Mr. Charles Leadbeater

Position: Innovation Expert and Associate, NESTA
Country: United Kingdom

Charles Leadbeater is a Fellow of NESTA, the UK innovation agency and Chair of the Nominet Trust, one of the leading social tech investment funds in the world. He is also Chair of CDI Apps for Good, the mobile-based creative learning program. He has worked with governments, cities and companies around the world on innovation and creativity as well as writing several international bestsellers, among them We-Think: The Power of Mass Creativity. His latest book, The Frugal Innovator, was published earlier this year and looks at the rise of low-cost innovation in the developing world. His 2004 report “The Pro Am Revolution”, for the think-tank Demos, was selected by The New York Times as one of the best ideas of the year and his paper “Personalization through Participation” helped start the debate about personalized learning. His TED talks have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, including one on “Learning from the Extremes”, a report he wrote in conjunction with Cisco which looks at novel approaches to educational innovation being pioneered by social entrepreneurs working in slums and favelas in the cities of the developing world. He is the author of the WISE Book, Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2011), and this year's WISE paper on the idea of school as a creative community.