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“One of the lessons of history is that even the deepest crises can be moments of opportunity. They bring ideas from the margins into the mainstream.”

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Visiting Professor at University College London, the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne.

A globally recognized pioneer in the field of social innovation, Mulgan founded the think tank Demos and served as Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and Director of Policy under Tony Blair. His CV also lists Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown, MP; lecturer in telecommunications; investment executive; and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, University College London, 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, as well as Chair of Involve. He is also currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange.

He has written a number of books including: Communication and Control: networks and the new economies of communicationPolitics in an Anti-Political AgeConnexityGood and Bad Power: the Ideals and Betrayals of GovernmentThe Art of Public Strategy, and The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future.

He tweets @geoffmulgan.