August 9, 2010
I feel I am best on the forefront of innovation, trying to integrate human effort and teamwork with available technologies. I am lucky to have done this sort of thing for some 20 years professionally, and more recently on an "as possible" basis. I see myself as an innovator, and opportunity creator, and am good at seeing big picture opportunities. I see it as very important in the 21st century for us all to build networks of key contacts, who have the skills we need to help us to make a positive difference in the world. A team of committed people can achieve so much more than we can as individuals.
Workshops to evaluate how older jobseekers (both skilled and unskilled) can show their willingness and ability in a social enterprise world. So many workers do a 9 to 5, are bored silly, and don't mind telling the world about it. Such a waste! My other projects, some active some inactive, are: 1) Giving disadvantaged school kids tools and techniques to "re-enter" education 2) Giving investors confidence to invest low-tech in war torn countries 3) Helping the NHS provide better mobile services to end the post code lottery 4) Providing non-bank growth and investment options eg for social enterprises 5) Helping jobless graduates develop entrepreneurial skills 6) Providing ethical marketing strategy and services eg to social enterprises 7) Helping charities and social enterprise with mobile tech for fund raising events 8) How new technologies are changing the business world eg social enterprise 9) A group for the wealthy to support applicable skill training in jobseekers
Yes, but it would have to be a lunchtime session. Another interest area is in aligning the UK's undoubted engineering expertise with low-tech water and food projects in developing nations. I want to form co-operative groups with common interest and trusted connections to deliver real benefit.
Yes, but it would have to be a lunchtime session. Happy to talk in any of my project areas. I tried in the past to get a contact to explain the ability to provide rapid infrastructure, for use in natural disaster situations. Transparency and trust are also key in ensuring promised supplies and funding are delivered as promised, and not "diverted".
I see workshops as being collaborative and interactive in nature, looking for the next steps to take, and forging relationships with key personnel along the way. But I'm a strong believer in having an agreed agenda to work to, which brings focus and a greater chance of achievement and change. What is most important is the trust that develops among the participants, their roles and achievements. Indeed, a recent study suggested that building that trust up front, ok for a business team, whilst not delivering any short term returns, ensured that the team functioned more cohesively and more efficiently in the long run. In turn this means more sustainable and long term returns. If anyone would like advice on planning or running a workshop, I'd be pleased to help, should anyone need this. I can also advise on ways to run online communities to maximise participation and contribution.
Former PM, now helping London Start Ups. Very interested in the business growth process, and taking a start up right through to mainstream. 5 or 6 current projects, including helping disadvantaged UK school kids, knowledge curation, Marketing 2.0.
Brilliant. Happy to make introductions if leaders want to speak / promote at http://www.festivalofenlightenment.com/Support-Us.html.