Joining Dots was founded by me, Sharon Richardson. The name ‘Joining Dots’ comes from a passion for exploring connections between emerging trends that affect the ‘intelligence – decision – action’ cycle underpinning all cognitive systems, human and artificial, and creating visual narratives to inform and facilitate change. Balancing the art of possibilities with evidence-based realities

Joining Dots was launched in 2006 as an independent practice offering strategic thinking, research insights, organisational analysis and guidance for the digital era. It followed a 12-year career in the IT industry that began with designing early digital knowledge management systems in the mid-1990s and led to working for Microsoft as the European lead for ‘information work’ technology specialists, advising senior executives at some of Microsoft’s largest customers and presenting at global industry conferences

More recently the focus has broadened to examine wider socio-economic opportunities and challenges created by the digitisation of everyday life, from the quantified self to the autonomous smart city. The technology gets smaller and its impact gets bigger. The interest remains constant: the impact of technology on the performance and behaviour of intelligent systems

In addition to industry experience, academic qualifications span cognitive, computer and data sciences. In 2015, I completed a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics that resulted in a national award-winning thesis and am currently conducting doctoral research at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London

An experienced international speaker, I am available for conferences and discussion panels, and can provide comments for media purposes

Company Details

Joining Dots Ltd is registered in England and Wales, company number: 5800018. Registered Office: Hazeldene, Sutton Road, Fovant, Wiltshire, England. VAT registration: GB 889 703 269

joiningdots.com, joiningdots.net and joiningdots.co.uk are the only domain names representing Joining Dots. Other domain names involving the words joining and dots are in no way affiliated