Who are we?

COMMUNICATION AND INNOVATION AGENCY

We are a team of thoughtful disrupters who believe there’s an abundance of good people with brilliant ideas that can have a positive impact on the world.  We help by developing new connections, thinking and platforms.  We do this to give good people and good ideas a stronger story so they win support and grow faster.

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DIFFERENT CONNECTIONS

We create communities and events to give people the chance to exchange stories and ideas. This includes innovative pitching events, unconventional meet ups and one-day festivals.

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DIFFERENT THINKING

We offer strategic advice, workshops and tools to help people find new ways to win support. Our approach is rooted in our craft of storymaking and our innovation know-how.

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DIFFERENT PLATFORMS

We create platforms that become inspiring stories about change. We forge collaborations that bring together innovation and purpose in creative and unusual ways.

WE HELPED GROW GOOD IDEAS WITH

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Partners and Clients
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Community Events
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Tech start ups
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Thoughtful young people

What is our mission?

STRONGER STORIES FROM THE GROUND UP

We are committed to working with clients, investing in partnerships and building capacity across six opportunities to make the world a better place to live.

CELEBRATING CLEAN INNOVATION / DISCOVERING OPPORTUNITIES FROM DIVERSITY / OPENING ACCESS TO EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY BREAKING THE TABOOS STANDING IN THE WAY OF WELLBEING / MAKING RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION DESIRABLE / APPRECIATING THE TRUE VALUE OF THE NATURAL WORLD
SOME OF OUR WORK
BACKING CLEANTECH CEOS

BACKING CLEANTECH CEOS

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MAKING EVERY SKILL VISIBLE

MAKING EVERY SKILL VISIBLE

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OPEN GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

OPEN GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

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NURTURING EARLY GROWTH

NURTURING EARLY GROWTH

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BRINGING THE FUTURE TO LIFE

BRINGING THE FUTURE TO LIFE

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INSPIRING HEROIC STORIES

INSPIRING HEROIC STORIES

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PLOTTING A PILOT

PLOTTING A PILOT

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READY FOR A NEW ERA

READY FOR A NEW ERA

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FESTIVAL OF IDEAS IN EDUCATION

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS IN EDUCATION

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Our people

MEET THE TEAM

Guy Pattison

Guy Pattison

CEO & STRATEGY DIRECTOR
Built a top 5 sport sponsorship business before a rice crop failure prompted him to start supporting entrepreneurs instead. Happiest at a whiteboard or out in the field, mixing the dark arts of communications and innovation for good.

Will Hill

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
After 10 years wrestling with his conscience (and the words of comedian Bill Hicks) Will now focuses on creating campaigns with purpose.  He gets a kick out of using creativity to tell stories that deserve to be heard.

Leah Dennison

PROJECTS COORDINATOR
Leah met the boys through her role at an innovation centre, her appetite for doing things differently convinced them they belonged together. Honed her story instincts through a scriptwriting degree and MA in Digital Media.
Network

Network

FILM STUDIO STYLE MODEL
Inspired by Pixar, we draw upon the best talent when we need it, from our network nurtured over 40 years. We do this because we believe it improves the efficiency, freshness and quality of our work and this is good for clients.

Latest Blog Posts

THE BLOG

3 ways Silicon Valley turns human challenges of innovation into advantages.

3 ways Silicon Valley turns human challenges of innovation into advantages.

On our last night of a recent trip to San Francisco, Will and I found ourselves talking about the common cultural differences between UK and US entrepreneurs and the impact this might have on growing good ideas. Over Bay shrimp and an Anchor Steam, of course. We run a cleantech and sustainability entrepreneur mission called…

Why are stories important?

Why are stories important?

Stories shape who we are and what we do. In fact, we’re hardwired to turn our lives into stories because stories are how we make sense of the world. For thousands of generations, stories were told out loud, from tales of caution or heroics, around the campfire, to today; in the pub with friends, through social media and in the brands we choose. At the same…

Accelerate by John Kotter

Accelerate by John Kotter

Accelerate by John Kotter “Building strategic agility for a faster-moving world”. Published 2014, http://www.kotterinternational.com/book/accelerate/   Reason for review John is a highly regarded writer on leadership – lecturers at Harvard – with this the latest in a series of books over a number of decades. Focuses on a key challenge faced by all big businesses,…