The following is a guest blog from Anna Birney, Head of System Innovation Lab, Forum for the Future.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and successive tragic events in children’s services represent the tip of the iceberg of systems failure. Recommendations from subsequent inquiries amount to no more than doing the wrong thing righter, for example improving inspection and accountability, rather than learning how to do the right thing.
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Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation once said: "Solutions to many of the world's most difficult social problems don't need to be invented. They need only to be found, funded and scaled." She's right.
The House of Lord's Select Committee today declared the UK is "woefully underprepared for an ageing society" and that the NHS will need "radical reform" to cope with the demands of an ageing population in the future. They're not wrong.
The education team here at Nesta believe that children are inherent makers who "bake" pies with mud, share stories with their invisible (and visible) friends, create YouTube videos of their friends dancing to popular songs, and have mastered manipulating tablets and touch screens to draw.
Cooking has become like Hollywood or Rock music, with global stars and fans.
We've been doing a fair amount of work on collective intelligence. It's one of the most fascinating fields of investigation today, looking at what makes groups smart, how to collaborate and how technologies can help us think.
I visited Denmark a few weeks ago as part of the Bruce Lockhart Scholarship piece for the Local Government Challenge.
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