Here to enrich the world
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with great vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
28th President of the United States
There is a gulf between how we think innovation and change happen, and how they really happen. Jack’s lifelong quest is to get as close as possible to the truth.
Jack is the founder and director of Futuregen Labs, an innovation and education facility based in Bristol, United Kingdom.
It conceives, develops and introduces one-of-a-kind creations that disrupt the status quo, enrich the world, and are freely available to everyone who might benefit from them.
In September 2014, Futuregen Labs will launch futuregen, a system for creating generative enterprises.
Futuregen provides an enterprise with the means for discovering its ecopurpose (why the enterprise exists, beyond profit) and bringing it to life through the co-creation of vision, strategy and implementation plans, and subsequently through sustained collaborative action.
Futuregen enables enterprises to become ever more effective in their strategy, innovation and change work, thereby creating more value for their customers, other stakeholders and society as a whole—and, as a consequence, for themselves.
Enriching the world: is it good business practice?
This is the title of Jack’s five minute Ignite Bristol talk. The 20 slides that accompany it auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Jack worked as a co-creation consultant from the early 1990s until 2014, although he didn’t discover the term co-creation until 1994, when it appeared in the Shared Vision section of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.
Over the course of more than two decades, Jack provided consulting services and educational programmes to a rich assortment of private, public and third sector organisations.
His clients included ABN Amro Bank, Department of Health, Dogs Trust, European Commission, GlaxoSmithKline, Home Office, Imagination, McCain Foods, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, Shell International and WH Smith.
Jack has also done consulting work for a broad spread of government bodies, arts organisations and professional services firms.
In 1999, he contributed a chapter—Creating Collaborative Gatherings Using Large Group Interventions—to the Gower Handbook of Training & Development.
He has led workshops at London Business School and London School of Economics and Political Science, and at University of Brighton, where they formed part of the university’s MA Change Management.
Jack has many contacts working in the fields of academia, management consulting and marketing services, and he is in touch with some of the world’s leading management innovators, authors and speakers.
He has been a practising innovator and change activist since childhood, and a serial entrepreneur for much of his working life, with Futuregen Labs being his most recent venture.
Jack lives in Bristol, United Kingdom.
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