About

VISIONINGLab was set up by Dr Jessica Symons, academic anthropologist and digital consultant and supported by Suzie Goodfellow, co-ordinator of games and role play workshops

Firstly, we are very familiar with the tangible realisation of ideas into products and services. Between us, we have over 40 years of commercial experience as a digital consultant (Jessica Symons) and corporate lawyer (Suzie Goodfellow)  We understand very well the workings of large and small companies and the challenges of bringing creative and fresh thinking into different organisational contexts.

Dr Jessica Symons

Jessica currently AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Practices in the University of Manchester. Her research explores how organisational structures affect people’s ability to realise their ideas.

Jessica previously worked as Research Grant Writer at the University of Manchester supporting the development of large research projects and also on a large AHRC Connected Communities project at the University of Salford (see Ideas4Ordsall).  In previous years, Jessica worked as a digital consultant, social entrepreneur and community organiser. She has considerable expertise in project idea development both as a researcher and practitioner.

Jessica is member of the Salford Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Working Group and has presented her research findings as a keynote at the Westminster Policy Forum on Cultural Industries and at conferences including CRESC, Connected Communities, the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) and the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) . She has also published this research exploring the fluidity in production and the freezing of creative work and what people want when they engage artists in a project looking at Manchester International Festival.

Suzie Goodfellow

Suzie is Commercial Manager at a large accountancy firm in Manchester. She is also a home-educator and developed a series of games and engagement activities through her networks.  She is a demonstrator at Coderdojo Manchester which brings the principles of computer coding together with physical games to better visualise the programming process. She is particularly keen on the fantastical inventions such as those by Rowland Emett and runs workshops there creating similar elaborate mechanisms.

We want to work with organisations and individuals who are similarly intrigued by creative development and who are prepared to experiment with different techniques and processes for stimulating and drawing out ideas. 

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