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Charles Leadbeater

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Charles Leadbeater is an Associate of Demos.

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drawn on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

We-think, which is due to be published in 2007, is the latest in a string of acclaimed books: Living on Thin Air, a guide to living and working in the new economy; Up the Down Escalator, an attack on the culture of public pessimism accompanying globalisation and In Search of Work, published in the 1980's, which was one of the first books to predict the rise of more flexible and networked forms of employment.

In 2005 Charles was ranked by Accenture, the management consultancy, as one of the top management thinkers in the world. A past winner of the prestigious David Watt prize for journalism, Charles was profiled by the New York Times in 2004 for generating one of the best ideas of the year, the rise of the activist amateur, outlined in his report The Pro-Am Revolution.

As well as advising a wide range of organisations on innovation including the BBC, Vodafone, Microsoft, Ericsson, Channel Four Television and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Charles has been an ideas generator in his own right. As an associate editor of the Independent he helped Helen Fielding devise Bridget Jones's diary. He wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship, which has since become a global movement.

Charles has worked extensively as a senior adviser to the governments over the past decade, advising the 10 Downing St policy unit, the Department for Trade and Industry and the European Commission on the rise of the knowledge driven economy and the Internet, as well as the government of Shanghai. He is an advisor to the Department for Education's Innovation Unit on future strategies for more networked and personalised approaches to learning and education.

A visiting senior fellow at the British National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, he is also a longstanding senior research associate with the influential London think-tank Demos and a visiting fellow at Oxford University's Said Business School.

Charles spent ten years working for the Financial Times where he was Labour Editor, Industrial Editor and Tokyo Bureau Chief before becoming the paper's Features Editor. In 1994 he moved to the Independent as assistant editor in charge of features and became an independent author and advisor in 1996.

Charles's current research focuses on how mass, user driven innovation is reshaping organisations, with users increasingly co-creators of products and services. He is also exploring the emergence of China, India and Korea as sources of research and innovation, through a two-year, £350,000 research programme, the Atlas of Ideas, funded by the British government and a consortia of companies.

Charles' talks:
Demos Care Conference (mp3) March 21 2007
London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Inaugural lecture (mp3) March 19 2007

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Piece of the Action, A
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Perri 6
Publication Date
1997-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The author argues that employee ownership and equity based pay will be vital to creating the networked, knowledge-creating company of the future.

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Surfing the long wave
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Kate Oakley
Publication Date
2001-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The authors make a series of radical policy proposals – notably that the DTI should be demerged – which are designed to ensure the UK maintains its competiveness in the knowledge economy.

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The Independents
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Kate Oakley
Publication Date
1999-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The authors recommend policy approaches to help provide new cultural entrepreneurs with a firmer base to build upon.

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To our mutual advantage
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Ian Christie
Publication Date
1999-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This book shows how mutuals could form an important part of the twenty-first century economy.

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Civic entrepreneurship
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Sue Goss
Publication Date
1998-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The problem of improving services can be overcome by encouraging entrepreneurship in the public sector to develop innovative solutions to local problems.

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The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
1997-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The report is based on case studies which exemplify the potential of social entrepreneurs to create forms of active welfare which are both cheaper and more effective than the traditional services offered by the welfare state.

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Employee mutual, The
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Stephen Martin
Publication Date
1998-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The authors propose a new labour market institution – the employee mutual – to help give people the ability to cope in today's volatile work environment.

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British spring, The
Authors
Ben Jupp, Charles Leadbeater, George Lawson, Helen Hayes, Helen Wilkinson, Jamie Coulthard, Keith Collins, Mark Leonard, Richard Warner, Rowena Young, Sarah Gregory, Tom Bentley
Publication Date
1997-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Demos’ manifesto argues that after a century of decline, Britain is ready for a new spring, and it offers a plethora of imaginative policy ideas.

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Civic spirit
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
1997-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The author argues that mutuality could be the idea which shapes politics in the years ahead. Mutuality links rights with obligations and balances individualism with membership.

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The Self-policing society
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
1996-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Sets out a number of ways in which society could better deal with crime, including repopulating public spaces and bringing back the police box.

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End of unemployment, The
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Martin Bartle, Liz Bailey, Joanna Wade, James Purnell
Publication Date
1994-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This issue sets out a radical set of solutions to unemployment, covering everything from ‘employability’ to the role of the informal economy.

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Lean democracy
Authors
Andrew Adonis, Charles Leadbeater, Joanna Wade, Liz Bailey, Lisa Barclay, Martin Bartle, Martin Summers
Publication Date
1994-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The issue recommends a series of innovations in demo­cracy, ranging from referendums and citizens’ juries to new uses of communications technology.

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Innovate from Within
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2002-01-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

The Civil Service is caught between the need for incremental improvement of existing services and the creation of new services for a changing society. In order to succeed, this notoriously risk-averse institution must learn to embrace experimentation.

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Overdue
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2003-05-22
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This report sets out a strategy for transforming public libraries and making them central to the life of our communities.

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Personalisation Through Participation
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2004-04-15
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Writer, consultant and government advisor Charles Leadbeater examines the possible impacts of 'personalisation' - a big idea with the potential to transform the public sector.

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Learning About Personalisation
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2004-05-04
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Education has to put the learner at the centre, and personalisation is a powerful tool in making this possible.

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Dream On
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2004-11-01
Publication Type
Pamphlet

Britain is already recognised as having a long-hours work culture which affects people’s well-being. But this report exposes how a combination of long hours and high-pressure jobs is affecting people’s sleep, and creating a vicious circle of tiredness and stress.

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The Pro-Am Revolution
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Paul Miller
Publication Date
2004-11-24
Publication Type
Pamphlet

After the rise of the professional in the 20th century we are now seeing this historic shift reversing in the Pro-Am revolution. Enthusiastic amateurs, pursuing activities to professional standards will have an increasingly important role in our society and economy.

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The Atlas of Ideas
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, James Wilsdon
Publication Date
2007-01-17
Publication Type
Pamphlet

We used to know where new ideas would come from: established universities and corporate research centres in highly developed countries. Think again.

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The Atlas of Ideas - Europe
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, James Wilsdon, Molly Webb, Kirsten Bound, Simon O'Connor
Publication Date
2007-05-10
Publication Type
Pamphlet

We used to know where new ideas would come from: established universities and corporate research centres in highly developed countries. Think again.

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Making It Personal
Authors
Charles Leadbeater, Jamie Bartlett, Niamh Gallagher
Publication Date
2008-01-18
Publication Type
Pamphlet

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Dying for Change
Authors
Jake Garber, Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2010-11-14
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This pamphlet examines how people in the UK die and consequently how pallative care needs to change and be improved.

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16 Days
Authors
Alexis Zorbas, Helen McCarthy, Rachel Briggs, Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2004-06-22
Publication Type
Pamphlet

With the changing nature of global conflict, the idea of the Olympic Truce - a global ceasefire lasting for the duration of the Games - is more relevant than ever.

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The Civic Long Tail
Authors
Charles Leadbeater
Publication Date
2011-09-14
Publication Type
Pamphlet

This thinkpiece explores the consequences of open data for government and policy makers.

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Participative Public Services

Charles Leadbeater, Niamh Gallagher, Jamie Bartlett, Jen Lexmond

The Participative Public Services project will explore how to make participative, person-centred approaches to social care the norm over the next three to five years.

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The Atlas of Ideas

Jack Stilgoe, James Wilsdon, Kirsten Bound, Natalie Day, Molly Webb, Charles Leadbeater

The Atlas of Ideas was a three year programme at Demos, which explored changes in the global geography of science and innovation. Between 2005 and 2008, it published studies of China, India, South Korea and Brazil.

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How Britain Dies

Charles Leadbeater, Jake Garber

This project examines how death can be a less clinical, more personal and more positive experience.

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The shaky marriage of capitalism and virtue | Business | The Observer

"'The main constraint on the market's ability to increase the supply of corporate virtue is the market itself. There is a business case for CSR, but it is much less important or influential than many proponents of civil regulation believe', Vogel Writes. "If companies are serious about responsibility, as Vogel says, they need to do more than go 'beyond compliance' themselves; they need to push governments to raise compliance standards, level up the playing field and eliminate the free riders"

    Feb 27

    Open Source Public Policy

    But you can have projects which are formally open source which do not encourage open source...