doing what makes you passionate
I'll start with my sister site, www.genderquake.com,
the website about my
company, Genderquake Limited, and our activities. This is important because it brings in the bread and butter to keep my creativity alive and is a cause related consultancy focussing on issues that I am passionate about more...

 

awards and achievements

During my career, I have received a number of commendations and awards. To find out more, read on. The clues for my failures are to be found elsewhere! more...

 

book me for a speaking engagement

If you want to book me for a speaking engagement or for facilitating ideas generation, creativity and innovation workshops please contact me (link to contact me form, incl tel form) quoting your proposed fee. more...

 

founder of creative writing site

Helen is one of the founders of a creative writing site, www.hagsharlotsheroines
.com which celebrates and brings the lives of pioneering women through its focus on 'herstory'.
more...

 

comment and feature journalist

1994-present day writing for newspapers and magazines as varied as Personnel Today, New Statesman, online sites like www.ourpartnership.
org .uk as well as newspapers like The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Express, Evening Standard, and international magazines like The Utne Reader and Working Woman writing columns, features and opinion pieces. more...

 

consultancy portfolio

Since 1994, I have acted as a consultant in a number of areas to a diverse client range. To find out about my consultancy portfolio more...

 

the mind body connection

It's taken me a long time to learn this one, but another crucial aspect of work-life balance, and living creatively is ensuring that the mind-body connection is nurtured more...

welcome

Welcome to my personal website.

The idea for this site has its roots as far back as late summer 1998 when my housemate suggested that I should register my domain name and promote my personal brand. I was living in California at the time.

I returned from America in Spring 1999, and by then the energy of the West Coast, and the dot com revolution unfolding there, had clearly seeped into my consciousness because I began to think about creating my own website more. I was reframing my relationship to the think tank I had helped found and build at the time, and needed to find a way of separating out my personal brand from the organisational brand. In fact I never really did - it seemed such a Gordian knot to unravel, and time, and the need to earn an income not to mention fuzzy thinking, intervened, and delayed me again.

It was later that year - Autumn 1999 - that the internet bug began to infect me like a virus, and I generated lots of ideas about how different communities and networks might use the internet to achieve their goals. I didn't know who or what I was writing them for - but the world of politics suddenly seemed confined in ways that it had not felt before New Labour came to power, and I discerned that the 'new economy' was fresh terrain for innovation, and creativity. Before too long, I became distracted in my next 'big idea' - elancentric (now sadly deceased) which secured seed investment of almost half a million pounds. I set up elancentric.com Limited in April 2000 and moved from the world of traditional media and think tanks into uncharted territory - and went through another career reinvention and became a dot com entrepreneur.

My personal brand suddenly became less important than building my new organisational brand. So I got busy, busy, busy.

I emerged from the dot com doldrums in April 2001, unable to secure venture capital investment in a market climate that was now hostile to dot com ventures. And although my business had been selected as one of the top ten internet start ups of 2001 in the national e-commerce awards, it had not actually made a penny, and was limping fatally wounded into the 21st century. To buy the business and myself some time to ride out the difficult market, I fell back on my own rather anarchic pattern of self-employment, and ideas entrepreneurship, which meant pulling work in for my ideas from wherever I could find it.

In that year, Genderquake Limited was born and I drew on my personal practical experience of the new economy, as well as my knowledge of gender issues and social and economic trends to write 'Dot Bombshell - women, e-quality and the new economy' for The Industrial Society's Futures Division, now The Work Foundation. Dot Bombshell set out my vision for what needed to happen if the potential of women in the new economy was to be fully realised by policy makers, and business.

In retrospect 2001 ushered in a period of innovation and creativity, not just with the creation of Genderquake, and the writing of the Dot Bombshell report, but also my involvement with the Our Partnership project.

Suddenly I was able to use all the learning and experience painfully gained at my own financial risk to do strategy consultancy which combined my traditional areas of expertise (like brand building, name generation, policy and communications work) with new skills like internet strategy, website design and deployment, business incubation, and e-learning. I also had the invaluable experience of working on a project about partnership working which was itself a partnership of organisations and individuals from different cultures, and with different experiences. So it was fertile ground for seeing how well ideas transplant between different sectors, and how challenging but ultimately fruitful partnership working can be.

That wave of learning - testing the ideas and experience gained in one sector and applying it in another - has continued to this day, and has led me into some interesting experiences with charities like 4Children, as well as seeing the launch of another digital venture, www.hagsharlotsheroines.com founded with my sister, Laura Wilkinson, also a Director of Genderquake Limited.

Over this period, I've always kept the idea of launching www.helenwilkinsom.com alive, partly because I wanted to have a place where I could direct people when they asked me that awful 'What do you do?' question which I often find so difficult to answer. But also because it gives me the opportunity to put down all the learning and things I've been up to since I returned from the States in 1999, because about 90% of the work I've done since then is behind the scenes work, and not particularly public or high profile in ways that my work was in the past.

More positively, neither of my two other websites - neither www.genderquake.com nor www.hagsharlotsheroines.com can quite do justice to who I am and what I do.

So here it is finally - www.helenwilkinson.com is here - describing where I've come from, what I've done, am still doing, and giving a hint of where I might be going.
I use the word hint deliberately. Because right now even I am not sure of what the future holds. I am on my third sabbatical - and unlike the other two - I have managed to wrest control of my life and enjoy some of the simpler things - like long walks, writing my journal, meditating, keeping fit and soon starting to train for the New York marathon in November this year. I'm also using the time out to nurture a personal pet project which I have no idea whether I can do, still less succeed at. But I just know that I need to do it, regardless of the outcome. Let's just say that if I do succeed, I hope the writing section of this site will become quite transformed!

In the meantime, enjoy your visit to www.helenwilkinson.com. Rest assured I will keep you posted of any ideas that come my way that I think deserve a wider audience, and in the meantime, please also visit my sister sites, www.genderquake.com where you can find out about how we can work with you, and www.hagsharlotsheroines.com, where you can join a network of change agents interested in the power of words, and herstory to draw out the lessons for our present, and our future.

Oh and if you like this site, and the others, please also think about using our Creative Services which my sister, Laura is responsible for. She can help you develop your own online presence, and communicate your vision.

And finally many thanks are due to her for being such a supportive midwife during the birth of www.helenwilkinson.com.

In the meantime, enjoy!

 

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