Charles Leadbeater on Radical Innovation in Education

September 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

By Peter Baeck

I’ve just watched this short but very interesting talk on ted tv by Charles Leadbeater on radical innovation in education. In many ways Leadbeater  takes the same approach to learning about radical innovation as Innovation Unit have done in our research for Radical Efficiency, but where we in Radical Efficiency tried to cover all aspects of innovation in public services, Leadbeater focuses solely on education and thereby manages to go in to much more detail on radical innovation in this field.

The key conclusion from Leadbeaters research is that ‘motivation is key‘ and education should be about push not pull, and as he proves through his many excellent case studies this can be done.

To me,  Leadbeaters findings prove that you can build public services that begin with the quality of peoples lives not the quality of your services’ which is one of our five recommendations in Radical Efficiency. (if you are interested in the other our, read the full report here). You can read Charles Leadbeaters white paper ‘Learning From the Extremes’ here, where he goes in much more depth and detail.

As always we are interested in hearing about your thoughts on how public services can be redesigned and even better, if you have examples of people already doing this.


Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Innovation Worldwide, Public Services, Radical Efficiency, Social Innnovation.

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