Starting conversations that matter
We’re in the prototyping phase of Better Endings and need your help! Join our conversation challenge and help to test a kit that is designed to help you have more meaningful conversations with your loved ones.
Apart of Me
This digital platform helps young people and adults find resilience when someone in their family is dying or has died.
The power of interdependence
The ageing of the baby boomer generation brings both excitement and anxiety. Excitement about how this rebellious generation may change the way we look at older people, and anxiety about the social care support they will need in the future.
Tackling childhood obesity
Innovation Unit to start work on exciting new project to tackle childhood obesity on three of London’s high streets.
IU on the radio
Congratulations to our Service Designer Un-Jeong Ko, whose team won BBC Radio 4’s The Fix with their policy design to encourage people to cut down on excessive drinking.
Come and help us change the world…
We are recruiting to three senior posts that will complete Innovation Unit’s talented and committed leadership team.
We’re hiring! Join us as an IU intern
Innovation Unit is looking for three interns to join the team.
STEM, STEAM, STEMM – does it matter?
What’s in an acronym, and how do ‘brands’ create permission for educational change?
Healthcare professionals need to raise the ‘weight issue’
We all recognise the scale of the obesity problem, and that stigma attached to being overweight makes it difficult for people to ask for support, so why aren’t more health professionals identifying the problem and taking action that can help?
Update on Named Social Worker Pilot
Last year’s pilot scheme shares findings and prepares to roll out further.
Developing innovation with impact
In her second post, Stacey Quince, Principal at Campelltown Performing Arts High School (CPAHS), reflects on the journey her school – and her system – is taking to transform the purpose and nature of learning.
Engaging in work that matters
In the first of two posts, Stacey Quince, Principal at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, reflects on the journey her school is taking to transform the purpose and nature of learning.
What Does it Mean to Thrive?
Innovation Unit CEO Sarah Gillinson shares her response to our recent event ‘Learning to Thrive’
In a changing world, we must find a common vision that unites us.
The Role of Evidence in Scaling Healthcare Innovation
How can we build trust for healthcare innovations that have the potential to change lives for the better?
Learning to Thrive:- Special Event
A special event co-hosted by Innovation Unit, Webb Memorial Trust and Compass to discuss what it means to thrive in a changing world.
Context is King
How can we use EdTech in schools and what does it mean for school design?
The EdTech Litmus Test
What does it really take to reap the promise of technology? 5 experts judge the value and role of technology in education.
Thrive: Schools reinvented for the real challenges we face
Valerie Hannon’s new book, being launched in the UK on 28th June 2017, challenges us all to rethink the fundamental purpose of education for our time.
We are asymmetric: what the election says about what divides us
It is early days, but I think the data will indicate, as in the US, that our divided politics reflects a more culturally divided society.
To team IU: a note about the election result…
Just a very quick note from me before the day gets going to acknowledge the latest seismic event in our elected politics!
Scale and innovation in early years
Sarah Gillinson, asks ‘what can the UK learn from the transformation journey made by Goodstart in Australia?’.
When my dad was dying, they forgot to ask him how he wanted to live
Professionals arrived to do the job they were sent to do – take bloods, give drugs, request a hospital bed at home. They didn’t take the time to understand that what Dad wanted most was to be outside, to feel the sun on his face.
3 Ideas for Fostering
This Foster Care Fortnight, we celebrate three fantastic examples of work happening across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Enough conversation. Let’s do death differently.
It’s Dying Matters Awareness Week: A time when we are all encouraged to talk about death, in the hope that it will help us to ‘die better’ than we would in silence.
Today we launch IU Australia. Time to feel proud.
Today we launch Innovation Unit Australia. On both sides of the world, we are seriously proud and excited to have got to this point.
Innovation Unit spins out Australian organisation
Innovation Unit Australia will offer disciplined approaches to social innovation aimed at tackling the increasing inequality experienced across Australia and further strengthening our international capacity.
How to have a better death
We’ve been talking to patients, their families, doctors and community services in Lambeth & Southwark to see how our health service can better deal with death. Here’s what we found out:
Scale and innovation in early years – roundtable discussion
On Thursday 25th May 2017 we’ll be holding a roundtable event in London for a select group of early years leaders, innovators and experts.
To Intervene or Not to Intervene?
How local authorities can reduce parental conflict to improve outcomes for children.
CCG Innovation Fund wins patient experience award
City and Hackney CCG Innovation Fund wins major patient experience award Innovative commissioning programme celebrated for working directly with local communities to transform health and wellbeing outcomes.
Why relationships are key to good social work
Positive interactions between social workers and families are essential, but too often policies and practices act as a barrier.
Social innovation is a serious business. Seriously.
Social innovators from around the globe came together to explore how social innovation can have even greater positive social impact in the coming decade.
Named social worker — what we’re learning from local authorities
Having a named social worker means having the opportunity to develop relationships that really work.
From Finland to Torbay — 3 Inspirational Mental Health Innovations
Three examples of great innovations that are inspiring and we believe can make a real difference to mental health outcomes for everyone.
Remind me — what is it that you do?
Innovation Unit creates new solutions for thriving societies. To be clear about what this means we need to be clear about the impact we hope and expect to see in the world.
Trapped on site: scaling new practices in Australian schools
We take a closer look at our experience on the ground in Australia in designing and developing school models that are fit for the future, and what we can learn about education around the world.
From Being in Motion to Taking Action
If we agree that we’re facing adaptive challenges, and therefore need new approaches for tackling them, what does this mean for STPs and those who are required to deliver them?
Our Collective Mental Health Is Getting Worse — But Why?
The case for open-mindedness, curiosity and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Better Endings: creating new solutions for end of life care
Everybody deserves great support for themselves and for their families at the end of life. We know that at the moment this doesn’t always happen.
Is the UK in Need of a Micro School Revolution?
Thinking about new solutions for how we ‘do’ education, schools and learning has never been more important, but neither has it been more difficult.
Now more than ever
We’re in the midst of a major, global upheaval of norms and values that we have taken for granted as the aspirations of Western democracies. We must create serious, sustainable impact with and for communities that have been left behind.
Education Endowment Fund report published today
This EEF evaluation is an important contribution to the knowledge base about what it takes to implement new practices in English secondary schools.
Why the UK needs to understand when and how PBL really ‘works’
The truth is that the education sector is still not as close as it would like to be in really understanding when and how Project Based Learning has an impact on student outcomes.
Strong relationships as the golden thread in thriving societies
We all know that relationships matter. We are social beings. Our quality of life, indeed our happiness, is directly related to the degree to which we feel connected to others.
Most Likely to Succeed? Not currently.
What should the future of schooling in England look like and how can we make it happen?
Our Education System Needs More Architects — of School Redesign
To go beyond improvement and begin the process of reimagining and redesigning ‘school’, a certain kind of leadership will be required.
Thriving families need thriving communities
We believe that the Troubled Families programme failed to recognise and respond the important evidence of relationships within communities, as well as families.
Beyond more doctors: new roles & a health system for the future
Delivering high quality care in the future will require radical changes to who is in the workforce and how health services are delivered.
Yes, let’s protect the radical blueprint for the NHS, but…
The NHS cannot deliver transformation alone. It must reach out and work in partnership with patients themselves, and with colleagues in social care, housing, policing, education and beyond to tackle complex challenges.
Social Prescribing: Making it Happen
Social prescribing is a way of linking primary care patients to sources of appropriate, non-clinical support in the community (Kinsella, 2015). This webinar explores how three different models of social prescribing work in practice.
Sarah Gillinson Interviews Paul Miller – Bethnal Green Ventures
An interview with Paul Miller today who leads strategy and partnerships at Bethnal Green Ventures – an accelerator programme for people who want to change the world using technology.
An open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May
Build a better future for all: create great public services that build agency and enable communities to thrive