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Kate helps complex businesses and organisations understand human dynamics so they can better serve consumer needs, use creativity in the workplace with more joy and less fear, and innovate better.
By combining semiotics and trend-scanning with her rich knowledge ranging widely across the human sciences, Dr Hammer’s work is rigorous and relevant. She is especially skilled at making the theoretical practical and accessible, helping teams “see the wood and the trees”.
Having co-invented IdeaKeg and invented storyFORMing early in the 2010s, Kate’s favourite way of working is now as an “Intel inside” helping corporate/consultant teams crystallise emergent needs within the business, make sense of culture and make change. Beginning in 2019, her flagship project is SemioStories.
A Certified Simplexity® Creative Problem Solving facilitator and trainer, Kate is also an academically qualified, ICF-accredited coach for individuals flapping like fishes, desperate to swim in ambitious work/creative projects and complex lives.
The transformative tailored 1:1 coaching programmes for people making big changes, craving sense, often in the face of chaos, launching/ramping/leaving cherished and/or creative businesses, are delivered through SemioStories parent, Throughline.
From 2010-2016, Kate worked as co-founder at heart of KILN, the trend-scanning operation that curated 50+ IdeaKegs over a six-year period. The IdeaKeg is a 3-dimensional “magazine” of provocative objects embodying trends. Its invention (by Fraley, Hammer and Neogy) anticipated developments in neuroscience demonstrating that human brains fire more intensely holding objects than seeing visual representations of objects (see the lab of Professor Dr Jody Culham). Kate also invented a companion tool, storyFORMing is a visual canvas and question deck that elicits the heart of a project and why anyone would care.
Kate Hammer writes on change, creativity and innovation. Also, she is a para-academic (PhD FHEA); she designs and teaches university courses and specialist postgraduate seminars/lectures. Her non-fiction and fiction writing is represented by A.M. Heath Literary Agents.