ABOUT US


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IN A NUTSHELL

 

We exist to catalyse and connect today's emerging leaders, developing their leadership potential and providing them the innovation tools so they can be instrumental drivers of the urgent shift towards a regenerative global economy by becoming system-level leaders before their time.  

 
 

THE CHALLENGE & OUR PURPOSE

We have waited for senior political leaders to solve our existential risks and urgent global problems with regulation. They have not gone far enough. We have waited for senior corporate executives to solve these problems with business change. Progress is slow.

We cannot afford to wait any longer for the people at the top to suddenly "get it" after a lifetime of success using the old ways.  We cannot wait for ambitious and visionary young professionals to rise through the ranks so they can set a new agenda for business in the 21st Century. We cannot wait for innovation, HR, and sustainability heads to pool their resources to drive the change needed across businesses. 

Our vision is to build and nurture a global community of empowered, conscious, and transformational young leaders who have the skills, qualities and tools necessary to solve the many existential threats and risks we face with breakthrough sustainable innovations that move us towards reaching the SDGs and so shift us to a regenerative economy... in years not decades. 

To achieve this vision, we develop and deliver cutting-edge programs that drive breakthrough innovation, next-level leadership and next-gen sustainability thinking to solve complex problems, that matter to society, in radically new ways. We do this through 2 key streams of work:

1) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME: On an annual basis, we run our FutureMakers Fellowship programme - a cross sector leadership and innovation programme which brings together emerging leaders from all sectors for a 3-month transformational experience.

2) CUSTOMISED PROGRAMMES: We also develop next-level sustainability innovation and leadership programmes for businesses and network organisations, which include: 1 Day Future Visioning Summits, 3 Day Sustainable Innovation Sprints, 90 Day Regenerative Business Model Labs, and 6+ month Regenerative Transformation Programmes.

 

METHODOLOGY

We leverage the extensive and rigorous leadership methodology, curriculum, tools and toolkits of our sister business Switch On. Switch On has spent over 15 years working with leaders at the highest levels of ambitious organisations: from No.10 Downing Street and Nike to Oxfam and Intel. Find our more about the co-founders Cat and Nick below:

 

OUR COFOUNDERS

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CAT HIRST

Cat is a strategist, coach, and leadership facilitator who drives positive change and innovation through sustainability leadership. In over a decade of developing and delivering strategies, learning, and leadership programmes, she has come to believe that it is always people who drive major systemic change. When you invest in people, you change businesses for the better. As well as leadership programmes, her experience spans strategy development, learning needs analysis, learning design and coaching. She is an expert in sustainability, innovation, and in the delivery of people-based change programmes. As a Director at the UK Green Building Council she conceived numerous leadership initiatives, targeted at future leaders and change agents right up to C-Suite executives. Cat is motivated by building and nurturing diverse communities around a shared purpose.

NICK JANKEL

Nick is a thought leader who has spent 25 years cracking the code on breakthrough and how to use science, wisdom and leadership tools to wrestle bold breakthroughs from the jaws of uncertainty, change and chaos. The result is The Switch On Way, which ensures leaders can metabolize all change & uncertainty into bold breakthroughs. A polymath who has advised organizations as diverse as Novartis, Nike and No. 10 Downing Street - and ran innovation programs for Virgin Atlantic - he hosted his own TV series on BBC TV and has spoken at the European Commission, Yale and SciencesPo. He obtained a Triple 1st Class degree in Medicine & Philosophy from Cambridge University and is the author of a number of books including the international bestseller Switch On: Unleash Your Creativity With the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough.

 

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