Richard Freeman founded always possible in 2014 after 15 years working in creative learning, local government and with scaling businesses. He had come to understand what makes a great organisation fizz with good ideas – and what makes other teams waste time and energy chasing dead-ends.
The business was born as an optimistic collective of consultants who get things done – built on principles of Unsafe Thinking and an ethos of collaboration and co-design, challenging entrenched systems than could be improved. Richard wanted to build a team that are never afraid to be honest and are driven to make positive change.
In the past few years, always possible has built relationships and collaborations with amazing businesses in the arts and media, sport, retail, education, local government, fashion, professional services, digital technology, social enterprise, construction, engineering and more.
A NEW APPROACH TO CONSULTANCY
We worked out that most organisations don’t always want an expert to tell them what they have been doing wrong, or an off-the-shelf package that works for someone else but isn’t quite right for them. Too many people said that working with consultants had been scary, too expensive or had resulted in massive amounts of work to do (unhelpfully ironic when not having enough time is the main challenge to solve).
Well. That just doesn’t sit right.
We only work with people whose ideas we love and people we can genuinely help. We are critical friends who can help unlock the too-safe, brick-wall, round-and-round thinking. We get to know how you tick, but remain objective and ask difficult questions, sometimes the obvious questions that experts no longer think about.
CONNECTING THE BIG IDEAS TO THE PRACTICAL PLANNING
We’ve been called ‘strategic stewards’, from the true definition of steward – ‘a person employed to safeguard the assets of others’. And from a strategic perspective, this is about the bigger picture. What is good in the long-term – and what is good for the community and stakeholders? We’re good at at helping people avoid unnecessary mistakes and to think outside of their silo. What if? How do we? Maybe we could?
always possible facilitators are selected because they get to the nub of things quickly, they have big brains to join up the dots and are bloody good fun. Proper, professional, human support in the tricky times and the big-thinking times.
Try us. We think you’ll like us.