Citizen Renaissance was conceived by Jules Peck and Robert Phillips in the spring of 2008 – on the eve of the global economic crisis and before The Big Society had really seen the light of day. Originally published as a wiki-book, Citizen Renaissance explores the collision of the three seismic shifts of our time: the perfect storm surrounding Climate Change; the Wellbeing Imperative; and the axiomatic rise of Digital Democracy. At its heart lies a call for more citizen-centric thinking and behaviour and an end to the global imbalance of Wants & Needs. Citizen Renaissance continues today as a forum for thought; a platform for the exchange of ideas; and as a collaborative project that seeks to develop a Manifesto for Change.
About the authors
Jules Peck is a Founding Partner at strategy and innovation consultancy Flourishing Enterprise which works to engage the commercial world with wellbeing-economics and to help them innovate through the lens of wellbeing. He is also Chairman of the Edelman’s Sustainability and Citizenship Group where his Citizen Renaissance co-author Robert is Chairman of EMEA.
For two years Jules was Director of David Cameron’s Quality of Life Commission that led to the Prime Minister calling on the Office for National Statistics to measure and develop policy based on wellbeing.
Jules is a Trustee of nef (the New Economics Foundation), an adviser to The Green Thing and a Fellow of the think tank ResPublica. Jules is an advisor to Transition Towns Network and a member of the Transition Towns TT&C strategy group, an advisor to Happy City and the social enterprise Bath & West Community Energy.
Jules’ special interest is the new economics of wellbeing and the strategic innovation opportunities wellbeing can unlock for business. He has worked in sustainability and wellbeing for 24 years, one third in and around politics at the EC, in London and in Washington, one third in marketing, sales and corporate sustainability and one third in the social enterprise space and with NGOs like WWF where he was Global Policy Adviser for five years. Jules has worked with many of the world’s largest companies including; Shell, Carillion, Anglo American, Kingfisher, SSE, Rio Tinto, EON, BP, Unilever, Ford, Starbucks, Old Mutual and HSBC.
Jules is a regular blogger for Citizen Renaissance, Left Foot Forward, Compass, Green Alliance, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review and others, and a regular tweeter and public speaker.
Trust, Robert argues, is both complex and fragile – the result of an atomised and activist society, where power and influence are asymmetrical. Trust is possible – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a silver bullet to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, companies and/or brands are to be trusted.
Robert’s second book on citizenship and business, World Gone Wrong (publication Spring 2014), explores these themes of trust. It makes the case for The Citizen State and for new models of co-produced leadership. The arguments are underpinned by on-going research at Cass Business School, where Robert is a Visiting Professor.
Robert is former President and CEO, EMEA of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm and the co-founder of Jackie Cooper Public Relations. Throughout his career, he has counselled a number of global corporations at the highest level, including Diageo, Unilever, Shell, Capital and Counties, O2, Playtex, Sony and Aviva.
Robert Phillips is co-founder and Head of Chambers at Jericho Chambers.
Arabella is Associate Director at Edelman UK, and helped edit and refine Citizen Renaissance.
Antoine is Head of Digital in Buenos Aires, and helped build and direct the website in which Citizen Renaissance is housed.