A bridge and catalyst
I have worked at the crossroads of culture change, purposeful brand building, participatory design, creative activism, social innovation, storytelling, deep ecology and nature connection for 25 years. My journey started with the Virgin Group where I was Head of Group Brand Strategy. Since then I have co-created ecosystems of change with The Wild Network and supported place-based community activism and the formation of a new relationship with the civic commons with The Active Wellbeing Society.
Throughout this time I have been through my own rewilding journey – time spent learning (and unlearning) from and with the natural world and exploring how these principles of life can be used to create and support meaningful change for each of us and within the communities and organisations we are a part of. I bring this diverse and rich experience together through the lens of Human Rewilding.
It has been a diverse journey, but the themes of wild and change have been there throughout and that is what I now bring to the clients I work with.
The idea of wild or wildness is at the heart of my work. Invariably for many people ‘wild’ relates to ‘nature’, wild being a descriptor for the world that exists beyond human control – this you might describe as the ‘outer wild’. As you delve deeper into that question it becomes clear that there is another version of wildness that brings us back to ourselves, a remembering of our own roots, an inner wild — 240,000 years of being human, 3.8 billion years of life on earth. Deeper still you see that word wild is etymologically linked to the word will. To be be wild is to act in accordance with ones own will and self agency. It invokes passion and vigour, going beyond normal or conventional bounds, an idea that is insatiably alive.
Originally from Walsall in the Black Country of England, I now live deep in the Dart Valley in Devon, between the moor and the sea with my wife and two wild children. I work with clients locally, nationally and internationally.
These same themes always persist:
- It is about adapting in complex times.
- Acting courageously to make positive change happen
- And living to your wild potential.
‘Working with Mark is like having a bridge taking you from where you are, to where you need to be. He will challenge your teams thinking and behaviours in a manner I have not ever experienced before. Mark has made a measurable and lasting difference to my own business, and his credentials speak for themselves.
I can’t think of an organisation that would not benefit from the impact he makes!’
David Hyner – MD, Stretch Development Ltd