What’s a Meddle?

Each Meddle is a unique gathering of brilliant people, invited to come together and tackle a specific issue. This is chosen by the first person we invite – the Middle Meddler, as we call them.

The issue can be anything, in any field, on any scale. It might be a negative issue we want to help people overcome. Or something positive we’d like to see more widely promoted and embraced.

Once the topic is fixed, we start to gather more names: smart influential people keenly interested in the topic, who enjoy collaborative problem-solving. (Or, as we call it – Meddling.

The aim of each Meddle is to conceive, develop and present something that ‘moves the needle’ on the chosen issue. It might be a website or a white paper. It might be a product prototype. It might be a schools roadshow. Who knows? Each group of meddlers sets their own goal.

As of March 15, 2014, Meddle is now part of

Our very first Meddle took place at the 15th-Century estate, Temple Guiting Manor, in the beautiful Cotswolds. We worked on a new way to help people get their personal ‘passion projects’ off the ground.

Katie Tharp, set designer; Eugene Mirman, comedian.

Some pretty wonderful people attended.

Anil Dash

Entrepreneur, writer and geek. Founder of Activate and ThinkUp. Board, NY Tech Meetup.

Jessica Hische

Letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth.

Eugene Mirman

Comedian. Gene on Bob’s Burgers. Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, Star Talk Radio.

Sarah Parmenter

Designer. Founder, You Know Who Design Studio. Co-host, The Happy Monday Podcast.

Deroy Peraza

Co-Founder & Creative Director of Hyperakt. Creator of The Champions Ring and Let’s Swap.

Mike Reed

Middle Meddler. Copywriter. Foreman, D&AD Writing for Design Awards. Sketch artist.

Pete Forde

Tech strategy consigliere. Founder of Unspace and BuzzData. Itinerant analog photographer.

Trevor Cain

Restorer of vintage dolls houses. Dolls house designer for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation anniversary.

Kathryn Rotondo

Interactive designer and developer, crafter, and songbird. Curator of Equalitism.


Steve Emmons

Gordon communications master trainer. Facilitator. International business consultant.

Ann Holm

Facilitator. MBTI master practitioner. Step III specialist. Certified ICF coach.

Jenny Theolin

Creative Director. Founder, Soapbox & Sons. Dyed-in-the-wool LOLCAT Exhibishunist.

Daniel Bull

Brand designer, Meddle. Founder of the Observatory design agency. Leicester lover.

Aidan Hornsby

Filmmaker. Graphic designer. Enthusiast photographer. Ready collaborator.

Joseph Brett

Filmmaker. Founder of End of the Road Films. Director of Little Tibet. Forest dweller.

Andrew Webb

Photographer, retoucher. Capturer of rocks, trees, people, old rusty junk, whatever.

Cali Rivera

Private Chef. Veteran of Prune and Gramercy Tavern. Specialist in French cuisine.

Abigail Shaw

Chief Muse and Tweetmistress at Meddle. Writer, reader, weightlifter. F1, football, fashion.

Peggy Seymour

Portrait artist and jewellery designer. Believer in castles and seas full of magical creatures.

I’m shooting to have the next Meddle this summer, 2014.

If you’d like to join us, ring me.