Tom is the director of designContext, and a systemic designer, with 15 years of experience working in industry and as a consultant, as a industrial designer and concept-design manager in innovation and the circular economy.

Since 2008, his work evolved from technology and product development into more technical circular projects, such-as Advanced Services (product-service-systems), to Remanufacturing, to IoT (internet-of-things).

And from 2014, the scope has been enlarged, through longer-term studies in Human Development (Human History), Economics (Micro-economics, Institutional Economics), Ecology (Fundamental: Biology, Microbiology, Biogeology, Evolution), Regenerative Agriculture (Soil-Food-Web, Keyline-Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, Agroecology, Mushroom Farming, Biochar and Biogas), and Systems Thinking.

Tom has the ability to look at and map, the internal perspective of the company or entrepreneur, and their product(s) or service(s), with their external context of geography, culture, and institutions and rules.

From this systemic approach, he is able to draw on his broad technical skills, tools/methods, knowledge, and community-of-practice, to support students, consultants, entrepreneurs and managers (industrial or agricultural). Helping them develop innovative and regenerative solutions, inspired by nature, right across the value chain, from material and energy sourcing, organisational design, and production, to the final products or services, and their delivery and relationship with customers.

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Snow, John (1854, 2nd Ed) 'On the Mode of Communication of Cholera,' Published by C.F. Cheffins, Lith, Southhampton Buildings, London, England
Originally sourced from (Accessed on 04/06/2014):
http://matrix.msu.edu/~johnsnow/images/online_companion/chapter_images/fig12-5.jpg

John Snow traced the source of the cholera outbreak in London Soho, in 1854.

Through the process of interviewing people living in the effected area, he was able to show, by marking the outbreaks as dots on a map, that the cholera cases clustered around a particular area - a public water pump. With the use of statistics, he was then able to prove a link between the water source quality and the cholera cases. It is regarded as the founding event of the science of epidemiology.

And like Tom's early nineteenth century namesake, he also often creates maps - not of the physical territory only - but also, maps that illustrate new thinking: from mapping the journey of food for new business projects, to how energy travels through our universe for instance. These maps, evolve over time through better understanding, and have been found to be a key component in helping the collective awareness, during the development of new products and services.