Work history
Former posts
Organizations that have commissioned Jack’s services
Talks and workshops: examples
Conference sessions: examples
Conference design and production: examples
Teaching: examples
Jack Martin Leith leading a workshop at European Sharing on Systems Thinking
Jack Martin Leith leading a workshop at European Sharing on Systems Thinking, Prague, Czech Republic, 18–20 June 2015.
Download Creating Greatness in the Realm Beyond Systems Thinking (pdf — 22pp), an article forming part of an e-book for participants in this event.


Jack Martin Leith provides whole system innovation and change services to leaders of progressive businesses and nonprofit organizations.

His services have been commissioned by a wide range of corporates and nonprofits, including ABN Amro Bank, Dogs Trust, European Commission, GlaxoSmithKline, McCain Foods, NHS, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Royal Dutch Shell.

A lifelong innovator, Jack is the originator of Generative Enterprise, an organizational philosophy and accompanying set of theories and practices that enable a business or nonprofit organization to bring its world-enriching purpose to life, moment by moment, and generate the greatest amount of value for the greatest number of beneficiaries.

Read more about Generative Enterprise

He is also the architect of Rich Co-creation, the principal means by which a generative enterprise gets things done, accomplishes its mission and translates its purpose into action.

Read more about Rich Co-creation

“Jack is an innovation consultant who walks the talk. He is constantly innovating his own business activity, its design and aims.

He is ‘the person’ to talk to for large group interventions, for whole system change and innovation. I attended a four-day Open Space conference that Jack facilitated. It set me on a new path in life.

Jack is highly committed and skilled, challenging and truly creative. He thinks deeply about innovation and transformation. He has developed a range of propositions about innovation that can lead to new insights on the topic. He understands creativity and innovation and has developed practical ways to develop innovativeness in organizations.

Jack’s views tap into the wild and the wonderful as well as the rational. He likes to shake things up, and to help that shaking to happen quickly. He doesn’t mess about!

You won’t always find it easy working with Jack because he is one of that rare breed — an authentic agent of change and innovation who is prepared for things to get harder before they get easier.”

Paul Levy, a senior fellow at Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK
Paul Levy

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Work history

Whole system innovation and change practitioner

2002 – present


Co-founder and CEO

2006 – 2007

Hoochie-Coochie was a startup that developed and launched a wish fulfilment game for adventurous couples. The talisman pictured below was designed by Steve Ormerod, Jack’s partner in the enterprise.

The Hoochie-Coochie talisman in gold, silver and bronze
The Hoochie-Coochie talisman in gold, silver and bronze

The Innovation Agency

Founder and CEO

1999 – 2001

The Innovation Agency was a whole system innovation and change consultancy based in Brighton, UK.

The Centre for Large Group Interventions

Founder and CEO

1995 – 1998

CLGI was an Amsterdam-based company that helped businesses and nonprofit organizations deploy Open Space Technology, Future Search, Real Time Strategic Change, SimuReal and other ‘whole system in the room’ methods to address strategic and operational challenges.



1990 – 1994

Innovatics was an innovation, organizational change and leadership development consultancy. Jack’s business partner was Mo Cohen, who later founded InterBe, a transformational coaching practice.

Leith & Price

Founder and Director of Innovation & Development

1983 – 1989

Leith & Price was a groundbreaking business development consultancy serving the advertising, marketing and media sectors. The Leith & Price service was founded on a unique database that Jack created, consisting of the top 3,000 UK advertisers, their brands, corresponding advertising agencies, and marketing decision makers. Most of the big London advertising agencies subscribed to the Leith & Price service, as did an assortment of prominent design consultancies and media owners.

Earlier employers

Fashion house — concessions merchandiser

Beavis, Shrimpling & Softly
Advertising agency account manager

Campbell Connelly
Music publisher’s assistant

Management trainee, department manager, merchandising executive working in four stores

IPC Consumer Industries Press
Media sales executive, SuperMarketing

IPC Magazines (titles acquired by Future plc; previously owned by Time Inc UK and TI Media)
Group sales executive working across 30 titles

Lonsdales International
Advertising agency account manager

Marketing Week (owned by Xeim, part of Centaur Media)
Media sales executive

Former posts
Council member, Association for Management Education & Development.
Founder, Moon Shots—a global community of management renegades brought together by Gary Hamel’s Harvard Business Review article, Moon Shots for Management.
Head of interaction, Intranet Benchmarking Forum (now Digital Workplace Group).
Co-founder, Open Space UK.
Committee member, Bristol Festival Community Group.
organizations that have commissioned Jack’s services
ABN Amro Bank Age Concern (now Age UK)

Arts Factory

Association for Management Education & Development

Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (now Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Bayer CropScience

Birmingham City University

Boosey & Hawkes

Bristol City Council

Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Development Trusts Association

Do It All

Dogs Trust

Drop the Story

EDS (originally Electronic Data Systems; later acquired by Hewlett-Packard)

EarthSpirit Festival

Energis (subsequently Cable & Wireless, now Vodafone)

Environment Agency

European Commission

European Nuclear Society

Findhorn Foundation


Guinness Ireland Group (now Diageo Ireland)

Hampshire County Council


ICI Melinex (now Teijin DuPont Films)

ICI Paints (now AkzoNobel)


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — MIT Entrepreneurship Center

McCain Foods


National Association of Local Government Arts Officers

National Association of Street Artists

Natural History Museum

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

New Solutions (acquired by Omnicom)

Numico (now Danone)

Petroleum Development Oman

Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis)


Royal Dutch Shell
Group Strategy
Shell GameChanger
Shell International Exploration & Production
Shell Risk and Insurance

Social Capital Markets

UK Government: Cabinet Office, Department of Health, Home Office, and various local authorities

University of Brighton: Community-University Partnership Programme

University of Ljubljana

The Value Engineers


WH Smith

Welsh Development Agency (now Welsh Government)

Young Engineers

Some past talks and workshops

Enriching the World: Is it good business practice?

That’s the title of the five-minute talk Jack gave at Ignite Bristol (motto: Enlighten us, but make it quick) on 31 October 2010. The 20 slides accompanying the talk auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Organizing Without Managers: Exploring new forms of organization

A one-day workshop held at Ashridge, UK, on 1 July 2016 that Jack designed and subsequently led with Andrew Campbell, a director at Ashridge Strategic Management Centre.

Organizing Work, Creating Value: the story so far — a set of 60 slides illustrating the 150-year history of management theory and practice that Jack presented as part of the workshop.

Download slides: pdf document | PowerPoint (editable)

Some past conference sessions

European Sharing on Systems Thinking

Two-day conference
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
June 2015
Facilitator of Knowledge Café: Designing innovation and change work to create maximum ecosystem value—the why and the how | Download slides
Facilitator of the Open Space part of the conference
Download Creating Greatness in the Realm Beyond Systems Thinking (pdf — 22pp), an article forming part of an e-book for participants in this event.

UX Bristol 2012

User experience conference
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
July 2012
Workshop designer and facilitator: Co-create a short talk in a day.
Participants in this workshop started with a completely blank slate. Working throughout the refreshment breaks and the lunch period, they co-created a conference session, What are you taking away from today? which they ran towards the end of the day.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Annual conference
Location: Madrid, Spain
March 2008
Open Space in 60 minutes, forming part of an international gathering of entrepreneurs

“I was a participant in the Open Breakout Session of the MIT Global Startup Workshop 2008. Our conversation was How to build a good team and the key answers were motivation and leadership, based on a true vision. The Open Breakout Session was a good experience not only to find answers, also to interact with people and getting to know them better. A great networking activity. Jack Martin Leith did a great job leading the session and summarizing the outcome of each conversation. I hope I can repeat the experience with a little more time.”

Alex Casteleiro

SOCAP Europe

May–June 2011
Organiser: Social Capital Markets
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Facilitator of the Open Space part of the conference

Social Enterprise Bristol

Organiser: Bristol City Council
Conference chair and facilitator

Public Sector Innovation Conference

November 2011
Location: Singapore
Organiser: IQPC
Presentation: Harnessing the genius and creative power of the entire organization
Chair, second day of conference

Conference on Large Group Intervention Methods

Organiser: Schouten & Nelissen
Location: The Netherlands
Workshop facilitator

Conference design and production: some examples

International Symposium on organization Transformation

OT12: Wimborne, United Kingdom
OT13: Crete, Greece
OT14: Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

Creating the World We Want

London, United Kingdom

IBF Live

Hosted by Intranet Benchmarking Forum (now Digital Workplace Group)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Programme director

Brighton Management Development Forum

Three and a half day Open Space conference
Hosted by University of Brighton
Location: Chelwood Gate, United Kingdom
Co-convenor (with Tom Bourner, Suzannne O’Hara and David Megginson)
Open Space facilitator

“Brighton Management Development Forum, a three and a half day Open Space conference on the future of management development and organization development, was a wonderful event and by far the best conference I have ever attended.”

Jeff Gold, former editor of Career Development International, now Professor, York St John University Business School
Read Paul Levy’s account of the conference
Teaching: some examples

London Business School

Seminar for members of the school’s innovation network

London School of Economics and Political Science

Branding seminar for marketing undergraduates

University of Brighton

Visiting lecturer, Creative Problem Solving module, MA Change Management

“From 1995 to 2001, Jack was a member of the team that taught the Creative Problem Solving module of the MA Change Management, which was part of our Advanced Management Development Programme at the University of Brighton. His workshops were always well received by the participants (most of them managers in the private and public sectors), who appreciated Jack’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the field of innovation and creativity, and his provocative yet supportive style of facilitation. We brought Jack into the team because of his special expertise in the field and it would be true to say that the rest of the staff team learned a great deal from Jack about creative problem solving and how to develop it in managers.”

Tom Bourner

Tom Bourner, Emeritus Professor of Personal and Professional Development, University of Brighton, UK

Innovation Masterclass

A series of two-day learning events attended by senior innovation and strategy executives from WL Gore & Associates, WH Smith, Powergen (now E.ON), and various parts of Shell including Group Strategy and Shell GameChanger

View a list of Jack’s publications

View a list of Jack’s publications (free download)

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