Who we are


Jaclyn Knight | Founder & Director

I am a self-professed perpetually-curious pest – a seeker and explorer – that person who always wants to understand ‘why’ and to find a better way of ‘how’. I have a keen interest in social innovation and have worked in the guise of many different professional roles but the common thread has always been positive outcomes for people – particularly in bringing diverse groups together to create something different, something better or something new. I don’t believe in innovation behind closed doors, instead I believe we should invite everyone to help discover, design and develop solutions to real and pressing issues that affect us. My goal is to deliver positive, tangible and sustainable outcomes that everyone can benefit from – innovation created for people and communities, by people and communities: Innovation, Man Made.

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Simone Jaeger | Account Manager

My work spans account, project and stakeholder management across a range of sectors including commercial innovation, public sector programs and arts/media production. I love turning ideas into action – blending a can-do approach and keen eye for detail, with a collaborative spirit and sensitivity for what each part of the system needs. My specialties include finding solutions and making things happen – more specifically; project planning, ethnography and evaluation, event production and management, stakeholder and community engagement. I love a challenge – no-one said that open innovation was easy – and making genuine and positive connections.


Kate Peardon | Coach & Facilitator

My talent lies in bringing people together to achieve extraordinary results. I love challenging the status quo and thinking differently. This enables me to always seek a better way through inspiring and growing people to be the most amazing version of themselves. I am currently completing an Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University, Madrid, Spain. My goal is to help organisations leverage strengths rather than addressing constraints to achieve extraordinary results.

Adam Sebastian West | Creative Associate

Meet the man who’s turned his passion into a paying profession. Creativity is an ever-flowing wave of diversity for me and my professional work has always reflected this. I was the Founder of  Urban Climb – a state-of-the art indoor climbing and bouldering experience – I’ve run my own photographic agency, Adam Sebastian West Photography, and have been at the helm of creative agencies including Breeder and TheStoryBoxes. More recently, I’ve dived into the realms of Event Design and Management, creating Queensland’s first Rock Climbing Festival – The Passchendaele Bouldering Festival, which is now in its third year. I am immensely engaged when I’m able to express the full extent of my creativity, whether that’s drawing, designing, visualising, making, building or climbing and I love enabling clients to channel their own creative ability and find new ways to connect, communicate and co-create. 

Lily Scowen | Design Associate

I’m a graphic designer with a specialist degree in Visual Communications. I have a passion for brand identity, typography and illustration – in print and digital mediums​​​​​​​. I believe that all good design should engage, communicate and connect with people, so as a designer, my aim is to create work that is visually appealing and effective in communicating a clear purpose. I love to solve problems for clients and to find ways to create and communicate solutions in the simplest and most accessible forms.