A spectral figure in the life of the firm, Robin intrudes on and recedes from NetGain when need for his intelligence and perspective can no longer be ignored. His contributions are enriching because of the fascinating but inexplicable work he does away from NetGain, including but not limited to executive coaching, creative strategy, corporate branding, cultural innovation in theory and practice, arts education, and tending to his madly overachieving children.
All of his engagements re-examine the meaningful purpose and creative strategy of the organization. In the cultural arena as in the private sector, these exercises require research insights, alternative thinking and unique facilitation skills.
As a sessional teacher of Think Tank at the Ontario College of Art and Design University students across all disciplines have an opportunity to investigate design thinking, to reflect on its relevance, and to face their self-determined path. Robin’s award-winning work for the development of the Culture and Heritage Institute Symposia was part of a larger strategy to investigate current and compelling issues in culture and related industries. Globally-sourced guests provided compelling examples of leading edge thinking and profound insights into practice. ‘Neighbourhood Diaries. Stories from where I live.’ is an exploratory project for children, that engages artists, writers, Harbourfront and community centers across Toronto in an 8-week examination of creativity. From the development of the workshop prototype through to the gallery exhibit at Harbourfront, the experiences and the work produced successfully focused on the compelling child’s creative voice.
The common elements in these examples are innovation and learning. There are no templates, only new thinking and new results.