Working with think tank championing responsible tech for a fairer future, founded by Martha Lane Fox, to help charity and social enterprise leadership embrace technology, the internet and strategy responsibly.
Makerversity build and run campuses for creative startups. We also run free learning programmes for young people interested in a career in emerging industries.
I founded Makerversity in February 2013 at Somerset House, London and have led our growth across Europe. We now support over 300 innovative startups with access space, networks, funding, support and tools.
Observer / NESTA New Radical Award: as one of the UK's 50 most radical social businesses.
NICE Award: European Centre for Creative Economy - the Best Social / Cultural Enterprise in Europe (both 2016).
Makerversity members also constitute our faculty, each contributing time and skills to inspire the next generation of creative and practical minds through work placements, events and our education programme Makerversity DIY.
In 2018 we hired a CEO to lead Makerversity into the next phase, and I am no longer involved in day-to-day operations, but remain close to decision-making as a shareholder and advisor.
I'm teaching part time in the Visual Communications department at SHU, working with final year and masters students to help prepare them for the 'real world'.
I'm a trustee for one of the UK's biggest and best-known artist studio and gallery providers, established in 1977.
I've been leading a project in Lincolnshire prototyping ways of improving domiciliary care and, more broadly, Adult Social Care
I'm an advisor and minority shareholder with an amazing start-up called Envio founded by James Wilkinson. Envio is a try-before-you-buy consumer hardware logistics service. That means they ship you products to try for a day or week before you buy them. I bit like it used to be when people went to shops instead of buying online. Remember that?
I've been helping the Coop Digital team envision and test new approaches to their communities strategy.
I've been working with the Good Things Foundation to build a new team internally that moves from delivering digital services to building products.
In many ways a precursor to Makerversity, A&J started life as a digital prototyping workshop in an old cafe on Lower Marsh in Waterloo, London. Alongside Chris Jarratt and HTA Architects I ran workshops with local people, introducing them to digital manufacturing and prototyping changes and improvements to the local area; bike storage, shop signs, wildlife habitat, benches etc.
A&J is an experiment in the role digital manufacturing can play in democratising decision making in the public realm i.e. how local people can shape where they live.
A&J has since popped up on thr Aylesbury Estate in London and with the NHS in Bristol.
I've designed museum exhibits in Singapore, built new platforms to deliver social care across the UK, worked with artisan food producers in Cornwall, created sneaker brands in China, built wildlife habitats in Barking and some other stuff too.