Freedthinkers works with enterprises and places to discover what is, co-create what can be, and chart a clear path forwards in this rapidly changing world.
We explore perceptions, beliefs, and cold, hard facts. We engage deeply, interrogating the numbers, to discover why. To distil useful & directional insights. To open new possibilities and initiate change.
How does a rural mother, living on grants, approach wellness and nutrition for her family? What do entrepreneurs want from their mobile operators? How do people juggle debt? In-depth engagements bring you closer to your market.
Stories define an enterprise and place, they illustrate who you are. What stories are being told now by stakeholders? What stories do you cherish, what would you like to change? And how?
Everyday busyness can be overwhelming. It’s hard to find time to think about things like: ‘Why are we doing what we do?’
‘How might we grow, in new ways?' 'What will we do differently?'
To find meaning in work, makes for more care, more co-creation, more innovation. A shared purpose, cascading through strategy and culture makes discussions more fruitful, decisions more meaningful, implementation more certain, the brand more powerful.
Claiming authenticity in an increasingly suspicious world is not enough; a brand needs to become a force for good.
The impact needs to be net positive, for people, planet and the enterprise.
We help to define and cascade purpose for businesses and non-profits, blue chips and new chips. We see its transformational power.
How might an inner city reverse capital flight? How do you repurpose mining and fishing towns, as resources dwindle? How can a precinct become future fit? What makes public space meaningful, malls sustainable, office space truly productive, as more and more of us work at least part-time from home?
We facilitate and test best possible futures for the built and unbuilt environments.
CO-CREATING THE DESIRABLE
Change needs to be systemic, to excite community and capital alike. We hold broad and deep dialogues with stakeholders. We surface concerns and encourage dreams. From the wisdom of many, we synthesise goals, strategies and tactics. These are now to be tested...and enriched.
FILTERING THE FEASIBLE, CHOOSING CATALYTS
What of the desirable is practical? What can be sustainable? Pre-feasibility filters help shape the dreams
These studies highlight the catalytic projects that enable others. Catalytic people will be identified too – people with the passion and grit to develop momentum. They need a vessel for shared beliefs, action and communication.
From a new hub of business, to the world’s oldest desert, we re-connect people with a unique sense of place
We are entrepreneurs, working together on assignments that can make a real difference. We seek to liberate the potential in a system. To find clarity in complexity. This is how we work:
We care deeply about the work we do, the people we work with, the ongoing vitality of our society and planet.
We believe in the unmatched power of many minds working together to achieve agility and deliver a generosity of ideas.
Our ultimate value is to offer our clients clarity of thought & action – liberating potential.
We work with select teams across Southern Africa for clients in Africa, Europe and USA. Some assignments may need one or two of us; many need more. All assignments include members of this core team.
OUR CLIENT MIX
Most of you reward us with repeat business. Some of you have recently come to us. Thank you all.
Every piece of work we do is an opportunity to learn, to do things better and differently. It’s also an opportunity to share our learnings.
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