supporting our network with FSC surgery
We've launched our FSC Surgery this week, with free workshopping and advice sessions for our community to support them in structure and developing their campaign, project or business idea towards launch. We ran our first session yesterday, when we were joined by our partners at Real Queers, to work on shaping the business model and defining their proposition. To book your session, use our handy online booking form here.
Knowing your type
On 26th September we were joined by FSC Advisor Sarah Hyndman, author of ‘Why Fonts Matter’ to chat about and explore how typography and typefaces can be used as cultural codes. In this fantastic, interactive and thought provoking conversation we started to understand typography from a far larger perspective. To join our future FSC Socials, visit our Events page here.
The FSC Incubator is funded by our Impact Fund. We use our profits to fund social impact start up ideas from our members and beyond - taking them from concept to seed funding. We also pay FSC freelancers proper day rates to work on the FSC Incubator projects - allowing them to support other member’s ideas, get paid and contribute their skills and knowledge to something worthwhile. If you have a start up idea to discuss, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRINK TANK: CONTAINED/UNRESTRAINED
August’s Drink Tank hosted incredible FSC Advisor Sulaiman Khan, Chief Purpose Officer at ThisAbility. Sulaiman shared his insight on how the greatest creativity, human invention and adventure comes from a place of constraints. It was an incredible night, with a room of likeminded people ready to share their passion for the topic. New relationships were made and already some exciting projects are in the mix. As Sulaiman says, daringly forward!
GREAT WORK FOR THE GREATER GOOD
FSC aims to be a force for good in the world. That’s why we put our profits into our Impact Fund to put our talents to good use. We use the IF to fund the FSC Incubator and projects focused on community, sustainability and isolation. If you have an idea you need some help with, email us at email@example.com.
We’re stoked to be sponsoring the UK’s leading UX Meetup UX Crunch, hosted by Tech Circus. 250 UXers meet monthly to drive their discipline through best practice, ground breaking projects and troubleshooting. If you’re attending one of their London events, come meet Avalyn to hear more about FSC and becoming a member.
DRINK TANK: DIVERSITY DISRUPTION
Our June Drink Tank was with one of the UK’s most influential women in Tech, Rioch Edwards-Brown. It was a great night, and we loved hearing from Rioch about her journey and mission to share up diversity recruitment and help organisations hire for the future. We were also inspired by all the stories from everyone that attended. It was emotional! If can see our upcoming events here.
TEN GREEN BOTTLES SUSTAINABILITY SPONSOR
Ten Green Bottles will be the official Sustainability Partner for the TBD conference in November. TBD will be the first UK event to earn our Towards Zero Waste Certification, and all 300 attendees will get a free Ten Green Bottles steel water bottle.
DIVERSITY DISRUPTIOn DRINK TANK
We had our latest drink tank with Rioch Edwards-Brown on June 7th. It was a great night, and we loved having the amazing Rioch to share her journey and her mission to shake up diversity recruitment and help organisations hire for the future. We were also very inspired by all the stories from everyone that attended about why they do what they do and how they got to where they are. It was emotional!
THE FSC HITS 140 and targets 500 by XMAS
The FSC curated pool of freelancers and creative businesses has hit 140 in less than 6 months. We have met everyone of the 140 so far through our Member Debut meet ups, and we plan to grow the talent quickly but organically making sure we sit down with each and everyone of our members to get to know them over a cup of tea (or glass of wine).
Ten Green bottles, THE FSC IMpact FUNd Start up, wins first clients
Ten Green Bottles, first start up to emerge from the FSC Social Impact Fund, has just won its first two certification clients with another 20 businesses in the pipeline about to be signed up. TGB is also about to launch an anti-plastic guerrilla campaign that we are super excited about that plays out in the year 2040 where plastics have taken over the world.
FSC SPecialists Ben & max RINGHAM’s new play ‘ANNA’ opens at the national
Created by sound designers Ben and Max Ringham and playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) , this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal). It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin. Read more and book tickets here.
AWARD WINNING FSC ADVISOR
FSC Advisor and Daily Mirror columnist Ros Wynne-Jones won Feature Writer of the Year at the 2019 Press Awards. Ros is one of the most dedicated reporters in the UK today, standing up for the poor and overlooked of our society. Read her weekly column in The Mirror here.
SPONSORING LOCAL with NUNFEST
The FSC sponsored the first ever Nunfest London, a 1 day multi-venue FREE music festival in SE15. The festival was held across a number of local businesses and spaces and drew a huge crowd on the beautiful hot Easter Bank Holiday.
THE 100 party
The FSC hit 100 members! Well, 140 to be precise. We celebrated together on April 12th at Peckham Levels with amazing music from Nia Ekanem and Ella Bee and art from Urban Water-colourist Tom Newman and Poet The Writer.
drink tank - collaborative advantage
On 21st February the FSC hosted guest speaker Paul Skinner, Author of Collaborative Advantage: How collaboration beats competition , and Founder of Pimp my Cause. Members shared their transparent and honest experiences on a truly inspirational evening. Our guests included the CMO of Ben & Jerry’s, the CEO of Rated People, the former Digital Director of The Times, a former VP of News Corp and many more amazing disruptors.
ISSUEs 0 & 1 available in all good carparks.
Pop into Peckham Levels to get your free copy
VIDEO - An Introduction to Systems Thinking
Founder of The Future Strategy Club and editor of the FSC Mag, Justin Small, introduces Systems Thinking and how the feedback loop is key to developing executable strategies that adapt to the future conditions within which they exist.
VIDEO - The FSC Launch
The FSC Mag Issue 1 launch party saw 120 of our members and friend come down to Peckham Levels for a night of great music, drinks and dancing for an epic first Sunday Session.
VIDEO - Unpackit - Be a Lunch Time Hero
The UK alone produces more than 170m tonnes of waste every year, much of it food packaging. Unpackit is an FSC initiative to cut down the use of food packaging by bringing our own container when getting a lunchtime takeaway, and saving the world a little everyday. https://www.unpackit.uk/
VIDEO - What the F#@K is Strategy‘ Keynote
Founder of The Future Strategy Club and editor of the FSC Mag, Justin Small, presents a keynote on ‘What the F#@K is Strategy‘ , discussing the history of strategy from the 1950s to the present, and doubles down on his belief that strategy without execution is just fluff.
Your Customer is dead.
Issue 1 of the FSC Mag is out in October. Much like ‘Future Thinkers, Where the F#@k Are You’ (Issue 0), the central theme is about sustainability, but focuses on the behaviour change we need to make to save ourselves, and how innovation from the people in the Creative Industries will help us do that. Plus a lot of funny shit and great articles we think you’ll love, including Calm C#@t Colouring (pictured).
Ray RAy loves You.
But not just you, he loves anyone who will give him a tummy rub. The Future Strategy of Dogs, he is the dog to turn cat lovers to the other side, and make grown adults cross a busy street and nearly get run over shouting ‘Oh my god - he is so fluffy!.’ Of course, he has his own instagram obviously.
DRIVING TOWARDS A ZERO WASTE PECKHAM LEVELS.
The Future Strategy Club is partnering with Peckham Levels to help them innovate around waste reduction across the whole site. The ambition is big, but Peckham Levels is a unique collaborative community space that always wants to be leading the way - and achieving zero waste is something that fits their philosophy perfectly, and is the right thing to do.
New office in a car park in peckham.
If the main job of an agency is to be closer to the ground than their clients, The Future Strategy Club is streets ahead. We have opened our new club in Peckham Levels, a regenerated carpark in the heart of Peckham full of entrepreneurs, makers, artists and designers. We are taking the agency back to basics by opening up the club space as a creative hub, for everyone to use. As it use to be, and as it will be again.
Drink Tank: Executing Strategy in A Disrupted World
September's Drink Tank hosted FSC Advisor Gareth Tennant, a specialist intelligence strategist and former Head of Intelligence for the Royal Marines. Gareth shared his knowledge on the art of decision making in a complex environment, drawing examples from the continuously disrupted commercial world, and discussed the role of strategy in it.
The Collective Canary Wharf Launch
The Collective is the new co-living brand sweeping across the globe right now. Think WeWork with a social purpose. Talented FSC Members have been working with them on the service design, website and campaigns leading up to the launch of their latest building in Canary Wharf. The building is one of many on their exciting journey creating community living across the world.
CREATIVITY & FINDING EXCELLENCE
The July FSC Social was a great success with Alison Coward, Founder of Bracket enlightening us on the practicalities of running successful workshops, and Dan Simmons, Founder of Propelia, joining us to share his insight on client collaboration to enhance creativity (and some fascinating stories about his time managing Marilyn Manson). If you’d like to sign up to next month’s FSC Social, check out our Events page here.
Building our Community
FSC doesn’t charge a membership fee. Instead our Members add value to the community by sharing their knowledge, skills and experience and contributing 1 Free Thing a year. Whether it is a workshop, presentation, article, podcast or blog, our Members keep their peers at the top of their game. And if putting themselves out there in this way isn’t their bag, we ask them to contribute a half day of volunteering at one of our local Peckham community projects. Pay it forward!
THE JUNE FSC SOCIAL
Jane Evans from Uninvisibility and Kitty Newman from Trapeze Media joined us for a truly inspiring FSC Social where they shared their knowledge and stories around nailing social media as a freelancer and using it to start a movement to empower women over 50. Book your free ticket for the July FSC Social here.
FSC WInS NOBL GLOBAL ACCOUNT
The FSC’s latest big client win is Nobl - a new US insurance brand about to disrupt the insurance market using artificial intelligence and blockchain. Nobl has been created because its founders believe insurance needs to change to become simpler, quicker and more customer focused. The FSC is spearheading the global launch.
Ten Green BOTTLE Merch coming soon.
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FSC SHOP launches SOON
Everything FSC on a t-shirt, a cap, a book, a mug or a sticker. If you are unemployed, a pensioner, a student or under 13 (and can prove it) you will get everything at cost (as long as you send us a pic of you wearing it).
next drink tank - Diversity disruption
We’ll be joined at our next Drink Tank on 7th June by one of the most influential women in Tech, Rioch Edwards-Brown from So You Wanna Be in TV? Our theme is Diversity Disruption. The ability to innovate and stay ahead of the market has never been more crucial for organisations across the world, and diversity within the workforce is a critical component of being able to be innovative. Without it, organisations begin to lose relevancy and the capability to see emerging trends, therefore becoming static and opening themselves up to disruption. Diversity recruitment is a key part of transformation to future proof.
VIDEO - The Future of Strategy & The End of the World.
Founder of The Future Strategy Club and editor of the FSC Mag, Justin Small, talks about the history of strategy and his awakening to the possibility of the end of world (and what he is trying to do about it). Some very necessary swearing is included in this presentation (and a less than necessary rubbish early morning joke).
FSC Mag Issue 2 is out in JUNe
Our theme for this issue is collaboration, and how hierarchy, and command & control methods of organisation have led us to the precipice. Unless we begin to work together at a local level, at an organisational level, at a country level, and at a species level, we are doomed. We must collaborate, or else. Plus a load of other stuff we think will make you laugh (‘cause we bloody well need it!). Get our last two issues for free here
CREATIVE COMMUNITY PROJECT & FSC
The Creative Community Project is designed to introduce young people to visual arts, photography and literature with little to no access to these creative industries. The FSC has proudly been supporting the project, and hosting their events and team workshops.
Pioneering FSC Advisor Leanne Pero launched a powerful photography campaign through her charity, The Leanne Pero Foundation to tackle concerns that women from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are failing to come forward for cancer treatment because of religious and cultural reasons. Visit the Facebook page here
AR/VR is the next brand frontier.
We have been busy creating a strategic framework for brands to understand who they need to be, plan what they need to do, and execute experiences that drive commercial metrics within this new story world. In our opinion it is the new advertising and we have launched a this new product on our APM to help brands envision and execute who they need to be in this new brand frontier. Check out our Immersive Experience Framework.
FSC DRINK TANK with EUROPE’s foremost expert on IA
For our inaugural ‘Drink Tank’ dinner, we stepped off the precipice by bringing over one of our Advisor members, Nathanael Ackerman, who helped design France’s Artificial Intelligence program and runs a network of over 1000 AI experts called Le Hub IA France. to come over from Paris for the evening and take us back to the basics. Nathanael spoke to 13 of our Advisor and Specialist Members at our office in a converted car park in Peckham and we threw some ideas around over a many bottles of wine and some good food. Read how the night went here
A natural state of Entropy
The movement from stable to unstable, from disruptor to disrupted, from top dog to sick as a dog - is as natural as the coming of the seasons. The only way to deal with it is to move with it and be in a state of continuous change yourself. That’s where The Future Strategy Club comes in - using a curated members network of the best disruption advisers and specialists, we partner with the top dogs to help them drive out the brittleness in their culture, operations and technology, to become as fluid as possible, and withstand the winds of change when they come. And come they will.
FSC Free BAll is ALive.
We find movement frees the mind up for some proper disruptive ideation - and basketball seems to fit the burst & chunking nature of thinking under pressure. So we run FreeBall sessions for our clients and ourselves in order to get those stodgy minds moving, and get them out of the confined space of the office. Come try it, we think you’ll love it - and if you don’t, you’ll at least get a bit of free sweat on.