Alan is described as someone who has a firm grasp of the significant and disruptive trends which are currently reshaping our world. Through his most recent project No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, he interprets these complex themes into their most salient points, taking concepts from various sources and detecting the previously hidden relationship between them. With his unique insight, Alan enables organisations and companies to address the challenges we now face to develop transformational and winning ways for ‘what next’ practically looks like.

He is the founder of the innovation consultancy firm SMLXL and co-author of “Communities Dominate Brands”: in which he coined the phrase ‘engagement marketing’ and explored the significant implications for business and organisations of living in a wired-up, networked, socially orientated world.

He sits on the “board of inspiration” at the Dutch Think Tank Freedom Lab. He acts as “Head of Vision” for the Grow Venture Community. Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.