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Adah Parris

Futurist, Consultant, Coach, Public Speaker, Artist

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsConsultant - Strategist - Artist

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About me

I'm fascinated by people, patterns, and stories. As a futurist, consultant, public speaker and coach, I have over 20 years experience in creating transformational change and people-centred immersive ecosystems. I believe that innovation should be systemic across a business and in order to create an ethical culture of innovation, you first need to turn those ‘doing’ the innovating into philosophers of life, society and humanity. Business change is people change. I believe in the power of human potential and have developed The Four Freedoms as a framework to enable people and organisations to be more HUMAN in an increasingly digital and technological world. To recognise that your greatest asset is your ability to make choices, to understand your individual and collective value and to adapt their behaviours to create sustainable and impactful change. Identity, Culture, Economics, Ecosystem. Personal expression: Transformation begins by examining and understanding the why, who, what, where, when and how of one's identity and values. The labels one chooses to accept, wear or reject. Bridging the gap between internal beliefs and external narratives enables people to bring their full-selves to each environment. To be unapologetically themselves. To be human. Cultural freedom: Inclusive cultures, systems and structures (technological, social, business, economic, political) empower individuals to flourish leading to an organic paradigm shift in beliefs, values and behaviours. Inclusivity is more transformational than diversity. Economic freedom: Numbers count, and yet they only tell part of the story. Human measures such as passion and impact have a greater bearing on motivation, happiness, innovation and sustainable financial growth. Social freedom: Creativity and innovation flourish in organic ecosystems, where there is an appreciation of the value, contribution and impact of every human in the system. Social freedom occurs (or is enhanced) when people or organisations are in a state of flow; when the previous three freedoms (personal expression, culture and economics) are addressed and introduced, moving it from one of surviving to thriving. Welcome to a conscious Anthropocene - the age of conscious humans. Contact me to see how I can help you nurture and manage sustainable personal, professional and commercial relationships.

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Skills

  • Leadership Development
  • Storytelling
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Learning Design
  • Business Coaching
  • Brand Consultancy
  • Business Innovation
  • Public Speaking
  • Consulting
  • Problem Solving

Work history

Currently

Board Advisor

Cyborg Nest

Aug 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • The Cyborg Nest designs artificial senses.

Currently

#IamRemarkable facilitator

g.co/IamRemarkable

May 2018
  • United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • #IamRemarkable is an initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. As a facilitator, my role involves hosting workshops and being an ambassador for #IamRemarkable within my personal and professional networks. To learn more and join the initiative visit: g.co/IamRemarkable

Currently

Apr 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • The Collective Foundation provides support to outstanding students, aspiring entrepreneurs and industry leaders. From work experience and apprenticeship programmes through to subsidised living and working space, The Collective Foundation is a launchpad for turning dreams into reality. It is made up of The Collective Fellowship, The Collective All-Stars and The Collective Partnerships.

Currently

Strategic Board Advisor

DigitalTown

Jan 2018
  • United States
  • Freelance
  • DigitalTown is a publicly traded company made up of experienced futurists, technologists, business leaders, and good people passionate about preserving and celebrating, local communities. We create discoverable online communities where residents and visitors take part in local economic success, and we do it on a global scale. We work with city stakeholders, provide local merchants with a free online storefront, and share in the success with the citizens directly all to keep funds where they belong, local. We make civic pride a call to action and inspire people to co-create solutions together in communities across the globe.

Currently

Aug 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Short Course Lecturer for the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University. Co-designing and lecturing on Goldsmiths short course, How to Run Social Media and Digital Marketing Campaigns. http://www.gold.ac.uk/short-courses/social-media-marketing/

Currently

Futurist, Strategic Consultant, Coach

Djembe Consulting

Oct 2010
  • United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I work with clients in three ways through strategic consulting, public speaking and coaching. I help my clients to recognise and harness the value of their brand equity which ultimately will have a positive bearing on their identities, relationships, business operations, revenue streams and wider society. I have worked with businesses and individuals in marketing, advertising, media, entrepreneurship, start-ups, and education and take a humanity-centred design approach to problem-solving. My clients have included, Sainsbury's, Ogilvy Labs, Innovate Finance, The EU Council, the British Film Institute (BFI) to name a few. I have spoken and hosted at events such as Nominet Trust's Transforming Lives with Tech: A Global Conversation; Google for Nonprofits UK Annual Summit, DigitasLBi UK NewFront Make the Internet Great Again, Pirate Summit, Shambala Festival, and ArabNet Dubai. I speak about the future of work; the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on equality; personal identity and storytelling in a digital world and how to build deeper sustainable, value-based relationships amongst other similar topics. Through one-to-one coaching, I work with my clients to define and reach their goals quicker than they would on their own. Together we break these goals into small manageable and practical tasks. I help them to help them nurture their passions as a new breed of creatives, philosophers, hackers, innovators and doers to transform their lives and their businesses.

2018

Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • The Friday Club London is a non-profit ‘events’ company set up to help drive meaningful connections between London’s most disruptive start-ups and key leaders of innovation within the marketing/media space. As a futurist, I explore the technology landscape and curate events around emerging and new technologies to drive innovation within and across the media and communications industry.