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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

Hello. I’m Jonathan.

In 2003, I founded a creative guild called Critical Distance.

Today, we help others build, produce and keep their brilliant, engaging stories. We work backstage, coaching tomorrow’s rising stars. That means playing different roles, sometimes leading, often researching, always listening.

Every company is becoming a media company.

But audiences only remember the message from great storytellers.

Building a powerful narrative is an essential strategy for any team who wants to change the world.

Why take this path?

  • Because we’ve learned that routine is the enemy of change.
  • The only path to growth is by doing things differently.
  • Just doing things a little better or cheaper always goes wrong. Just look around you.

We saw a brilliant opportunity to lead in disruptive innovation. So we’re building on those dreams. 

We evolved from “ideas worth spreading” (the old TED mantra) to empowering “ideas worth doing”.

We’ve formed an active guild of digital craftsmen and women.

We’re proud to be collaborating with the best, especially Gerd Leonhard’s Futures Agency.

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If you want to contact Jonathan right now, then click any of the buttons under my bio.

Check out the our latest discoveries on Critical Distance Insights. We’ve been searching for challenges solved since 2002.

Or try the simple web form at the bottom of the page.

It is connected to my email address (via a spam filter) so I see your message immediately. We know this system works.

Do feel free to explore the rest of the site.

What are the areas of our expertise?

  • Digital Storytelling - How to build an open narrative to get support and realise the dream. Who can help get the word out? Practical, hands-on advance. 
  • Understanding how Audiences Change -  We’re actively monitoring how audiences everywhere are becoming more engaged. Second screen is becoming the first screen. There are huge opportunities for every company to build a collaborative community. We share examples.
  • Disruptive Digital Marketing. Every company is becoming a media company. But the impact of social media as well as disruptive innovation by small start-ups is often difficult to recognise or change.
  • Understanding where Social Media is going. And how can you integrate Social media into a clever media strategy. We also look at the 10 things never to do.
  • Smart Cities  & The Internet of Things. We’re evaluating how people will build conversations safely when more and more devices connect to the web. 
  • What Smart Media Needs to Do Next. Netflix is disrupting traditional media channels. Production Guilds are upsetting the corporate business models. But paths forward are emerging. 
  • Media in Fragile States. What have we learned from the ways in which media have influenced audiences for good and evil. For policy makers and media practitioners.

So what’s holding you back?

Let’s build brilliant futures together!

Digital Strategy Workshops
In Company Summer BootcampsAugust 10th, 2014
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