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Mark Brown is a thought leader on ‘open thinking’, creativity and innovation. He is MD of the Dolphin Index Organization.

Mark is the creator of the Dolphin Index, a research questionnaire that assesses whether an organization’s climate and culture are conducive to creativity and innovation. He and his team are currently growing an international database that will compare countries and industry sectors www.dolphinindex.org/

He is a practical academic, researcher, consultant, author of several books including The Dinosaur Strain (for a free electronic copy go to www.dolphinindex.org) and creator of the multiple award winning
Ideas into Action video series www.videoarts.com/Search/Programmes/? key=mark%20brown

In 1996 Mark he was appointed PWC Visiting Professor of Innovation at Henley Management College, UK.

He has a law degree from Bristol University, is qualified as a Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple, London), studied psychology and tutored masters students in educational psychology at London University and has been an External Examiner for the MBA at the UK’s Open University. He was appointed as the PWC Visiting Professor of Innovation at Henley Management College (1996-2001) and remained as Visiting Professor until 2006.

He has written numerous articles for journals and magazines including Management Today, Psychology Today (UK), the Literary Review and the Creativity and Innovation Yearbook. He has been interviewed and broadcast on numerous national and international BBC radio programmes, with extensive local radio coverage along with UK TV appearances.

Other books include:

Memory Matters
Left Handed:Right Handed

Mark has advised, consulted, and presented to numerous business and academic audiences around the world about how to create more creative and innovative individuals, teams and organizations including Apple, Barclays, IBM, GSK, Nestlé, Johnson and Johnson, Marks and Spencer, the Economist Conferences, Hong Kong Management Association, Management Centre Europe, the Middle East Management Centre and Reed Elsevier.

His passion revolves around helping people be more open and creative. His long- term ambition is to become a dolphin, not a dinosaur.


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Having looked at several practitioners of the Ekvall criteria, I have been delighted to work with Mark and the Dolphin Organization to evaluate BBI’s culture for change and creativity. Mark has combined excellent, pragmatic business realism, with the passion to drive 21st century business growth, and he communicates this in a way that has engaged every level of the business and been truly inspirational. If you are looking to the future for you and your business, you need to do this!

Peter Corish, Head of Business Development, BBI Group

The great thing about the Dolphin Index is the opportunity to benchmark your climate against the world outside - and get feedback that says 'It doesn't have to be like that!'

David Mayle, Head of the Open University Business School's Centre for Innovation, Knowledge & Enterprise

The Dolphin Index is a really useful tool for clearly identifying our strengths and areas for improvement.

Jo North, Commercial Director, Northern Rail

The Dolphin Index has been an important tool in Nestle Rowntree’s strategy to develop a broad innovation culture across the business and to remove the mystique that so often surrounds creativity and innovation.

Creativity Development Manager, Nestle Rowntree

The Dolphin Index is the ideal tool for assessing your climate and so for understanding the levers to pull so as to make the enterprise more dynamic, innovative and successful.

Nick Gurney, Former CEO Bristol City Council