i-genius – Social Entrepreneur Business and Enterprise Community is a world community of social entrepreneurs with over 15,000 members in over 200 countries. i-genius supports social entrepreneurs on advocacy, raising awareness amongst governments, corporations, universities, NGO and media and on finance, advising them on securing investment and funding. It represents a very important EU and global network capable to be a collective tool of social innovation, to design new visions of sustainable societies and environmentally sound solutions.
It is the international partner for Business in the Community’s new ‘arc’ Olympic Legacy support centre and is recommended by BBC World Challenge. Its new business school, i-genius Academy, has become the British Council’s preferred supplier of social entrepreneur training and has run courses, study and lecture tours in the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey, Mexico, Morocco, China, Thailand, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is highly skilled at media and campaigning with previous projects including working with UK’s Channel 4.
Web-COSI i-genius Project Team:
Tommy Hutchinson, Founder & CEO
From Northern Ireland with a degree in economics at Leeds, Tommy was National Treasurer of National Union of Students and appointed the first Chair of the European Students Information Bureau (ESIB). He then joined NatWest Group where he worked as an aerospace analyst, European markets analyst before becoming the bank’s Political Adviser. He stood for the UK parliament (Labour) in 1997 and following a period as Director of the Industry Forum, chaired a youth charity and created a series of social businesses in events, media and marketing before founding i-genius, a world community of social entrepreneurs. He is Visiting Fellow at Liverpool Hope University, honorary adviser to Hunan University (Changsha), and trustee of Maytree Respite Centre for the suicidal. He co-authored a booklet entitled ‘A risky business.’
Barry Crisp, Director, Media and Communications
Barry Crisp is Director of Media and Communications for i-genius. He is a specialist in online marketing, digital media, social media and consumer engagement communications with combined success in education and business training both in the UK and Japan. Bringing added organisational value and return on investment he has worked on local and international projects from small to exceptionally large campaigns across a range of industries with a particular focus on social and environmental related businesses, education, well-being and workplace health. Prior to working as a consultant and trainer Barry gained the accolade of best film student at Middlesex University under Joose TV’s Creative Director, developed international youth engagement strategies for One Young World, was adviser to Japan Board of Education in re-writing the national English curriculum and a winner of the Oxford Health Alliance’s Fit City competition in redesigning urban landscapes in Sydney, Australia (and adviser on the summit youth panel and resulting network, 3Four50). Barry currently manages and co-ordinates the marketing strategy and digital communications for Web-COSI, Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces and i-genius. He also is the author of Replug YOU – a pocket guidebook for busy people seeking work-life balance and a holistic well-being solution for mind and body.