Education to Employment 13

Education to Employment 13 I have been involved with some friends under the banner of Learning Unwrapped  in the design of  Education to Employment 13.  This event will explore some of the global challenges around the transition from education to employment, setting them in a Scottish context. We plan to open the event by looking at some of the findings from the McKinsey & Co report on Education to Employment.
75m young people in the so called developed world are out of work yet many employers claim to have vacancies.

Charitable Giving

 UK Charitable Giving 58% of adults with a median donation of £11 per month (NCVO/CAF 2011)

Since joining The Memory Box Network earlier in the year I have been navigating my way through the ways of working of the charitable or third sector and finding it to be a fascinating journey. Although I have gained some private sector experience over the last four years my background is very much in the public sector. I am used to funding that tends to be a combination of.

Dementia: The Statistics

I have been working with Dundee-based technology start-up charity The Memory Box Network since April.  My professional background is in learning rather than healthcare but am really loving working in this new context. Over the last six months I have become increasingly convinced that digital memory boxes for reminiscence therapy (RT) have the potential to make a huge difference to those affected by dementia. The MBN was recently awarded a further £160k from Nominet Trust to take the concept to the next level - so watch this space! The statistics around dementia are absolutely.

Pearson’s Five Things I’ve Learned: Andreas Schleicher


I recently bought the OECD publication 'Education at a Glance 2013' to help with a research/market analysis consultancy commission. As a result I appear to be on another mailing list and received  the OECD's glossy Observer magazine through the post last week. Overall it's a really good read but the article that I enjoyed the most was 'Lessons for Educators' by Andreas Schleicher (which turns out to be his contribution to Pearson's excellent 'The Five Things I've.

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

There has been much controversy recently around how we measure success in the not-for-profit sector. I really like this TED Talk by Dan Pallotta which challenges conventional thinking in this area and suggests that we: focus on the scale of charities dreams rather than the size of their overheads. His argument picks-up five aspects where charities face what he calls 'discrimination' against the expectations and standards we have for the private sector: #1 Compensation Pallotta argues that salaries and bonuses that are associated with 'doing well for yourself' appear to be almost without.

Another look at ‘Good to Great in the Social Sector’

I am in the process of redeveloping my website/blog over the summer and having a look at some of my output over the last 7 years I came across a review from October 2006 of Jim Collins' wonderful monograph 'Good to Great in the Social Sector'. I am doing some work for a start-up tech charity The Memory Box Network and it made me think of how to build a great organisation where greatness is not measured purely in financial terms. Since 2009 I have been self-employed and have built private and 3rd sector experience on.

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Carrots and sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st Century work we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.

The body of evidence to support this new way of looking at the world is growing and for Pink takes the form an ‘operating system’ for a better way of living and working. I am not all surprised by Pink’s argument. What really surprises me is that in 2013 his ideas, and the research that underpins them, have not already achieved the status of common practice and good sense.


Steven Johnson – Where Good Ideas Come From #2

WGICFJust re-read this book and thought it was worth summarising the main points again. As I understand it Johnson's basic argument is that the roots of innovation often go beyond individual moments of inspiration. He identifies seven crucial themes, or environmental conditions, that are closely involved in the processes of innovation. In summary these are: The Adjacent Possible From genetics to YouTube, innovation requires the right environment and the component parts to be available. YouTube required broadband and Flash for an internet video service to be viable and developed in a very short period.