Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013
How has the past quarter been for you?
In July I felt I reached a pivotal moment in my Fellowship journey. More than just a half-way stage, I knew that I had completed a number of key Fellowship milestones and I began to set my sights on transition into 2014.
It was a a busy quarter which included: a trip to Boston Massachusetts for a professional programme at MIT and immersion into its lab ecosystem; completion of data collection for my research project (having travelled to ten locations across England including Liverpool, Bradford and Dorset) and the beginning of my write up; the completion of a piece of training on networking and presentation skills and the beginning of my first (of two) secondments with the CBI.
How has your leadership had an impact on others?
It has impacted in a number of ways. Following the success of my social media/tech training, which I delivered to Clore Social Fellows at the June residential, I was asked to replicate my session by Jack Graham to his YearHere Fellows. My broadening perspective and knowledge of the digital tech space has led to me co-authoring the Children’s Museum London’s digital strategy. I have also successfully connected a former Clore Social intern, Jo Taylor, to colleagues at Bethnal Green Ventures, a social investment accelerator programme for people who have good ideas which can change the world using technology. Jo has developed an education tech startup and now may receive funding and support from BGV.
Tell us a lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship programme
Genuine innovation is not improving on something that already exists, it’s having the courage to creatively disrupt and challenge the status quo (the word innovation is overused and over applied and I now know when to challenge it).
Secondly, technology and start up ecosystems provide valuable lessons in how to engineer change through rapid prototyping. The social sector needs to learn from this ecosystem.
How have other Fellows helped you?
I have somehow established myself as a technological futurist amongst my fellow Fellows. This is far from the truth! It has been interesting to reflect on how I have, at various stages, drawn on the skills of the entire cohort over the year and I believe we have all offered each other support in many different ways.
Sinem is a fantastic facilitator and coach. During the autumn residential she eloquently described our walk and talk as a dance. She drew out my ideas and knew when to ask questions and when to listen. She has a unique ability to support people.
How has the Clore Social Fellowship changed you?
A Clore Social Fellowship is a journey into an immersive and supportive world of leadership growth. The experience, my learning and my development is beginning to fall into place. As I look ahead, I am starting to fully harness the power of the Fellowship. I am reflecting on the impact it has had on me and the impact it will have on the social sector in the future.
Current principal role: Director of Experience and Learning
Current principal organisation: The Institute of Imagination
Other leadership role 1: Founder
Other organisation 1: Pop up Parks
Research: Flight: Teacher networks in the sharing economy
Research topics: Education; Technology;
Secondment host: The CBI
Secondment host 2: The Innovation Unit