I commissioned Mark to write what became ’21 Ways of looking at The Sponsors Club’ because I knew he’d get what we needed to mark our 21st birthday and point to the future. As a self-confessed ‘policy-wonk’ and a published poet, I knew he’d understand the intended audience of partners and stakeholders and that it needed to fit our ‘style’. When the work arrived I loved it, as did our staff, designer and printer. Above all the reaction from our audience has been tremendous. Everyone has said the same thing, the work celebrates The Sponsors Club in the style of The Sponsors Club. Brief fulfilled.Adam Lopardo
The Sponsors Club
Thinking Practice worked on the business plan for http://www.beaplaywright.com for Live Theatre. The knowledge and experience of Mark Robinson was incredibly useful forming the plan for this social enterprise. Live Theatre couldn’t recommend Thinking Practice more highly for developing strategic perspectives on projects.
MMM is proud to have Mark as an Associate. Mark epitomises the kind of leadership we need in an age of complexity. His ability to encourage everyone to participate meaningfully in the task at hand makes him a brilliant convenor and facilitator. His capacity to reflect creates the conditions for conversations that matter and for wicked problems to be solved and his creative thinking and analytical skills have played a large part in pushing the edges of cultural policy and practice into the 21st century. He has played an key role in MMM’s story thus far, most recently as one of the architects and the lead evaluator of our revolution network.
Mission Models Money
Mark has delivered two great presentations for the AMA (Arts Marketing Association). Our delegates described his content as ‘creative’, ‘rigorous’, ‘challenging’, and providing much needed ‘articulate common sense’. At our annual conference in 2011, 60% rated the overall impression of his keynote as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. At an AMA Retreat – a leadership residential training programme – 89% rated the overall impression of his session as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
Arts Marketing Association
Thank you so very much for your contribution to the Colloquium. Many months ago when I emailed you to see if you were available and you were, I literally lept with joy as I had a feeling that snagging a keynote from you, would ensure that I had the Colloquium “in the bag” so to speak – and I was right. I am still hearing from people about how much they appreciated your insights and this framework to help think through change.The twitter feed at #boc2011 was looking all lit up for while too.
Mark has delivered a number of projects for Dance City in the past 18 months. He is thorough, interrogative and delivers on his promises, but most of all he is great fun to work with. His knowledge and expertise in the cultural sector are immensely valuable and working with Mark brings a wealth of expertise to any project. I am sure we will be working again with Mark on more projects in the future and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.
Marks lead on the evaluation of the Juice festival was essential in the context of the project. It clearly articulated the achievements of Juice since its initial pilot in 2008 through to 2011. His work and guidance provided a very succinct summary of the impact of Juice, which it is invaluable to have at this critical point in the development of the programme
Mark helped facilitate an important 2 day meeting which brought together some of the most senior people from across different parts of the organisation. There were some big personalities in the room, some coming from very different perspectives, and all very pressured for time. Mark was calm and focused at all times and did a great job at keeping us all in line and on track. I would definitely consider engaging Mark to help guide us through similar planning meetings in the future.
British Council Sub-Sharan Africa
Mark has made a significant contribution to helping develop Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, working with managers to help us shape a new business model, which is fit for purpose, efficient and effective. He has really made a difference in working with groups of managers and helping us develop organisational and funding plans.
Tyne& Wear Museums & Archives
"Mark offered a brilliant combination of big questions, real attention to detail, wise words and gentle encouragement when we needed it. He has helped us articulate who we are and where we're going as a company more clearly than we've ever managed before."Annie Rigby, Unfolding Theatre