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.
This breadth is not a mistake; it’s integral to how we can connect your organisation to new adventures and new thinking.
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.
Our clients and collaborators range from tech entrepreneurs, charities, retailers, schools and social enterprises to financial services, household brands, national arts organisations, local authorities and festivals.
You need us to be brilliant, reliable and credible in everything we do. We take that very seriously.
Our team work at every level of business, culture and education – from grassroots entrepreneurs and creative businesses to thinktanks and governments so that we can connect policy with practice and lived-experience with strategy.
We guarantee that our three hour workshops will help you cut through the noise and clarify your planning, so that your next steps make sense.
You need our work to make sense and our support to be consistent. We’re a reflective bunch, always refining the offer.
Our mission is to be the glue between business, culture, community and education leaders – bringing evidence, ideas and stories to the surface that drive brilliant decision-making at all levels – based on information and common sense, not arbitrary walls and silos.
Our evaluation processes can help your tell your story better, showing the world the people and the impact behind your brand.
You need to get things done, quickly, purposefully, properly. Amen to that. That’s how we roll.
Whether it is in strategy, operations, funding, evaluation, planning or communications, we can unlock your safe thinking – turning it into something bold and brilliant that will work now and in the future.
Our retained services give you consistent and bespoke support when you need it.
You need us to care about your business as if it was our own. We absolutely do.
Too many people become foggy in their thinking because the day-to-day demands of changing the world can be overwhelming. We know how easy it is to become stuck in a rut of ideas, going round-and-round a problem without getting to the heart of what needs to change.
We’ll unstick you. Carefully.
Like the sound of a company of practical thinkers and do-ers, ambitious for your ideas, with the tools and skills to give you a bit more clarity? Let’s talk.
Try us. We think you’ll like us.