Ian’s work with SDG Transformation Forum is to lead the thinking around it as a Viable System and to connect that thinking with a platform design that can bring such a system to fruition. Ian specialises in facilitating teams to work together to develop and deliver strategic innovation from inception to growth in turbulent environments. He has done this for three decades and uses approaches that include the VSM, innovation diffusion theories and practice, future thinking, dilemma resolution, and others, all supported by visual thinking. These complexity approaches can be deployed at scale and online as well as co-located.
He has worked with leading strategic innovation consultancies and was educated at top business schools in the UK. He has formed and led teams to explore and work with complex issues, with specific remit to help the team develop their skills and collaborative capabilities.
Ian works as an independent consultant, as a senior advisor, mentor and manager at not for profit organisations in the UK. He has occupied CEO and VP roles in organisations focused on innovation and change. He led a major research project exploring how technology would enable the emergence of online communities. This work predicted that communities cohered by a shared ethos would emerge and have the potential to generate more variety to address the needed transformation for our world. For the past 10 years, and currently, he works predominantly with such communities and has led the design, implementation and support of them. For Ian the core dilemma we must all address is and working together in the present to build a future that is truly viable for all, not just us humans. For the last few years has devoted himself to development of transformation efforts, in particular as a co-founder of H3Uni.