What’s Jonathan Up to Now?

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Hello. I’m Jonathan Marks. I founded a creative guild called Critical Distance just over a decade ago.

So why did we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2013 by totally disrupting everything we do?

Because we know that routine is the enemy of change. And we saw a brilliant opportunity to lead in disruptive innovation. So we switched from “ideas worth spreading” (the TED motto) to empowering ideas worth doing. Read about six ways we help great innovative companies.

Today, we’re best described as as active guild of digital craftsmen and women. At a time when every company is becoming a media company (in some form or other), Critical Distance specializes in building fresh media strategies with motivated teams. That means we understand how to do great things WITH communities of interest, not for them.  A recent collaborator said we’re in the “open narrative business”.

Getting in touch

If you want to contact Jonathan right now, then the best way is by e-mail, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Aboutme or Twitter.

Or try this simple a web form. That is connected to my email address (via a spam filter) so I see any reactions immediately. Had a lot of feedback recently, so rest assured this system works.

Looking for a specialist for your Radio, TV or Online show?

Jonathan is also a regular independent commentator on disruptive technology and media strategy. He regularly contributes to programmes in mainstream media (BBC, Wired Magazine, TNW,) as well as specialist forums on consumer technology, digital strategy and resilient societies.  Let Jonathan know if you’re working to a deadline.

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For news on what I am doing today, including news and reflections share, check out the “Critical Distance Weblog“. For the last nine years I have been releasing more of the professional videos I have made, including interviews with people I believe are doing interesting and creative things with emerging media. Head off to “Jonathan’s Video Vault“.

As the second half of 2014 progresses, I am expanding a series of keynotes and workshops examining the Media Strategies Companies Need to Develop Next. I’m focussing on new ways of digital “storytelling”. Most of my work is confidential commercial work.

Sadly, a lot of public broadcast work that I did in the Netherlands for Radio Nederland Wereldomroep and in East Africa for various development agencies has been cut back to a point where I have decided to move on to other projects. These projects were often unsustainable, relying too much on volunteers and little chance of serious investment. – There is a point at which “paid in smiles” goes wrong.

I have rekindled an interest in useful equipment and software for those in the vodcasting and podcasting business. I have done in depth analysis of what is right and wrong with hyperlocal broadcasting.

First Consultation is Free

We know our own capabilities to deliver to a deadline – so that’s why we often usually charge per project – linking that to an agreed delivery date. We always deliver – check the testimonials on Linked-In. Rates depend on the intensity of the work, repeat business opportunities and the level of specialization that is needed. We always offer the first half hour consultation for free, via Google Hangout, Skype.

 

So what’s holding you back? Let’s collaborate!

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Have always had a love for storytelling. I founded a creative guild called Critical Distance just over a decade ago. So we celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2013 by totally disrupting everything we do. Because everyone knows that routine is the enemy of change. And we saw a brilliant opportunity to lead in disruptive innovation. So we switched from "ideas worth spreading" to empowering ideas worth doing. Today, Critical Distance is best described as as active guild of digital craftsmen and women. At a time when every company is becoming a media company (in some form or other), Critical Distance specializes in building fresh media strategies with motivated teams. That means we understand how to do great things WITH audiences, not for them. A recent collaborator said we’re in the “open narrative business.

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