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We are a social innovation agency that is shaping an awesome future – bold people, organisations, and companies get us on board to create products, services, and experiences that matter to humanity.

 

 

Why Super Being?

“WHAT IF WE DESIGNED A WORLD THAT TRULY ENABLED THE BEST OF HUMAN POTENTIAL, THAT BROUGHT JOY TO PEOPLE, THAT PROPELLED US ALL TO THE GREATEST HEIGHTS?”

At Super Being we’re on a mission to do exactly that. We can’t do it alone though … we want to work with bold people, governments, companies, and organisations to create meaningful innovation that puts people at the forefront of a new system. It’s really simple – every human has immense potential, any innovation that helps people do something great is going to win.

This is so needed. How much of the world is designed through short-termist compromises that fail to put people first? It can’t go on like this. If the market is not creating innovation that propels humanity forward, then sooner or later there will be a backlash. It’s already happening with democracies being threatened, and entire sectors like energy, media, finance, pharmaceuticals and technology all being challenged. It needn’t be this way though. You can do good and do well at the same time. Our way of working and our creative process thinks deeply, putting people first in order to create innovation that matters to them and ultimately leads to an awesome system. All we have to do is aim for the big complex outcomes and pursue them fanatically.

So, if you’re motivated to do good and do well, and have a challenge you want us to work on, we’re here for you. Just imagine what you can create when you have designers, product people, technologists, creatives and strategists all working together towards a big purpose.

  1. Everything we do has to be to further our mission of making people’s lives brilliant.
  2. Maintain perspective – nothing is as important as something that is important.
  3. Laugh – be laughing, be laughed at, just have a laugh. It helps with the point above.
  4. Be childlike smart – imaginative, adventurous, curious… any other way is dull.
  5. Listen – always be listening, so that we’re always learning and more likely to be able to help.
  6. Never stand for mediocrity – don’t believe in averages, they’re useless benchmarks. Like asking a loving mother if your work is great, you’re never going to get an honest answer.
  7. Collaborate – learn to work with others to make things happen.
  8. If you look back at the end of the day and can’t honestly see your contribution, then you better make tomorrow nothing like today.
  9. Be fearless – stand for something. We should never be worried about being judged or failing.
  10. Every project should take into account the unintended consequences and these should be minimised.

Our Services

  • Why work with us?
    Our clients come to us because unlike normal agencies, we handle everything like it’s our own venture – from conception to launch and beyond. You invest in a Super Being team made up of a diverse group of multi-skilled people and we deliver an outcome.

    The best innovation comes from unconventional thinking. Social innovation requires dealing with complex systems. Turning those problems into extraordinary opportunities comes from being an entrepreneurial team who are able to pull things apart, to be curious, to ask the tough questions, to apply next level creativity, to be different, to see patterns where others don’t, and to look silly when needed.

    When you have a team who can blend imagination, creativity and strategy together, and who have the capabilities needed to turn an idea into reality – big things are possible. Clients such as Breast Cancer Care, Telefonica, the Cabinet Office, the NSPCC, Comic Relief, Oxfam, BNP Paribas, and many more – all have come to love our way of making things happen.

    You have to ask yourself – do you want a PowerPoint at the end of your investment or do you want to be designing a better world?

    IF YOU’RE BOLD, LET’S GO!

     

  • 70/30 – skin in the game – invest in the future with us

    We are so driven by what we do, we make sure we have skin in the game too. As a client, you fund 70% of the project and we fund 30%. When we hit the desired outcomes, you can then pay us the remaining 30% or invest it in further work.

    How does the investment work?

    1. We assign a 5-person multidisciplinary team to your outcome (we can decide on a timeline together).

    2. We work with you for a day to one week to explore the problem area and define a big outcome.

    3. Next, we work in one month sprints to bring this all to life, starting by working through our process, blending creativity, strategy and entrepreneurial thinking to come up with ideas that are co-designed with the people you want to serve (in other words, we build a motivated community around the outcome right from the start).

    4. We then rapidly prototype and get it out there to measure impact and product/market fit with a 100 people across the target audience.

    5. Last but not least, we zig-zag to go big to hit the outcome and embed innovation that rewards your investment in every way.

    You can define how many sprints you want to invest in and we’ll work with you to map out the stages needed. In most cases, clients pick one stage to validate the potential, one stage to take it to market, and one stage to go big.

  • 3 ways to incubate your challenge with us

    Our clients come to us because unlike normal agencies, we handle everything like it’s our own venture – from conception to launch and beyond. You invest in a Super Being team made up of a diverse group of multi-skilled people and we deliver an outcome.

    1. Jump-In
    Do you want to jump in and solve an immediate social challenge or enhance an existing innovation to make it greater for humanity? (Imagine if tech companies had invested in a team who could spot the unintended consequences of their innovation and then helped them design digital products that do good without the harm?)

    2. Think Long
    Do you want to focus on long-term change by finding opportunity areas for innovation that helps give the next generation the greatest chances and opportunities?

    3. Super Being Arts
    Do you want to use the arts to inspire people? We’re doing through film, photography, literature, and theatre. Internally we are currently writing original content, have a studio at Pinewood through our production partners at Turtle Canyon Media, and are building a theatre school that will disrupt the sector for the better. Join our quest.

  • As a company, what can I do with Super Being?

    BlackRock’s Larry Fink rallying cry in January 2018 asked companies to make a ‘positive contribution to society’. He is totally right – you can do well and do good. CSR is just a sticking plaster, you can do so much more. We’ll help you find this strategic purpose and then work with people (it could be your employees, your customers, or the communities you work in) to co-create innovation that is needed, that provides an opportunity for growth and that is aligned to your core capabilities.

  • As an organisation, what can I do with Super Being?

    Whether you are a charity, a social enterprise, a university or an industry body, you have a social mission and you work hard at it.

    Let’s work with you to see how you can do things even better in order to reach your goal quicker and with long-lasting impact.

    We’ll then help you turn those ideas into sustainable reality.

  • As a government, what can I do with Super Being?

    Politics is drifting to the polar extremes. Democracy only works when everyone has a voice and that voice is heard.

    We can help you do things better by designing sustainable services that are built around individuals in a connected way.

    Imagine that?

  • As a philanthropist, what can I do with Super Being?

    You’re a superhero – let’s make something wonderful happen.

    If you have a social cause you really care about, bring your resources and influence to the table and work with us to make something awesome.

    Or maybe jump on
    board with an existing project we’re working on?

  • Support our own products too?

    We think up ideas in our lab and then make them happen. These always start off as Super Being Experiments and then with much testing, tinkering and thought, they turn into full-on products and services. This is how our digital social enterprise for young people – State of Ambition – started out, which then went on to win funding from Big Issue Invest and Telefonica’s Wayra Acceleration programme. Similarly, we published a book too – Being ManKind. We currently have 4 projects in the works and we’ll be launching all of them this year.

  • We Laugh

    Having that Monday morning feeling on a Wednesday? No problem. Get in touch at darshan@superbeinglabs.org with the subject line “PLEASE MAKE ME LAUGH” and we’ll get a comedian to tell you a joke.

Some of Our Work

Our clients come to us because unlike normal agencies, we handle everything like it’s our own venture – from conception to launch and beyond. You come to us with a big social challenge, invest in a Super Being team made up of a diverse group of multi-skilled people, and we deliver an outcome.

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    CAST – Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology
    client work

    CAST is accelerating the use of technology for social impact and since we have such shared missions, we are working together as their product partner. In particular, this involves working their FUSE programme – which is the UK’s first charity digital accelerator.  Over the last two years we have worked on social innovation challenges with Women’s Aid, Oxfam, Breast Cancer Care, Clore and many more charities.

    Dan Sutch, Co-Founder and Director, CAST
    “Digital technology offers profound new ways to address pressing social challenges. But it is not just the code and the computation that offers this, but the problem-solving approaches of great digital design teams. Super Being is a great example of this: a team with diverse skillsets that works effectively with organisations large and small to address big challenges.”

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    Breast Cancer Care
    client work

    Working with Breast Cancer Care and CAST (The Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology), we defined a strategic outcome to help women adjust to life after treatment. Currently, after-care for breast cancer survivors is almost non-existent. Whether experiencing side effects of treatment, trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle or finding it hard to make sense of their experience with breast cancer, many people find it hard adjusting to their new lives and finding their “new normal”.

    We used insights from data and co-creation to come up with a simple card-based app called BECCA to deliver trusted and curated information to women who need it. It’s now available as a web app, an iPhone app, and an Android app, with almost 10,000 women using it in less than a year. We’re excited because it’s still the basic version, but we’ve just received funding from Big Lottery to now do the complex bit – using machine learning to deliver personalised support to each woman using BECCA. It’s a perfect example of building a digital product in a way that grows with the user- base to deliver impact at every single stage.

    Betty Hart, BECCA user
    “I have found the BECCA app to be inspiring and full of helpful advice, packed with lots of useful information and suggestions. A must for anyone to help them move forward after breast cancer treatment.”

    BECCA has even been nominated for two BMA Patient Information awards, and as we build the full version, the technology will be open-sourced so other charities can use it for their needs too.

    Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care
    “Super Being has been working in partnership with Breast Cancer Care since 2016 to deliver BECCA. A scalable service that supports women affected by breast cancer but also has the potential to support a wider audience of people living with long-term health conditions. The partnership with Super Being involves support on a technical level, building the BECCA app, but they also play a role in user research, service design, and delivering the overall vision for the product. The values of both organisations closely align and we hope this will be a long-term partnership which will see BECCA become the go-to companion for every woman affected by breast cancer.”

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    Being ManKind
    made by super being labs

    Being Mankind is one of our own social ventures.

    Imagine a world where gender stereotypes have no power? Imagine a world where kids are given the chance to truly understand themselves? Imagine a world where ‘Man Up!’ means nothing, but ‘Be Human, Be Yourself’ does? That’s what we’re doing. We’ve published a book called Being ManKind Volume 1 and we successfully ran our ownKickstarter campaign to build a community around it. (We raised over £76k in 30 days). Over 3000 people are already enjoying Being ManKind Volume 1 and for every book bought, we also donate one to a school we work with). The book has been bought by people of all ages and backgrounds. The demand has been so great, we are now looking to go big. We’re currently finishing up Volume 2 and have also written a film for which we are now looking for production funding.

    Our stories are igniting conversations in schools and youth organisations. We have created a series of lesson plans and workshops to accompany the donated books. The co-created plans, for 9-11 years and 11+ years, are perfectly suited for schools (PSHE or registration period), youth organisations and older groups (e.g. prison, PRUs). Each session addresses a different, thought- provoking topic, such as body image, mental health and relationships. The common thread throughout the series of eight sessions is to inspire young people to be open, honest and individual thinkers. Feedback from students demonstrates the power of using real-life experiences to raise important issues, “I liked reading about other people’s stories, they taught us that we should treat others equally” (Year 8). When asked about what messages they had learned, one Year 6 student summed it up perfectly “To be proud of who you are and to be an excellent role model to others”.

    Get a book and explore our work at www.beingmankind.org

    Nasima Morshed, Uxendon Manor Primary School (Year 6 teacher)
    “Fun! Innovative! Inspirational! PSHE lessons have been re- energised with core values which make us human. The children have been thoroughly engaged through stimulating stories, hands-on activities; from making prototype plans for a toy to team building towers. Lifelong skills which go beyond the classroom.”

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  • Luisa Omielan
    Luisa Omielan – Hit Comedian
    client work

    With two hit shows already under her belt, Luisa and Super Being Arts have been working together to help grow her digital presence and community. Through our work with Luisa we have embarked on a mission to change the way the industry works for comics, and it’s working – Luisa has sold out the O2 Kentish Town, the Shepherds Bush Empire and many other areas without needing the traditional giants behind her. She’s also had her hit show “What Would Beyonce Do?” trending on BBC iPlayer.

    This is a great example of our breadth of skills beyond the project goals themselves – not only is our Founder working with Luisa on her BBC show out later this year, he’s also performed at her Gala at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We do what it takes, and we do it well!

    How can you help? We’re just getting started and we’re looking for a sponsor to take this plan to the next level.

    Luisa Omielan
    “It’s rare to work with a company that feels like a friend. My time with Super Being has been a consistent mutual conversation, tackling challenges as they arise and undertaking fresh responses and ideas to help my business grow. As a fellow comic and entrepreneur, Darshan has helped me out of some challenging situations and given invaluable insight, above and beyond the brief. My work is creative and comes from the heart so it’s wonderful to have a company that really understand this and has a social conscience. I hope we keep growing together!” 

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    Project QuidsIn
    client work

    Project QuidsIn

    This is project in partnership with Comic Relief, CAST, Oxfam and social entrepreneur, Seb Mayfield. It initially started by looking at how to support people who end up using foodbanks.

    Looking at the data, there were huge systemic issues at play but one thing stood out – the poverty premium. People on low incomes pay proportionately more for staples items – due to the way they have to shop, everything costs more. This leads to financial shocks and people can’t save. What if we could solve this with dignity?

    So we came up with QuidsIn. After a few prototypes were tested, we settled on an idea and built an economic model around it. You register your debit card after receiving a referral code, you then shop normally and you’re issued a cashback to reduce the premium. That cashback is turned into an emergency savings pot. When you withdraw from that pot (if you’ve opted in) – it sends a signal to an offline charity in your area who can provide you with support. This then builds community and financial resilience in a way that works best for the people the project supports.

    We’re now using Open Banking to build this, and the reason the retailers are on board is because it helps them reach an audience they are losing, helps them reduce food waste, and gives them a more scalable way of giving back to the communities they work in. Everybody wins and through this experiment, we’ll learn more about other ways to reduce the poverty premium.

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  • The Brilliant Club
    The Brilliant Club
    client work

    The Brilliant Club is a non-profit organisation that aims to widen access to university for students from under-represented groups. The challenge was – how can they be in every school in the country, helping every single young person with potential?

    The first step of our work with The Brilliant Club was to redevelop their online tutoring platform allowing pupils to consult with their tutors in a safe and moderated live chat environment, submit assignments, receive grades & feedback, and help tutors track monitoring data.

    After that, we moved on to a more ambitious project together: building a tool that can measure the impact of their school interventions. With the help of innovative methodologies applied to national student data, complemented by a collection of assessments, schools will be able to assess the impact of The Brilliant Club’s programme, whilst The Brilliant Club can use all collected data to improve their programme and provide more impactful help to young people.

    We’re only at the beginning of what this can do but imagine if every pupil and school can see progress and see a path laid out in front of them?

    Jonathan Sobczyk – Co-Founder Brilliant Club and Co-Founder at ImpactEd.
    “I have worked with Super Being on multiple projects both at The Brilliant Club and at ImpactEd. They always focus on outcomes rather than outputs which 100% aligns with how I feel the social sector should position itself. SBL creatively design digital products in a user-centered way and have been great to work with. This also means we end up working collaboratively in a way that’s all about the innovation being meaningful to those it’s designed for.”

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    Growing Fast Growth with UnLtd
    client work

    We are working withUnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, to help them support the companies in their Fast Growth programme.

    We have been working with the current cohort and enabling them to use our Super Being Labs model to scale growth and impact in a way that takes into account so many more factors than a normal growth plan can… especially at the stage the ventures are at.

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    State of Ambition
    made by super being labs

    State of Ambition is a new and exciting space between formal education and the real world. It’s where 16-30 year olds make connections, demonstrate grit, grow their skills and start making their dreams come true. Our mission is to nurture future generations of leaders to be collaborative, compassionate and determined.

    Through our digital relationship-building and learning platform, we enable brilliant but underserved 16-30 year olds to connect online with a variety of role models at ambitious companies. The role models help them grow through industry advice and feedback on digital tasks set over a 21 day period. In providing this help the role models also benefit, as they engage further with their employer’s culture and reinforce their knowledge of required skillsets. Continuous learning and developing benefits everyone involved and it takes minutes.

    During our trial period of 6 months, our young people engaged with over 166,000 people, had over 2700 conversations and over 456 opportunities as a result.

    Since launching, SoA has been funded by Super Being Labs, Big Issue Invest and WayraUnltd (Telefonica’s acceleration programme). We also have a high profile board of advisors, who are some of the most helpful people we’ve ever met. This is going to be huge. If you would like to roll this out in your firm or are a youth organisation who wants to use the platform, then we’d love to talk. Email us at darshan@stateofambition.org – Thanks.

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    Commonwealth Writers
    client work

    We worked with the Lucy Hannah and her team at the Commonwealth Foundation to relaunch a 25-year-old book price by rebranding it the initiative to Commonwealth Writers. It now collaborates across art forms to bring transformative stories to global audiences. Over 3 years we grew it from being meaningful in a handful of countries to working across all the Commonwealth Countries. We’ve carefully grown a community of thousands of creative practitioners who are all engaged in the various programmes coming out of Commonwealth Writers (for example, when we started the Short Story prize had about 400 entries from a handful of countries, and last year it had over 5000 entries from across every country in the Commonwealth Country. The programme has had films premiered at festivals, it’s had anthologies published and spin-off projects like addastories.com  too. The whole project has been so successful it was embedded as the main cultural focus of the Commonwealth Foundation’s strategy.

    Lucy Hannah – Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation
    “Super Being is consistently impressive and offers the perfect combination of reliability, creativity and innovation. They have designed and delivered a brand, a strategic digital overview, creative output and ultimately a huge community for Commonwealth Writers. They’ve alwyays been on hand, whether that’s working on the digital campaigns in London or flying out to countries like Bangladesh or Uganda at the last minute to help run and film a cultural programme. All of this has helped us to achieve our goals and continue to grow our community across the arts, from writing to poetry to film. It’s been like having a team who just get it and the programme is now fully embedded in 52 countries and growing every year.”

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    Brightside Trust
    client work, consultancy

    We spent time working with Brightside Trust to redesign their entire customer experience and user-interface in order to really make online mentoring even more meaningful for young people and mentors. We did this through a combination of using our innovation framework, our user-interface design skills, our entrepreneurial skills and our experience in co-design (we worked with over 151 stakeholders, partners, and young people combined). We then worked iteratively to design and develop the new online mentoring platform – now live, the engagement figures speak for themselves :)

    Not only is this one of the most exciting and impactful projects we’ve worked on, but it also ties in so well with our own social enterprise, State of Ambition , so it’s something we are super motivated by.

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    BeyondMe
    client work, consultancy

    The Beginning

    In March 2014 we met some brilliant people at an organisation called Young Philanthropy who were trying to create a big change in the world of giving. The idea was genius – groups of professionals form a syndicate at their firm, give time and money to a charity they work with, and are match-funded by a senior executive from their firm. They had had a phenomenally successful start but were now looking to rebrand and grow sustainably.

    The Middle

    Over a period of three months, we worked with Adam Pike, Michael Harris and their passionate team to focus on a big rebrand – encompassing not just the name, but also looking at the positioning, the service design and the brand strategy. So what happened?

    In looking at the idea of philanthropy itself, we noticed many things holding progress back. It was traditional, it was old, it was often seen as the preserve of those who had made it and had spare cash. If giving was going to become a habit, we had to go beyond just rebranding Young Philanthropy; we had to rebrand the whole concept of philanthropy and make it something everyone can do. We decided to focus on the idea of generosity and leadership.

    The End of the Beginning

    Well, after three months of workshops, interviews, iterations and ideas, we are so delighted with the result. We are excited to announce that as of September 2014, Young Philanthropy is now called BeyondMe. It’s a movement dedicated to promoting generosity in leadership – because generous leaders can substantially improve society, their businesses and themselves.

    Ultimately, we chose the name because it helps us to focus on three questions:

    • How can I be generous and improve the world beyond me?
    • How can I inspire my friends, colleagues and clients to improve the world beyond us?
    • How can I go beyond who I am now to become a better leader?

    The service design

    Simplicity was crucial. So rather than a syndicate being anything up to 15 people, we focused on the dynamics of a project succeeding, the ideal number of people needed and ways we can make the experience exciting from beginning to end, in order to form habits which lead to exceptional leaders being born.

    Through research and workshops, we settled on the number 7 and a senior sponsor. This would mean the professionals work better, the charitable project gets focused attention and ultimately, it’s better to have many small units of exceptional leaders than a few large units of a mixed bag.

    So BeyondMe is now really simple: you start (or join) a team at your workplace. Each team will have a founder, six colleagues and a senior sponsor. The team chooses a charitable project that excites them. Then you all crack on until you’re done and the world’s a slightly better place. Hoorah!

    The branding and the website

    Once we finished our work, Adam and his team briefed a designer to create the identity and worked with the brilliant Hactar on the digital platform. It’s been a really collaborative affair and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

    How are BeyondMe doing now?

    The impact has been huge and we’re delighted for the incredible team at BeyondMe; you can read more about their outstanding progress here.

     

     

     

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    Journalism for the Future
    client work

    We have been working with the Press Association to deliver courses to help journalists use innovation, communication and digital to produce better journalism, and in the process, build audience communities around their work. Over the last four years, we have worked with the Belfast Telegraph, the Daily Mirror, the Telegraph, Immediate Media and trained 125 journalists and counting.

    Super Being Labs work with us to help teach journalists and clients how to use social and digital to build a long-term community around their work. Feedback from all delegates who attend the courses are universally positive. Darshan is always thoroughly well prepared, entertaining, but most of all authoritative.” – Tony Johnston, Head of Training – the Press Association

     

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  • Super Being is consistently impressive and offers the perfect combination of reliability, creativity and innovation. They have designed and delivered a brand, a strategic digital overview, creative output and ultimately a huge community for Commonwealth Writers. They’ve alwyays been on hand, whether that’s working on the digital campaigns in London or flying out to countries like Bangladesh or Uganda at the last minute to help run and film a cultural programme. All of this has helped us to achieve our goals and continue to grow our community across the arts, from writing to poetry to film. It’s been like having a team who just get it and the programme is now fully embedded in 52 countries and growing every year.

    Lucy Hannah Programme Manager Commonwealth Foundation

  • Super Being Labs have supported Breast Cancer with their strategic vision for, and implementation of, our new digital support service; BECCA. They’ve also supported the embedding of an innovation process at Breast Cancer Care, running workshops and building minimal viable products for us to test. They enabled us to bridge the gap between having many research-based ideas, to just one concept that has demonstrated strong product/market fit and a viable business model. Darshan has also supported us with our overall ‘Digital Culture Programme’ by delivering an inspirational presentation to the organisation on innovation and app development which won a lot of hearts and minds and helped gain internal support for the innovation projects we were starting. SBL are a joy to work with. They are communicative, warm, highly proficient and creative. We work as a team rather than as a client, and Breast Cancer Care have greatly benefited from their presence, advice and unfaltering positivity.

    Kristina Barrick Digital Innovation Manager Breast Cancer Care

  • Digital technology offers profound new ways to address pressing social and charitable challenges. But it is not just the code and the computation that offers this, but the problem-solving approaches of great digital design teams. Super Being is a great example of this: a team with diverse skill sets that works effectively with organisations large and small to address big challenges through design thinking and digital technology.

    Dan Sutch Co-Founder and Director CAST

  • Super Being Labs have been an energising force and an enriching partner for BeyondMe. When BeyondMe first worked with them, we were a very young social enterprise with had big ambitions. We engaged Darshan and his team to help us think through our work and relaunch our brand. The result was one of the most fundamental shifts in the way we work. Super Being Labs not only helped us land on our name, BeyondMe, which we have today, but also helped us refine how we deliver our programme. It was genuine end-to-end innovation, which isn’t something that comes easily and certainly isn’t something that comes when you deploy your average agency. Super Being Labs is much more than average, Darshan and his superb team deliver innovation with personality and a real sense of purpose. I’d recommend for any prospective client who is ready to turbo-charge that matrix that’s been knocking around on a whiteboard and make it a reality.

    Kawika Solidum CEO BeyondMe

  • Super Being were essential in the success of our collaborative project looking at digitally enhancing a service run by NSPCC and aiming to equip parents from vulnerable backgrounds with the right tools in initial stages of parenthood. Super Being Labs were great at identifying the bottlenecks and suggesting innovative solutions – both in relation to the use of tech and to operations. They were really easy and flexible to work with, and were helpfully solution focused yet very attentive and sensitive to diverse needs and priorities of our partners.

    Ieva Kajokaite Chief of Staff Founders Pledge

  • We’ve been working with Super Being for over 2 years and they’ve got the elusive ingredients that we were looking for – friendly, approachable, passionate, able to take on any challenge, creative in their thinking and at the same time able to implement impactful ideas. Their work on customer experience and user journeys means we have resources that help my colleagues can use directly with social entrepreneurs to help them make their social impact and growth sustainable.

     

    Albert Chong Head of Quality and Performance UnLtd

  • Super Being have played a critical role in our reimagining of finance. They’ve listened to us, made sense of what we were trying to say and then driven it to reality with our brand, our message and our product. They’ve made it clear why our new way of thinking is not an alternative to the status quo but actually the way things should be to enable a mission driven world and a new economy that is being forged online. More than anything, they’ve helped us give tangible shape to our dreams, even when things were bleak. More than an agency, they’ve been our mentors, friends and team-members.

     

    Siddharth Sthalekar CEO   Sacred Capital

  • Super Being has been working in partnership with Breast Cancer Care since 2016 to deliver BECCA. A scalable service that supports women affected by breast cancer but also has the potential to support a wider audience of people living with long-term health conditions. The partnership with Super Being involves support on a technical level, building the BECCA app, but they also play a role in user research, service design, and delivering the overall vision for the product. The values of both organisations closely align and we hope this will be a long-term partnership which will see BECCA become the go-to companion for every woman affected by breast cancer.

    Samia al Qadhi Chief Executive Breast Cancer Care

  • It’s rare to work with a company that feels like a friend. My time with Super Being has been a consistent mutual conversation, tackling challenges as they arise and undertaking fresh responses and ideas to help my business grow. As a fellow comic and entrepreneur, Darshan has helped me out of some challenging situations and given invaluable insight, above and beyond the brief. My work is creative and comes from the heart so it’s wonderful to have a company that really understand this and has a social conscience. I hope we keep growing together!

    Luisa Omielan Comedian Luisa Omielan

Meet the Team

Everyone in the Super Being Labs team is a specialist in at least two different disciplines and also has entrepreneurial experience. This enables us to put together teams made up of diverse thinkers and doers for each brief – something that is crucial for creativity and innovation.

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    Darshan Sanghrajka
    Founder & CEO
    powers:branding . communications . Design . digital strategy . Experience Design . film . humour . Product Development . product innovation . Project Management . Research . Young People

    Darshan graduated with a MA in Economics and Modern History from the University of St Andrews (and almost embarked on a PhD in anti-terrorism in the USA but the entrepreneurial world was too much of a draw), and has over 10 years of experience working in start-ups, branding, innovation, communications and digital. His passion is using all those skills to tackle real social and industry challenges. This led him to create Super Being Labs and build a team around this vision.

    Over his career, he’s created campaigns, digital products and strategies for Adidas, Sanyo, the Commonwealth Foundation, the National Trust, the Technology Strategy Board, Forum for the Future and many more.

    Through Super Being Labs, he has also founded State of Ambition and Being ManKind

    Outside of work, Darshan is a non-exec at Sporting Memories (an org using sporting reminiscence to fight dementia and isolation for the elderly), as well as Chair for a small charity (STCA) in Kings Cross, on the advisory board for the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa Programme, on the NSPCC’s Digital Taskforce to help tackle the multiple challenges around supporting young people at risk, and finally has recently joined the Ventures Advisory Board at UnLtd – the Foundation for social entrepreneurs, as well being appointed Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UnLtd.

     

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  • RichardTaylor
    Richard Taylor
    CTO
    powers:Mobile Development . product innovation . Project Management . systems administration . Systems Architecture and Design . Web Development

    Richard is a hands-on CTO with over 16 years’ senior professional tech development experience, working for a range of companies from FTSE 100 corporates like BSkyB, to large corporations like Betfair, Guinness World Records, New Scientist, Gumtree (Ebay), all way through to 3-person startups. He is now helping us scale meaningful ideas that help companies and society thrive.

    He is an entrepreneur and polyglot programmer, choosing the right technology for the job, and an accomplished systems administrator with a wealth of experience with traditional rack-based hosting solutions and scaling cloud-based systems. He follows an agile development approach, has led many teams and believes in good test-driven methodologies.

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  • Ambica Jobanputra
    Ambica Jobanputra
    People & Partnerships Director
    powers:Community Building . Partnerships . service design . Strategy
    Ambica is in charge of building solid partnerships and a community around the Super Being mission. We’re very lucky to have her on board!After graduating in Law and spending a life-changing year studying in Sweden, Ambica has built a career working in and across the private, social and public sector. She spent two years as a policy advisor in the Cabinet Office, and three years at BeyondMe, mobilising thousands of young professionals to give their time, money, skills and long-term commitment to charity projects in need of support.

    Her experience lies in spotting connections, fostering partnerships, creating experiences and building communities. As Head of Social Leadership and Engagement at BeyondMe she: co-designed and delivered their year-long volunteering programme to make sure professionals from the private and social sector cultivated meaningful relationships for impact – this led to a tripling in the number of partnerships made in one year; designed and delivered campaigns that resulted in over 500 new business professionals joining; and developed a vision for BeyondMe’s 1,500-strong community. She thrives when building relationships and growing projects that matter.

    Alongside the day job, Ambica is a director on the trading board of Hackney Pirates Ltd, a social enterprise wholly owned by The Hackney Pirates, a charity improving literacy, confidence, and perseverance among disadvantaged young people – all at their inspiring learning space, the Ship of Adventures. (You have to go!)

    She is also on the organising committee for TEDxLondon – watch that space for an exciting programme of events in 2018. A total book junkie, she’s always after recommendations so send her a tweet @ambica89.

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    Beez Fédia
    Product & Design Director
    powers:Design . Product Development . product innovation . Project Management . Web Design . Web Development

    Beez has an amazing mix of creative, technical and operational skills that allow him to design and build complex systems – from secure file sharing apps for the Commonwealth Foundation, to booking systems for City University, and brilliantly, our digital platform for young people, State of Ambition.

    These projects have utilised his keen eye for design, his product distribution skills and most importantly his ability to translate complex technical issues into plain English. Ultimately, he is highly focussed on creating great products and experiences for customers.

    Beez believes that technology should serve as an enabler, helping people to have great experiences. He also has a strong belief that it should serve to enhance the environment not distract from it. In other words technology should not get in the way or become the focus; with a great technical product the technology becomes invisible.

    That said, for completeness, he has built applications using Ruby on Rails, Django (in Python) and Meteor (in both Javascript & Coffeescript). He’s designed websites in both Photoshop & Illustrator (and on paper) and magazines in InDesign. He writes his code using Atom and favours building real-time applications.

    In keeping with our view that everyone in our team should be entrepreneurial, Beez is co-founder, designer and publisher of the national yoga magazine, Draze. Draze has been extremely well received, with special acclaim for its design and immersive content. With an initial print run of 3,000 and over 40 distribution points, he took it to market in just 90 days and it’s now on its 5th edition.

    His motto? Stop talking, start working. Beez is in charge of making sure this belief is followed through in all our work and on a bigger level, getting out there and meeting people, so we can understand how to invent things that can help them.

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  • Priya Dabasia
    Dr Priya Dabasia
    Research & Photography
    powers:Capoeira . Drawing . Photography . Project Management . Research

    Dr Priya Dabasia is in charge of our research methodology and protocols, especially for impact and health projects. She is also a producer and photographer for many of our impact projects.

    Priya is actually a highly experienced optometrist, specialising in the field of glaucoma detection, and has been practising since 2004. Priya completed her pre-registration training at City University for which she was awarded the prestigious Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Prize, and the George Wheatcroft Prize. In September 2005, Priya was appointed visiting tutor at City University, teaching on internal university lecture programmes at both postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate level. Alongside her main role, Priya continued to develop her clinical experience with locum clinics, both at the university and in independent community practice. Priya writes CET accredited articles for journals The Optician and Optometry in Practice. In March 2013, Priya was awarded the Geoffrey Hall, Lightmongers Prize for services to City University. Priya also has a PhD for a project titled ‘A study of the role of advanced technologies in glaucoma case-finding’ and has recently finished a Postdoc and is now working with us to help us with our mission.

    Outside her work as a researcher, optometrist and wildlife photographer, Priya enjoys playing Capoeira twice weekly and travelling around the world.

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  • AlexThomas
    Alex Thomas
    Development
    powers:Product Development . product innovation . systems administration . Systems Architecture and Design . Web Development

    Alex and coding go together like gin and tonic. He has years of experience in programming, with a degree in computer science as well as a Masters in bioinformatics, where he specialised in big data and machine learning. He’s a full stack developer with experience in systems admin, specifically building scalable and secure web application architectures on the AWS platform. He also has deep experience in automated server provisioning and systems architecture design.

    With his skills in PHP, Ruby on Rails and Java, he has built some cool digital products, including an event schedule app to generate schedules for multi-track events and various prototypes for clients. Most recently he designed and built a restful API for Code Club.

    Ultimately he believes in simplicity for the user, even if it means added complexity for the developer, and is a big fan of behaviour driven development, as testing always pays you back in spades down the road. On the front end, he believes in mobile first and considers a website to be complete only when there is nothing left to take away.

    A fun fact – he also started a games website, which generated over £1m in revenue for partners like Amazon, Tesco and Littlewoods. This process taught him how to run a business and also helped developed his SEO and PPC marketing skills.

    When he’s not tapping out code, he enjoys coffee, craft beer, cooking, and most of all cycling – show him a hill and he’ll always want to suffer his way to the top. He’s also scuba dived all around the world and has amazingly curly hair.

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    Stuart Laws
    Film
    powers:Directing . film . humour . Project Management . Screenwriting

    Collaborating with Super Being Labs on film and storytelling projects with his production company Turtle Canyon, Stu is the man you need to speak to get some quality storytelling via film, animation or stage.

    Stuart is a director, comic and writer, creating great new films and comedy with exciting new talent and established stars. He has worked with Robert Lindsay, Nick Helm, Julia Davis, Jessie Cave, Diana Weston, Jake Lloyd, James Acaster and Elizabeth Tan. He has spearheaded the online comedy channel for Turtle Canyon Media and racked up 700,000 hits for the regular stream of viral hits, sketches, web series and short films. The majority of the content is directed by Stuart and has been featured worldwide in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Poke, The Daily Mirror, Upworthy, The Daily Star and the British Comedy Guide. He is developing a range of TV shows with comedians and produced video content for Nick Helm’s upcoming BBC3 series.

    Stuart’s latest short film “Chubby Bunny” has played at film festivals worldwide including The New York Comedy Film Festival and The London Short Film Festival, and has been shortlisted for awards in Seattle and at the prestigious Van D’Or awards. His most recent short “Over To You At 2″ was nominated for Best Screenplay at the One Shot Movie Competition. Of course alongside all this, he has also worked on corporate films for 12 years, working all over the world and for some of the biggest international companies.

    Not only is Stu blooming funny, he also has a very weird thing for Haribo and Panini football stickers.

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  • JennyScott
    Jenny Corrie
    Production
    powers:Languages . Project Management . Publishing . Writing

    Jenny is a super smart cookie who not only speaks multiple languages, but also has a passion for producing brilliant things. She studied Russian and Italian at the University of St Andrews and then went on to gain a Masters in Screen Translation and Subtitling. She has 5 years’ experience in the publishing industry, including one year at a publishing house in Florence, and most recently she has worked in production for a top financial magazine.

    Outside of work, Jenny loves cooking, travelling and eating good food with friends and family – ideally all of those combined. Her role as a Producer at Super Being Labs is to ensure that our projects go swimmingly from conception to launch.

     

     

     

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  • StefanMoghina
    Stefan Moghina
    Product Management
    powers:communications . Design . digital strategy . Product Design . Product Development . product innovation . Product Management

    When Stefan was a kid, he started making robots out of toothpicks and fishing cork. As he grew up he still wanted to create, so he taught himself the skills needed for his creations – starting off with graphic design, 3D modelling and basic animation, and then moving onto learning how to sew and even basic carpentry.

    From here began his love of solving things creatively. He went on to study Marketing in Birmingham, and after working on a few start-ups, he learnt to stitch his creative skills with his product development skills. Welcome to the grown-up kid turned product manager – Stefan Moghina.

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  • SarahBeattie
    Sarah Beattie
    Youth
    powers:humour . Social Work . Young People

    Sarah brings the experience, skills and energy to the table to help us make sure we work well with the young people involved in our not-for-profit social enterprise, State of Ambition.

    Having graduated from the University of St Andrews, Sarah went on to graduate with a Masters in social work and this coupled with her experience of working in the field and most importantly, the passion for helping young people succeed, makes her a perfect advisor.

    Here is why Sarah does what she does:

    “I have worked with young people and children in various capacities and for various reasons and all of it has completely rejuvenated me. I have found the difference in working with younger people, rather than adults or older people, is the financial support given to them and the hope that is placed on them.  This area of work needs to be understood as not just working to ’empower’ young people through financial support and goals, but to inspire them too. I can only hope I am able to give as much inspiration as I personally receive from the young people I meet.”

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  • Konnaire Scannell
    Konnaire Scannell
    Product Design
    powers:Aeropress Trickery . branding . Data-driven design . Design . Graphic Design . Web Design

    As a kid, Konnaire wanted to follow a career in the design industry after getting frustrated with inconsistent patterns in elevator buttons. As he got older, he began playing with web technologies and realised that his calling was a mix of UI and UX design, where he could make things both beautiful to see, and to use. He’s been described as someone who has a knack for catching easily-overlooked silly mistakes.

    Konnaire loves community and trying to make a small difference, organising not-for-profit film festivals and attending tech meet-ups purely to make new friends and help out. He keeps himself busy cycling and running, taking photos and being possibly too snobbish about coffee.

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    Marcus Graichen
    Development
    powers:Business Models . communications . digital strategy . Product Development . Web Design . Web Development

    Marcus or ‘mog’ as he is more commonly referred to has a background as colourful as his hair throughout his teenage years. From working for the most advanced body modification clinics at the time, to working just about every position in a photographic studio and lab before the days of digital, dj-ing with actual records and shooting skateboarding in the late nineties – he thankfully went on the full embrace the digital age.

    With a degree in multimedia arts and 4 years of teaching and writing course for universities under his belt, he began to merge skills in imaging, digital strategy, small business management and development towards WordPress based solutions for business of all sizes.

    Now with over 10 years of coding experience he specialises in solving client problems using scalable and secure web-based solutions.

    Of course you have to tolerate the fact that he also has a double life as a professional kite surfer, jet-setting around the world to unbelievable locations with his professional kite surfer wife and magazine editor in tow, so whatever you do don’t ask him how his day is going as it won’t make yours any better.

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  • EdCorrie
    Ed Corrie
    Arts
    powers:humour . Screenwriting . storytelling . Writing

    As an actor and writer, Ed trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he perfected his fake Scottish accent and played Tig for 3 years. He has since worked with Anna Chancellor, Amanda Abbington and Jason Isaacs in projects including Shetland and Case Histories for BBC and has carved a successful niche playing either policemen or bad guys. As a writer, he just makes things up, but nobody seems to have noticed yet…

    Before that, he studied English and Art History at St. Andrews University, so he prides himself on the fact that he has three degrees in waffling, colours and telling stories. 

    At Super Being, Ed is in charge of developing our use of the arts for social impact.

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  • Ursule Kajokaite
    Ursule Kajokaite
    Product Consultant
    powers:Business Models . product innovation . Product Management . service design . Strategy

    Having studied Psychology, Ursule decided she wanted to compliment her social and research focused background with business and spent a couple of years working in financial services, focused on business analysis and strategy. Being hungry for a new challenge and tired of the corporate culture, she then moved on to work at a startup in Malaysia for half a year, focusing on customer insight and product strategy. However, as she missed the English rain a little bit too much, she got back to London and worked at Studio B. In the end, she was looking to focus entirely on using her skills to do good. So, she joined our mission.

    Her passion for social impact is clear – from running psychology-education groups for people with eating disorders to consulting social enterprises.

    Fun fact – Ursule used to teach jazz dance. She also loves long dinner-table discussions, especially if it’s about politics, education, mental health, international development, traveling, food, culture, and the list goes on and on!

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  • Max Schrijnen - Impact Consultant - Super Being Labs
    Max Schrijnen
    Impact Consultant
    powers:Impact measurement . Monitoring and Evaluation . Product Development . Young People

    Max is our impact geek – he loves talking about, reading about and designing impact evaluation tools and frameworks. He also loves education and started out teaching Maths for a couple of years on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Having spotted a gap in what his or any school could help young people with, he went to work for the fantastic Brilliant Club, a Higher Education charity which helps disadvantaged pupils access the very best universities. There he first looked after their schools in South London and the South Coast before moving over to help build the Monitoring and Evaluation Team from the ground up.

    He’s passionate about social change and is focused on helping interventions and foundations work together to help make people’s lives better. Outside of work he’s into all things outdoors, loves cooking and is a demon on the squash court.

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Join the Mission

Are you someone who gets stuck in, putting the job title second and the collective mission first? Do you laugh way more than you worry? Are you ready for a challenge? Do you like people? Do you like mangoes? Are you able to question things? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of those questions, then we want to meet you.

We do things differently at Super Being Labs:

  1. You either work with us as part of the main team or we sponsor you for a year as an Impact Scholar and help make your idea a reality, whilst training you through our work. Think of it like education with a purpose.
  2. You can take as many holiday days as you want – with power comes great responsibility – we trust in teamwork.
  3. You can either take all of August or December off, fully paid.
  4. You can work from anywhere in the world.
  5. Find a creative way of getting in touch with us to find out number 5.

Contact Us

If we can help or you would just like to talk about anything then drop us an email at:

darshan@superbeinglabs.org

Call us on +44 0203 457 3761 | Visit us at Runway East, 10 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AF