Joining Dots is me, Sharon Richardson. The name comes from a passion for helping organisations benefit from trends connecting people, information and technology. Balancing the art of possibilities with pragmatic realities and bridging human, social, technical, environmental and economic perspectives. In short, connecting the dots to help move ideas and projects forward

With a background in behavioural, data and computer sciences, my career has followed the path of new technologies transforming access to, and use of, information. Starting with desktop and departmental applications in the 90s, through to organisation-wide web, social and mobile solutions in the 00s, to city-scale urban informatics and IoT-enabled environments today. The technology keeps shrinking, its impact grows larger

Following a 12-year career in the IT industry that led to working for Microsoft as the European lead for ‘information work’ technology specialists, in 2006 I established my own practice, Joining Dots, producing independent research, evidence-based narratives and ‘art of the possible’ prototypes to guide digital strategies and technology investments. Current hot topics include the potential and limits of AI, creating ‘smart’ spaces, augmented intelligence and how to adopt data-driven strategies without dehumanising the outcomes…  In 2015 I took an academic career break to complete a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics that resulted in a national award-winning thesis. It led to receiving funding to undertake doctoral research in spatial intelligence at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London

In addition to providing independent research and consulting, as an experienced international speaker, I am available for conferences and discussion panels, and can provide comments for media purposes

If you are curious, or have a project or idea that could benefit from a fresh and independent perspective, please get in touch, contact details are in the sidebar.

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