I'm a Professor at University College London. My work focuses on how to create, find and implement good ideas. I try to straddle the practical issues of 'how' to act and longer-term questions of strategy and imagination. I work with various national governments, global organisations, NGOs, foundations and businesses. Recently, I've been developing ideas on shared intelligence, wisdom, science policy, social science and systems, with a sideline on imagination and the arts. I have been heavily involved in pandemic responses and help lead the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) focused on COVID-19.
My latest books are - 'Another World is Possible' - on reviving social and political imagination - which came out in the summer of 2022 - and 'Prophets at a Tangent: how art shapes social imagination' published early 2023.
Over the years I have had many roles - as a CEO, social entrepreneur, policy-maker and author, working at different times in civil society, government, technology and academia, and hopefully gaining a good perspective on how the world works and how it can be changed for the better.
This website brings together writings, ideas, videos and other materials. I hope you find it interesting and useful.