I co-founded NixonMcInnes, the social consultancy in 2000. We evolved from being a regional web design agency to working with some of the largest organisations in the world, helping them to be more human (everyone’s had bad experiences dealing with big companies, right?) I worked on strategic projects with clients like Coca-Cola, Cisco, WWF, RSPCA, TUI Travel, Barclays, O2 and Channel 4
At NixonMcInnes we tried to do business differently, being open & transparent, ethical and having a very high level of employee freedom and involvement. We by no means got everything right, but we did become one of the first companies in Europe to be recognised by Worldblu as one of the Most Democratic Workplaces in the World.
I left NixonMcInnes in April 2011 to go and see more of the world and get involved in some new things. Now that I’m back I’m putting my energy into using business to bring about positive change in the world. Right now I am:
- curating the start-ups programme for The FuseBox – a physical space and support programme for creative and digital entrepreneurs;
- running a community called The Brightoneers which hosts meet-ups most weeks around the loose theme of creating a local economy based on generating increased levels of wellbeing;
- advising start-ups and social enterprises in Brighton;
- speaking at events.
I’m not a ‘thought leader’ or a ‘guru.’ I just read a lot, think a lot, and try to put new ideas into practice through my work. This blog is a place to share and discuss what I’ve been learning and am working on next.