Director at Osca

Rich Wilson

What I do

Rich is a Director of the Osca social impact lab. He is a people power specialist who has worked with hundreds of different organisations, big and small, to help them support people take more control of their lives. His specialism is creating the conditions (such as government policies, funding mechanisms or organisational systems) needed for people power to take root. Rich blogs for the GuardianHuffington Post and on the Osca site.


In 2004, Rich became the founding director of the participation charity Involve. Since then he has been directly involved in the policy making process internationally; writing a number of white papers for the UK government and being the deputy chair of the UK Government ScienceWise Centre, and director of the UK National Resources & Waste Forum. Until 2015 he was a UN Adviser working in the Middle East and has worked for the OECD, BBC, EC, Bupa, the NHS, Cisco and numerous local and national governments around the world.

Rich has written over 100 publications and articles, including Hidden Talent, Anti Hero, Leadership Design, Civic Limits and People and Participation. He is a 2012 Clore Social Fellow and was an associate of the innovation consultancy IDEO.

Rich facilitated the largest conferences of the French and Swedish EU Presidencies; the ECs Digital Agenda Assembly and the Mobile World Congress; each event had over 1,500 delegates. Rich was winner of Best Presenter at the 2014 Market Research Society Awards.