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I bring generative ingenuity, big-picture thinking and a pioneering spirit to missions that fly in the face of the status quo, turn possibilities into reality, and transform pressing challenges into widespread value.

The term generative ingenuity was coined by the eminent psychologist and psychoanalyst Erik Erickson, who defined it like this:

Generative ingenuity is the capacity to commit to and care for another person and enhance his or her personal growth through exercising creativity, wisdom, and love in the relationship.

Here is my latest attempt at translating that definition to make it relevant to the work I do in organizations:

Generative ingenuity means using inventiveness, wisdom and a service ethos to help individuals, teams and enterprises realize their value generation potential.

Although I am directing my efforts towards the consulting, marketing and digital sectors, I can bring generative ingenuity to any kind of business, government body or third sector organisation.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a possible assignment.

Inventor of the Generative Enterprise concept

A generative enterprise is a business or nonprofit organization that seeks to generate maximum value for customers or users, other stakeholders, wider society, and, as a natural consequence, the enterprise itself.

Read more about Generative Enterprise

Inventor of the Rich Co-creation methodology

Rich Co-creation is a collaborative innovation and change methodology. In a generative enterprise, Rich Co-creation is the predominant way of planning and expediting project-based work.

The methodology has been 25 years in the making. I chose the name Rich Co‑creation to signify that it is potent and value-focused.

Read more about Rich Co-creation

Previous work

Co-creation consultant

Specialist in collaborative innovation and change.

2002 – 2016

Hoochie-Coochie

Startup that devised, developed and introduced a wish fulfilment game for adventurous couples. Co-founder and CEO.

2006 – 2007

The Innovation Agency

Innovation and change consultancy. Founder and CEO.

1999 – 2001

The Centre for Large Group Interventions

Amsterdam-based service that helped businesses and nonprofit organizations deploy Open Space Technology, Real Time Strategic Change and other ‘whole system in the room’ methods to address strategic and operational challenges. Founder and CEO.

Innovatics

Innovation and change consultancy. Partner (with Mo Cohen).

1991 – 1994

Leith & Price

Business development consultancy serving the advertising, marketing and media sectors. Co-founder (with Richard Price) and director of innovation and development.

1983 – 1990

Earlier

Alphabetically:

Alexon Fashion merchandiser

Beavis, Shrimpling & Softly Advertising agency account manager

Campbell Connelly Music publisher’s assistant

Debenhams Management trainee, department manager, merchandising executive

IPC Magazines Media sales executive

Lonsdale Advertising Account manager

Marketing Week Media sales executive

Former posts

Council member, Association for Management Education & Development.

Founder, Moon Shots—a global community of management renegades brought together by Gary Hamel’s Harvard Business Review article, Moon Shots for Management.

Head of interaction, Intranet Benchmarking Forum (now Digital Workplace Group).

Co-founder, Open Space UK.

Committee member, Bristol Festival Community Group.

Some of the organizations I have assisted

ABN Amro Bank

Age Concern (now Age UK)

Arts Factory

Association for Management Education & Development

Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (now Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

Bayer CropScience

Birmingham City University

Development Trusts Association

Dogs Trust

EarthSpirit Festival

Environment Agency

European Commission

European Nuclear Society

Findhorn Foundation

GlaxoSmithKline

Guinness Ireland Group (now Diageo Ireland)

Head4Arts

ICI Melinex (now Teijin DuPont Films)

ICI Paints

Imagination

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — MIT Entrepreneurship Center

McCain Foods

NHS

National Association of Street Artists

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

New Solutions

Numico

PwC

Petroleum Development Oman

Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis)

Prudential

Royal Dutch Shell: Group Strategy

Shell GameChanger

Shell International Exploration & Production

Shell Risk and Insurance

UK Government: Cabinet Office, Department of Health, Home Office, and various local authorities

University of Brighton: Community-University Partnership Programme

The Value Engineers

W.H. Smith

Some past talks and workshops

Examples:

Enriching the World: Is it good business practice?

That’s the title of the five-minute talk I gave at Ignite Bristol (motto: Enlighten us, but make it quick) on 31 October 2010. I have since modified some of the concepts I presented. The 20 slides accompanying the talk auto-advance every 15 seconds.


Organizing Without Managers: Exploring new forms of organization

A one-day workshop held at Ashridge, UK, on 1 July 2016 that Jack designed and subsequently led with Andrew Campbell, a director at Ashridge Strategic Management Centre.

Download slides illustrating the 150-year history of management theory and practice.

Some past conference sessions

Examples:

European Sharing on Systems Thinking

Prague, Czech Republic, June 2015

Facilitator of Knowledge Café: Designing innovation and change work to create maximum ecosystem value—the why and the how

Facilitator of Open Space part of the conference

UX Bristol 2012

Bristol, United Kingdom | 20 July 2012

Workshop facilitator: Co-create a short talk in a day.

Participants in this workshop started with a blank slate. Working throughout the refreshment breaks and the lunch period, they co-created a conference session, What are you taking away from today? which they ran towards the end of the day.

MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Annual conference | Madrid, Spain | March 2008

Facilitator of Open Space part of the conference

SOCAP Europe

May–June 2011 | Organiser: Social Capital Markets

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Facilitator of Open Space part of the conference

Social Enterprise Bristol

Organiser: Bristol City Council

Conference chair and facilitator

Conference on Large Group Intervention Methods

Organiser: Schouten & Nelissen, The Netherlands

Workshop facilitator

Teaching work

Examples:

London Business School

Seminar for members of the LBS innovation network

London School of Economics and Political Science

Branding seminar for marketing undergraduates

University of Brighton

Visiting lecturer, MA Change Management

Innovation Masterclass

A series of two-day learning events attended by senior innovation and strategy executives from W.L. Gore & Associates, W.H. Smith, Powergen (now E.ON), and various parts of Shell including Group Strategy and Shell GameChanger

Conference production

Examples:

International Symposium on Organization Transformation

OT11: Crete, Greece
OT12: Wimborne, United Kingdom

Co-convenor

Creating the World We Want

London, United Kingdom

Co-convenor

IBF Live (Intranet Benchmarking Forum)

London, United Kingdom

Programme director

The Future of Management Development

Chelwood Gate, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Co-convenor and Open Space facilitator

Read Paul Levy’s account of the conference

Publications

Examples:

Creating Collaborative Gatherings Using Large Group Interventions

Gower Handbook of Training & Development, Chapter 28.

Although written in 1999, much of the content remains relevant.

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Creating Greatness in the Realm Beyond Systems Thinking

Article forming part of an e-book for participants in European Sharing on Systems Thinking, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2015

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Organizational Change and Large Group Interventions

Career Development International, 1/4 [1996] 19–23, MCB University Press

In this paper I propose six preconditions for successful change efforts.

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