We are equally at home in the arts, science and technology
Solving complex problems involves left brain and right brain, logic and intuition, analysis and synthesis, facts and feelings. Not one at a time, but in dialogue with each other. We create that intermingling by bringing inspiration and tools from both areas into the same solution space.
Complex problems that resist resolution often have interconnected causes and effects. The only way to address these kinds of problems is to develop our capacity to see the whole, not just individual parts. We draw on sciences that require systems thinking – economics, ecology, computer science – and the arts, particularly improvisation (improv) and storytelling. For example, we can explore the consequences of change by looking at the 3-act structure of plays and films: act 1 sets the scene of the world as it is now, act 2 shows the consequences of a change, and act 3 shows the new equilibrium of a changed world.
Organisations, like biological and digital systems, are networks with special properties.
We can improve the way organisations work, from recruitment and retention to innovation and productivity, by understanding the science of networks. We can experience directly and viscerally network phenomena such as emergence through improvisation, and we can deliberately and consciously improve our internal networks by encouraging serendipitous encounters and connections across departmental silos through facilitated shared experiences, from design thinking workshops to arts-based training. Like Google, we can engineer serendipity by (re-)designing our buildings, workspaces and schedules to maximise encounters with the unknown and unfamiliar.
We are a boundary spanning organisation.
We love bringing together diverse strands of thinking, ways of knowing and experiencing to crack truly difficult problem nuts.
- Systems thinking
- Artificial intelligence
- Forum theatre
- Software engineering
- Role play
- Design thinking
— Networks in the Knowledge Economy, 2003
Antony is a compulsive boundary-spanner. He can’t help himself!
He’s an ex-software engineer with diverse interests who got bored of solving problems the same way and started to intersect the emerging arts and technologies to create breakthroughs. Antony is most at home when the wheels come off and all seems lost. That’s when he is able to think most clearly and intermingle technology and arts to find a new way forward.
After graduating from the Université de Nantes in European Economics, Antony worked as an interpreter, translator and marketer for an international manufacturer. He then re-trained in computer science, human-computer interaction and genetics, and worked as a software engineer, user experience (UX) designer and senior manager in management consulting (PA Consulting), finance (Brady plc), genomics (European Bioinformatics Institute) and the nonprofit sector (Camfed – Campaign for Female Education).
Along the way he became interested in people and how they get along. He trained in a variety of techniques, including psychodynamic counselling, cultural intelligence (CQ), acting, role play and improvised theatre (improv).