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Ewan McIntosh

MD | NoTosh

Edinburgh, Great Britain

"Put learning at the heart of everything we do"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Creativity & Design

My tags:

Digital MediaEducationEntrepreneurshipEventsMarketingPublishingTechnologyTelevisionTravel

Very good at:
+ seeing things differently from the status quo
+ executing ideas people felt were too big to manage
+ spotting opportunity before the rest

About me & my work:

I help people think differently through helping them learn more effectively, through design thinking lenses, critical and creative thinking skills. I love to see people change mindsets for the job at hand, and play with thinking, instead of seeing it as something 'hard'.

As a French and German teacher in Scottish high schools I relentlessly put technology to work in an effort to engage students, with my high school classes being amongst the first in Europe to podcast and blog. Later, I worked as National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government before changing career tack, and becoming Digital Commissioner for the groundbreaking British broadcaster Channel 4. During my time there, the premise for NoTosh was discovered: the creative people I worked with every day there used certain processes, tactics and strategies to consistently create imaginative, engaging digital services for teens and young adults. On the flip side, educators were being told left, right and centre that creativity was important, but no-one seemed to be explaining how. NoTosh was to give an upfront, no nonsense understanding of how the people in the creative industries are creative, and how it fits with what we know makes great teaching and learning. A key part of this is the idea that those who will flourish in the future are not just those who can solve problems, but those who can find great problems to solve (or opportunities to fill) in the first instance.

We have flourished since late 2009 into one of the world's most innovative education companies, working around 40% with creative industries, and the rest with schools around the globe. I've been advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes, and sat on the ICT Excellence Expert Group advising the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland. We work with entire school districts, country systems and small village primary schools. And, in 2013, we've grown from our base in Scotland to a full-time branch in Melbourne, Australia. We're trying to make a go of the States.

I'm proud of my team and what we have achieved in the worlds of technology, startups and fashion, but, above all, in education and lifelong learning.

My links:

NoTosh Limited | My design thinking, digital and learning firm | My now antique but still useful blog on education and learning (not always the same thing)

My online bookmarks | Anything I've ever found worth of keeping online since 2006.


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