Who Are We
The Catalyst Network is an experimental membership community of curious, high-impact individuals from different industries and sectors who come together regularly to explore complex business and societal issues. Through our new business Catalyst FX, we now get the opportunity to work together on assignments to help organisations reimagine and reshape their future.
The Catalyst Network supports individuals who are pioneering new and original approaches to change. We enable and champion breakthrough thinking and practice within organisations, different industries and communities.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
Franz Kafka, writer
What's a Catalyst?
Catalysts are different in how we see the world and generate value. As individuals, Catalysts create immense value. Together, we’re a potent force for good.
The human brain.. made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future’.
David Suzuki, environmentalist
How we work
Through our Catalyst FX business, Catalysts get the opportunity to work together on complex commercial or government issues as advisors, designers and facilitators. Outside the commercial sphere we contribute to, design and lead initiatives to improve wellbeing and ensure our collective prosperity. Examples include an ongoing project to help the Murray-Darling river basin thrive, a pilot on South Australia’s new economic future, homelessness, a universal basic income for Australia, community social resilience, and 21st century learning models.
Research and consulting
Catalysts have a unique capacity to create and lead transformative initiatives. Through Catalyst FX, we work with organisations to harness this capability internally and on cross-industry and multi-sector initiatives that produce positive social and business outcomes.
Coaching and facilitation
Our Catalyst FX coaching programs support individuals with some understanding of complex systems, deep intellectual curiosity, courage and the potential to achieve positive impact in their domain. We help them envision, mobilise and lead significant change, navigate complex systems, influence at senior levels and create and leverage diverse coalitions. Catalyst FX facilitators draw on a range of psychology, innovation and systems thinking methods and approaches.
The wise person doesn’t give the right answers, but poses the right questions.
Claude Levi-Strauss, anthropologist
For information about The Catalyst Network or Catalyst FX offerings, contact Josie Gibson on +61 (0)400 163311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Put smart, passionate people in a room together, charge them with identifying and solving problems, and encourage them to be candid with one another… In many ways it is no different to any other group of creative people – within it you will find humility and ego, openness and generosity. It varies in size and purpose, depending on what it has been called upon to examine. But always, its essential element is candor.’
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation, ‘Creativity, Inc.’