The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)

There is a sequence in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man where the protagonist is repeatedly chastised by Brother Jack, leader of pseudo-Marxist organisation the Brotherhood, for inflaming what is termed "Negro sentiment". He is reminded that to be successful, they have to be colour-blind even if that means knowingly retarding the economic and social welfare of African Americans … Continue reading The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)

Why I’m supporting the Race Equality Charter

It might seem a bit like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic to speak about the kinds of campaigns I'm supporting this year given the wider, perhaps cataclysmic challenges facing UK higher education from the fallout to Brexit and the likely passing of the HE Bill. Despite that, it's important not to lose sight of the … Continue reading Why I’m supporting the Race Equality Charter

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

Universities and Brexit: a test of our resilience & values

I'm fortunate enough to live close enough to my university to cycle there.  Come Monday, the first day I was at work after the referendum, I found myself racing through the streets and along the park paths, suspiciously eyeing everyone I passed, desperate to reach the safe ground of my campus. It felt like a Remain bunker in a … Continue reading Universities and Brexit: a test of our resilience & values

Taking our country back – to the 1980s

Let's not mince words. Thursday's vote was both cataclysmic and catastrophic for the UK. Paul Krugman doesn't think the economic fallout will be as bad as some fear, but the political consequences might be severe. He doesn't consider the incalculable social damage which is already being wrought. I grew up  in a predominantly white British city in … Continue reading Taking our country back – to the 1980s