Ideas Alchemy is a small, creative learning and development consultancy based in the south of England run by Ben Mizen. It blends the worlds of smart thinking, coaching conversations, strategic innovation, team development, simple metrics and developing organisational culture with creative play to deliver cutting edge results for clients.
Ideas Alchemy works with businesses, educational organisations and charities that are seeking to develop their people, strategies, plans and programmes. It provides courses, interventions and events that deliver powerful learning insights to teams, organisations and companies through innovative and playful methods such as LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
Ben Mizen has been involved in education and training since starting out as an undergraduate at the College of St. Paul and St Mary in 1989. Initially training and working as a primary class teacher he then moved into informal education and youth work. Working for Youth for Christ, the Anglican Church and The Boys’ Brigade, he designed and delivered therapeutic programmes to meet the needs of young people and training courses to equip leaders.
Between 2005 and 2018 he was an adviser in Youth & Children’s work developing policy, programme and training both regionally and at a nationally. During this time, he further developed his interests in creative teaching methods, disruptive forces, social enterprise, generational theory and coaching. Most notably he experienced the innovative teaching methods and programmes of the Kaospilots in Denmark and trained as a facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials.
In 2018 he founded Ideas Alchemy. He also lectures part-time in the School of Business, Law & Communications at Solent University, where he focuses on enterprise, creativity and innovation.