Founder & CEO, NoTosh
“At Channel 4, I became fascinated by the strategies and tactics that my creative colleagues used to create imaginative and truly engaging digital services for young people.”
The passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh, Ewan leads client projects around the world and is a pioneer of design thinking for learning in the classroom. A highly-regarded keynote speaker and host, he marries intense preparatory work, dynamic presentation skills and a natural capacity to listen, shining a light on the best stories that delegates and participants have to share.
As a high school teacher of French and German in Scotland, Ewan began to look for new ways to help his students engage with his subject. With a strong belief that technology was both critical to this, and underused in the classroom, his classes became among the first in Europe to podcast and blog as part of their daily learning.
Ewan then took his transformative ideas around Scotland for three years, as the National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government, before joining Channel 4 as their Digital Commissioner in 2008. A step in a different direction perhaps, but one that led to him taking creative insights from the media world into the education world. And that’s how NoTosh came about.
Innovation is born from a desire to create change for the better. And, yet, too often people give up on their most ambitious ideas for change. What does it take to turn a dream into a promise, and to keep it? In this keynote, Ewan will share lessons from undertaking more strategy in a year than most directors get to do in a lifetime, through hundreds of strategic planning projects across 72 countries. What is strategy, really, and how can anyone create a meaningful strategy that gets a whole community engaged and excited about their future? One clue: it’s got nothing to do with planning.