Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta

Between April 30 and May 3rd, Geoff Mulgan presented to various communities in Toronto. You can view the presentations we captured below.

Short Biography

From 2004-2011 Geoff Mulgan was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.

His recent books include The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).

Business of Aging: Aging in the UK Workforce

Geoff kicked off his Toronto visit with a keynote presentation at the MaRS Business of Aging Summit. UK employers have implemented myriad innovations related to workplace aging. Watch the presentation below to learn about their implications for Canada.

Innovation and Austerity, May 2nd, 2012

One of the highlights of the trip, Geoff Mulgan discusses here innovation in an age of austerity. Where are the leverage points for impact in economies that have been hit hard by the financial crisis? What can Canada learn about how to manage public service restructuring while maintaining innovative capacity? How do we avoid stasis and move ahead with solutions seeking inside and around the public service? Watch the presentation below.

Innovation & Austerity Slideshare

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Geoff Mulgan visits Thorncliffe Park

The Thorncliffe Park is a densely populated, highly diverse, multicultural community. Its physical presence as a multi-unit rental residential neighbourhood began to take shape in the 1960s and 1970s. Apartment buildings were being built to house individuals and young families from the “baby boomer” generation, as well as to provide housing for the influx of immigrants who had recently arrived in Canada.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s there was a continued influx of immigrants moving into Thorncliffe Park. Lack of affordable housing resulted in a crisis where many families were force to double-up just to have a place to live. The local public elementary school student numbers also ballooned, resulting in Thorncliffe Park having the largest population of any elementary school in Canada. To accommodate these students, the school required to add 20 portable classrooms.

Traditionally the community has been a transient one. Recently we have seen evidence of people staying longer in the community. It’s a safe, family friendly neighbourhood with good schools, amenities, and institutions like the mosque and the church, ethnic shopping places, and a good level of services.

The Metcalf Foundation invited Geoff Mulgan to Thorncliffe for a tour and discussion with the local community and interested extended community organizations and city builders about how we strengthen local economies in ways that bring real economic benefits to people and places. The discussion was lead by Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and introduced by Sandy Houston, President and CEO of Metcalf Foundation. The session is part of a project sponsored by the Foundation called Resilient Neighbourhood Economies examining how we build the economies in two Toronto neighbourhoods. Metcalf is working with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, the East Scarborough Storefront, the Centre for City Ecology and other partners in this work.

The Metcalf Foundation wrote a short write-up on their site here.

Listen to the discussion below. (Right click the link to download as an .mp3).

Geoff Mulgan presents at Thorncliffe (30 mins)

Discussion following Thorncliffe presentation (40 mins)

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