Strategic Foresight

Thinking ahead to have greater impact today

Organisational Turnaround

Discovering first what’s working to tackle difficult issues

Social Policy into Action

Growing social impact through innovation in practice

Contact Esmee Wilcox

Based in Norfolk, also for Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and London.

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    What’s disrupting our short-t...

    How do we shift from short-term to long-term behaviour? What’s disrupting it now and will it last? What might it take to create a more collaborative future? Continue Reading →
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    Brave New Work – book review...

    I was introduced to this book as a game-changer, and that was spot-on.  This book will be on MBA set text lists and will radically alter our practice in organisations.  In a week where the Economist highlighted the pervading scepticism […]

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    Should we be more idle?...

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    What’s your Futures Preferenc...

    Insights from a guest lecture at Goldsmiths’ MA Social Entrepreneurship
    This week I had the delight of talking to a room full of open-minded social entrepreneurship students.   A reminder of how important Further Education is in shaping the agency that we […]

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    The World in 2050: Social Impact Bl...

    I’m one of 8 Futurists around the world writing on the ‘Transformation of Capitalism’.  We are all on a learning programme with the Association of Professional Futurists as Emerging Fellows.  My series is on social impact under the broad title […]

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  • Lessons from an unpredictable futur...

    Sustaining social justice is really difficult. It’s not enough for social entrepreneurs to be opportunistic, you need to be systematic. In this article for ‘Pioneers Post’ I outline some practical ways to start. Continue Reading →
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    What I learned on F*** Up Night...

    Be humble but not paralysed by your mistakes. Take the time to listen deeply and learn from people. Or you’ll be making others’ mistakes as well as your own, and we won’t be able to tackle the big issues. Continue Reading →

What they say about me.

Kinds words by people already supported to make change.

Working with Esmee has always been an enjoyable and highly rewarding experience even when confronted with the most challenging situations. She has an uncanny ability of bringing people together, getting the best from them, producing clarity, solutions and measurable results.

Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation

Esmee always impressed me with her ability to tackle some really entrenched problems in health and social care – working with so many people, getting them each into a place where they could think and contribute and take positive action. This takes vision, stamina and engagement skills that Esmee has in abundance.

Julie Bateman, Retired Former Assistant Director, Adult Social Care

Esmee has a way of getting a range of people to work together and taking the tension out of political situations. She’s a strategic thinker and uses that clarity to focus on complex problems. I’ve always been impressed by her work, particularly how she understands the key issues that really drive organisations.

Richard Lister OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Suffolk