BLOG TAKEOVER: 2017 Speaker Matthew Manos, verynice

The Collective sat down with 2017 Speaker Matthew Manos, the Founder of verynice, a design strategy consultancy that works with non-profits, businesses, and governments. 

Read on to get introduced to this speaker and learn why he's pumped to be involved with The Collective. Below, Matthew shares more about his career, his ethos for business, and more about what inspires him. 


Matthew, can you please give us a  brief overview of who you are, and what you do or are passionate about?

My name is Matthew Manos - I'm the Founder and Managing Director of verynice, a design strategy consultancy that works with non-profits, businesses, and governments. We're most well known for our commitment to pro-bono, and strive to be the most generous design consultancy on the planet. To-date, we've been able to gift over $6,500,000 worth of services to 450+ non-profits across the globe. I'm passionate about finding new ways to share knowledge, create sustainable impact, and shift perspectives on what a business' social responsibility can be.

Why are you excited about The Collective and why did you want to be part of it?

A passion of mine is getting to know the interests and aspirations of communities by way of facilitating workshops that are centered around ideation. What's so unique about the Collective is that it provides a space in which people from across the globe can come together to learn. I'm all about that.

What you can't wait to get out of the event, and/or what you can't wait to give to the participants?

I feel lucky that I've been able to work with hundreds of communities over the years in order to introduce them to various design strategy methodologies through our workshops like Models of Impact. For me, it is always refreshing to see what new things can emerge from a workshop - it is entirely dependent on the people in the room.

How you feel about "community over competition"?

I'm a proponent of collaboration over competition. In 2012, verynice open-sourced our give-half business model to do just that. People thought we were crazy to reveal all of our secrets, but to be honest it didn't make any sense to keep it to ourselves. If you're aim in life is to make an impact, or leave a legacy, you'll quickly come to learn you can't do that on your own. Replication and inspiration is one of the most incredible forms of growth. Constantly obsessing over competition is a great way to make a lot of money for yourself, but beyond that, what's the point? In my mind, sharing resources and impacting lives is the most important thing someone can do with their life.

Who are the top people that have inspired you and why?

My parents remain an inspiration to me. I was also very inspired by Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank.


Don't forget to register to meet Matthew in person at The Collective this fall!

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