I'm a Professor at University College London. My work focuses on how to create and implement good ideas, from the practicalities of how to act to 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, AI governance and evidence, with a sideline on imagination and the arts. I was heavily involved in pandemic responses and help lead the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO), focusing particularly on net zero and spatial inequality.
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. My next - 'When Science Meets Power' comes out late 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, business 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.