Why your 8 a night is as important as your 5 a day

A rather jolly colleague of mine was recently recounting a moment, not long ago, when his nose started to bleed. As we listened with faint horror, he described how he had been awake for 48 hours with no sleep to meet a number of clustering deadlines. When we responded with alarm, he dismissed the nose … Continue reading Why your 8 a night is as important as your 5 a day

The 5% rule: why universities need to show it some love

It was about this time 16 years ago that I returned to my room at the University of Warwick.  I had just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe festival (my first time, the beginning of a love affair with the city) and found, to my pleasant surprise, two letters pushed under my door. One was from the Arts … Continue reading The 5% rule: why universities need to show it some love

What’s the point of teaching social entrepreneurship?

This article appears in The Pioneer's Post https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20170519/what-s-the-point-of-teaching-social-entrepreneurship Teaching social entrepreneurship makes its mark, no matter the field of work the student eventually goes into Universities are caught in a seemingly irreconcilable contradiction. On one hand, successive governments have insisted that they have to work more closely with industry, producing graduates who can seamlessly fit … Continue reading What’s the point of teaching social entrepreneurship?

UKISEEN: the next episode

I've wanted to get a Dr Dre reference into a blogpost for about a decade, and there I've gone and done it. Booya! If someone had told me five years ago, when I first waded into the murky world of social entrepreneurship education, that I'd be welcoming 30 institutions (mainly from a small geographical belt in … Continue reading UKISEEN: the next episode

The challenge of preparing students for Brexit Britain

Last week we received our 2016-2017 student cohort and the cliche of students getting younger every year held steadfastly true. More than anything else,though, it struck that these would be our first Brexit cohort, and that's how I would inevitably remember them. It pained me to think of the Britain these students will be striding out to … Continue reading The challenge of preparing students for Brexit Britain

3 lessons from Spark India 2016: badges, growth mindsets and wolves

It's unsurprising that the things we fight hardest for mean the most to us. For four years I harboured the dream of bringing students to Mumbai to learn from the city and its social innovators. We finally delivered the Spark India 2016 camp in Mumbai this year, and with a greater emphasis on leadership development … Continue reading 3 lessons from Spark India 2016: badges, growth mindsets and wolves