i-genius – Social Entrepreneur Business and Enterprise Community is the world’s largest international community of social entrepreneurs. With a network spanning almost every country in the world, i-genius promotes the development of social entrepreneurship, social businesses and the wider social economy. 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. i-genius is also co-founder of the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces which includes its annual Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit.
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 has helped i-genius establish itself as the world’s largest international community of social entrepreneurs. He project manages i-genius’ initiatives and its flagship partner programmes CommonwealthFirst, Web-COSI and Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces. He specialises in business training, marketing communications, digital and social media, consumer engagement and analytics. His excellent communication and project management skills have seen him work alongside and develop partnerships with major companies and institutions like the European Union, Commonwealth, British Council, WHO, World Bank, OECD, Aetna, Cigna, FIESC/SESI and ISTAT.
Before joining i-genius, Barry gained the accolade of best creative media and film student at Middlesex University, developed international youth engagement strategies for One Young World and whilst living in Japan was a consultant to Japan’s National Board of Education in developing the national English curriculum. His background in teaching, film, theatre and writing has seen him travel across the globe from countries like Bosnia to Australia to perform, create online social platforms, write reviews, teach in schools, as well as create marketing strategies for educational and travel businesses.