ABOUT US

DELIVERING PEOPLE POWERED INNOVATION FOR A REGENERATIVE FUTURE

THE CHALLENGE

The climate crisis is not tomorrow’s business problem. It is very much today’s. 

At the same moment in human history, the disruptive technologies of the Digital Age are threatening every business model that was born in the Industrial Age; and a rise in extreme inequality is destabilizing every social system.

We believe that within this unprecedented “triple threat” is a enormous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to invent the business models of the future with, and for, your enterprise.

We all know that there are no simple answers to developing powerful regenerative business models that allow you to thrive even as the damaged, disrupted, and digital worlds converge.

Yet we have a unique and proven process, and set of neuroscience driven tools and interventions, that can make your purposeful ambitions a reality.

THE SOLUTION

We exist to transform sustainability into a force of people- powered systemic change and purpose-driven innovation that delivers on the promises of a regenerative economy: one in which shareholders, employees, citizens and the planet all win.

We do this by shifting people and businesses to a mode of ‘next-generation sustainability’, by equipping them with the leadership insights and innovation tools to solve complex problems that matter to society, in radically new ways.  

We work with you at 3 different levels:

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1) INDIVIDUALS

We support you and your colleagues by sharing new thinking, hosting rejuvenating events, and running immersive learning programmes which help you to unlock your purpose, step up to the next level as a leader and foster collaborative action within and outside of your organization. We provide you with a rigorous methodology, transformation tools and powerful practices to help you lead people-powered change. 

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2) BUSINESSES

We work with your organisation to support you in the transition to a regenerative business, customising interventions around your businesses unique strategy, purpose, and culture. We leverage your internal resources to help you progressively break through organizational silos and marshall the ambition and people-power for you to make the transition to a truly sustainable business, fit for the future.

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3) SYSTEMS

Rather than rely on policymakers to regulate ecosystems, we convene and support systemic change initiatives driven by network organizations, foundations, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs united with a common regenerative purpose. We provide a rigorous multi-stakeholder methodology, systemic change approach, sustainable innovation process, and unique transformation tools to cultivate people-powered change across entire systems.

THE FOUNDERS

FutureMakers was founded by two purpose-driven entrepreneurs who share a common vision of business being a force for good within an economy that has shifted away from being extractive to being regenerative with a net-positive impact.

We passionately believe that now is the time for business leaders at every level of the organization and in every part of the economic system to step up, find their purpose, and use it transform the role and value of sustainability and change the ecosystems they touch.

Between us, we have worked with scores of multi-nationals, non-profits, government departments and ambitious start-ups and scale-ups – from Unilever to Grosvenor Estates, from WWF to the NHS – on projects driven by sustainability, innovation, strategy and human resources. We aim to bring all these verticals together to bring about Next-Generation Sustainability: People-Powered Change For A Regenerative Economy.

Find out more about the co-founders Cat and Nick below

CAT HIRST

After many years consulting on sustainability, Cat worked as Director of Learning & Innovation at the UK Green Building Council, where she delivered change through purpose-driven leadership and sustainable innovation.  Here she came to realise that people were the key to shifting the system.  In over a decade of developing and delivering sustainability strategies, learning and leadership programmes she holds a firm belief that technical solutions alone will not achieve the change we need to see – we need to inspire, and empower leaders at every level to shift to a regenerative economy. Cat is an expert in sustainability, innovation, leadership and in the delivery of people-based change programmes. She works an advisor,  strategist, coach, and thought leader who drives people and business to ‘next generation’ sustainability. Cat has developed numerous learning and leadership programmes for FTSE 100 companies which have engaged entire organisations in sustainability from future leaders up to C-suite executives.  She also authored a Guide to Sustainable Innovation.

 

 

 

NICK JANKEL

Nick Jankel is a Cambridge-educated medic and philosopher of science who has built a career in systemic change and transformation. Having founded a strategic innovation agency working with major multinationals to manage threats and seize opportunities core to their future survival in his early 20s, Nick experienced a major life epiphany at age 30 and rediscovered his purpose: to reduce suffering and increase thriving in our socio-economic systems. As a result, he founded Switch On, a transformation company that is run as a social enterprise that has worked with WWF on systemic regenerative innovation, the British Council on scaling social enterprise, Oxfam on their policy and campaigning innovation lab, The Young Foundation on systemic social innovation, Rockefeller on systemic social innovation. He has also advised corporates like Unilever and Diageo on responsible and sustainable brand and innovation strategies. A prolific writer and thought leader, he is the author of a number of influential papers on systemic social and environmental innovation and has lectured on these themes at Oxford, Yale, and LBS. He has twice given keynotes on systemic change at No.10 Downing Street. Including to the Permanent Secretaries of every ministry; and has collaborated with Ashoka, Ultd, SoCap, Impact Hub, Acumen, and Omidyar Network amongst many others.

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