Fellow Trustees Concept

— As a gregarious Fellow who gets about quite a lot, I am fortunate to know a large number of diversely talented individuals and companies. So much so that I have never had to contact a recruitment agency to find someone with a particular skill set.

As a gregarious Fellow who gets about quite a lot, I am fortunate to know a large number of diversely talented individuals and companies. So much so that I have never had to contact a recruitment agency to find someone with a particular skill set.

Although I often feel such a network has formed itself quite naturally, when I launched the Fellow brand I did consciously set out to meet gifted individuals that I might collaborate with and even be able call upon when and if I needed to. The name Fellow was born from the concept of exacting standards, academic connection, and a professional commitment to question everything and develop over time – but also the idea that I am a fellow creative, part of a larger community of talented individuals driving the future of technology, communications and creative disciplines forward into an uncertain future.

Many of the people I have met over the last few years have helped to shape what Fellow has ultimately become. I once read that Einstein wasn’t born a genius, he forged himself into one by surrounding himself with exceptionally smart people. I might be about as far removed from Einstein as a scruffy creative type can get, but we do share one thing in common: I am also surrounded by exceptional people.

Over the last few months, people from places like Tuttle, Tweetups, BarCamp and my broader social web have been getting in contact asking if I know anyone who can develop, say, widgets for this or a design for that. In each case I’ve been able to make those connections.

With this in mind, I am proud to launch Fellow Trustees.

The concept is very simple. The people and companies on this list I whole-heartedly recommend. They are exceptional at what they do and conduct themselves with absolute professionalism. I trust them enough to align my Fellow brand with them. They are Fellow Trustees.

If you are thinking about talking to a creative recruitment agency to help fulfill a project, I would say check out the individuals and companies on the following lists first (in time I may even develop some relevant twitter lists too but some of my recommended connections can’t be found on twitter).



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Neil Cocker

Interesting idea. Can you foresee a time where everyone has a "trusted list" on their site? How would that differ from a recommendation on LinkedIn, for example?



Hi Neil and Scott.
Glad you gents find the concept interesting. I'll try and use a few twitter comments to aid my thoughts in this reply…

"@sbartholomew commented: Great idea. Trusted contacts are worth 100x more to people than a traditional directory. I'll be interested to see this develop."

I completely agree with Steven Batholomew on this but I also recognize the following…

"@maverickwoman suggested such contacts are: worth protecting! Nothing that annoys me more than someone messing with my contacts in my network+doing the wrong thing"

I take this comment on board completely but can't help but feel that providing such list information whilst including day rates and skill-sets will help reduce any likelihood of potential inquiry time wasters. I'd also suggest that my contacts are wise enough, and have been in business long enough, to know how to spot a time waster. Plus in many cases I'd expect to be connecting folk directly and making personal recommendations of connection as per usual - which hopefully covers part of the next comment:

"@superdeluxesam commented: Trust is required. Which probably entails a need for privacy or curation, or both. Don't think a public resource would work."

I understand the concern for privacy but I don't really see an issue here, money is usually the sticking point for painful projects and time wasting clients but stating day rates openly helps cut through the crap. In my personal experience I never quibble a costing, if I decide upon a service I pay the rate without question but if the service doesn't deliver an equivalent value I never return. Everyone knows I charge (on average) £450 +VAT per day [please do feel free to comment but be aware I ofter work at least ten hour days] but I'm yet to hear from a client who thinks I don't deliver value.

So, how do I think this concept differs from LinkedIn? In short I feel LinkedIn is about winning business and their testimonial structure encourages reciprocation and recommendations that wouldn't necessarily be given in conversation. The *Trustee* method actually aligns such recommendations at the heart of a brand, business philosophy and actual website (not removed and separated on to a third-party service website such a LinkedIn). I'd also suggest that the *Trustee* route is to benefit the freelance community and truly reliable services, not yourself. [I will say I'll ponder this and adjust as the concept grows].

Do I see it becoming something more in the future? I'm not sure, nor did I consider when I posted - its simply something I'd like to do to help the good folk that surround me. I personally think its an interesting launch-pad for upcoming talent and students in such networks but once again I'll adjust this answer as the concept grows.

Thanks for comments. Please keep them coming. Much to ponder ;-)