
(Social layer, game layer, open-data and entities – singular, person, place or thing)
Astronaut’s side-real-time: ‘Appearances of the same star on the observer’s meridian’
(As a measurement lens for information, people and networks in the context of real-time and real-space)
(Brownian motion: you can be certain of the location, or speed, of a particle, but not both)
Social Integration: ‘Live and on-demand’
(Content Aggregation, Experience Streaming, 3G-4G Networks – the end of silo’d UI/UX, and birth of UE *engagement*)
(Multi-dimensional narrative/interaction – including ZScape Holographic/3DTV and WiFi/SmartMeter Appliances)
Cross-discipline research and design methodologies: ‘Facilitation of participation, creativity and innovation’
(Innovation requires: ART not SCIENCE, QUALITATIVE insights not QUANTITATIVE statistics, HUNCHES not FACTS, RISKS not CERTAINTIES)
(Meritocratic value – laymen & lunar-man, amateur & pro-amateur, like-minds & like-hearts)
Self-organising systems: ‘Agriculture as a metaphor. Technology is no longer mechanistic’
(Decentralised and open-source – the self regulating economy of the natural world. Biomimicry Inspiration)
Complexity economics: ‘Mathematical theory of dispersed cross-sensitivity in a self-organising system’
(Anthropology and ethnography of ideas, influence and engagement)
Academic, Corporate & Government protocol and policy: ‘Prosperity in an age of austerity’
(Should systems be focused on creating good citizens rather than economic performance? Net neutrality: The free and open ethos of civics and the internet is as stake if prioritising data/connection/freedomofspeech/human-senses for profit becomes a reality? #Civic-Data rather than #Open-Data?)
UnSelfish Capitalism: ‘Emotional wellbeing over wealth’
(Happiness: Authentic [not sincere], Vivacious [not hyperactive], Playful [not game playing])
(Meet your needs, not your wants. Be, don’t have. Cooperate as well as compete)