I work to improve our understanding of the world and each other, through more intense, yet easy, expression, interaction and experience. I like technology, but see it as just part of the picture - it can drive invention and change, but what is important is improving how people live, learn and work. We must focus on the human.
Today, I'm founding The Stamp, a new club that helps people account for creative work.
My career to date has been about helping people describe new ideas, technologies and approaches, and challenging systems that are failing to deliver what is possible. I'm good at turning ideas into something tangible, capturing the narrative of the journey and helping people work out what order to do things in. I help to shape, define and grow teams of people that put ideas into practice. I’m especially good at helping complex teams function well - people who have grown up in diverse ways, with different skills, in different cultures. I think it’s great to be an artistic engineer.
I grew up and studied in the UK. I have a Masters degree in Design Studies from Central St Martins College of Art, and a Bachelors in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University. I went to school at Frodsham High, in Cheshire.
After spending nine years as a co-founder of Akvo.org, I've chosen to spend 2016 defining a series of new roles as a project director, writer and artist. I learned a lot during my time at Akvo, a Dutch-based foundation that creates open source software and services that help bring to life and improve the accountability of international development aid networks. More than $2 billion of aid spend is now being visualised, reported or monitored through Akvo systems, supported by a "tiny multinational" team of just 70 people in 14 countries. I run my own design and consulting firm, the Movement Design Bureau, in the UK.
I was born in 1971 in Liverpool, in Northwest England. I’ve lived in London for about twenty years. I also spend time living and working in Amsterdam, am magnetically drawn to California, and seem to visit Sweden and Spain a lot.
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