Why I love meeting innovators - lessons from the convening of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge cities

Lizzie Insall
Friday, 23 October 2015 - 10:23am

The buzz of energy is ever present in a room full of innovators. It fills me with a sense of excitement, particularly when those innovators work in Government.

I was reminded of that once again this week when we held a second convening of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge cities. We had representation from 12 European cities, and 2 guest cities from the US. From tackling social isolation amongst the elderly to creating meaningful ways for community activism to feed into city government decision making, and further along...

Six things the Great British Bake Off has taught me about project-based learning. No really...

Lou Thomas
Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 10:46am

Last night saw the final the Great British Bake Off - the BBC baking competition that we’ve all come to love and obsess over. We’ve all confessed here in the Innovation Unit office that we cried. Lots. It’s been an emotional investment….don’t judge us.

What I came to realise over the course of the final is that Great British Bake Off is essentially project-based learning, and another version of REAL Projects. Not convinced? Hear me out...

  1. Lines of enquiry. Every week the contestants were given a topic and a brief, and were asked to design signature bakes...

Innovation Unit launches newsletter!

Lou Thomas
Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 12:19pm

Innovation Unit is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new newsletter, issued every 6 weeks for anyone and everyone who is as passionate as us about transforming public services that change peoples’ lives for the better.

Why should you sign up?

Each issue we will share with you a different theme that’s influencing our work and creating impact. This month we shared Storytelling - where readers were able to explore such features as an immersive storytelling tool which draws together ethnography and data from our work on...