Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Owen champions innovation and design methods to radically improve the experience and quality of public and social services.
He currently heads Service Design and Development at Citizens Advice and is a co-founder of Cabinet Office funded start-up, Money Saving Movement, a social venture helping people enjoy healthier personal finance.
Owen joined the Clore Social Leadership Programme with many years of work as a social entrepreneur working with communities and housing associations. His NESTA funded fellowship provided opportunity to deep-dive into the world of social innovation and design, taking him to India, Central St Martins, a summer school with the Royal Designers for Industry, and a secondment with the RSA’s Design Team.
Owen really enjoys the creativity of collaboration and co-authored his research paper “When Bees Meet Trees: how large social sector organisations can help support social innovation”, which has received widespread coverage.
He also piloted the first Social Leadership Games event with other Clore Fellows.
Read Owen's research When bees meet trees
Personal website/ blog: changebrokers.wordpress.com
Current principal role: Service Design and Development Manager
Current principal organisation: Citizens Advice
Other leadership role 1: Entrepreneur
Other organisation 1: Money Saving Movement
Research: When Bees meet Trees: How large social sector organisations can help to scale social innovation
Research topics: Change management; Charity; Social investment;
Secondment host: RSA