The mind behind the investing in others for sustainable futures

Day 4 of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 and the second Emergent Thinkers.com special edition ‘mind behind’ interview’ supporting the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society’s celebrations. I met Kay Luan, in his capacity of Vice Chancellor of the International University of Malaya-Wales, at the UWTSD’s Nexus teaching conference in Wales in the summer of 2019, and was blown …

The mind behind Women in Enterprise in Wales

Day 2 of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 and the first of my Emergent Thinkers.com special edition ‘mind behind’ interviews’ supporting the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society’s celebrations. Bev Pold, QAEP, is an experienced practitioner in the field of enterprise, social enterprise, gender equality, and rural development and community. Bev has been and continues to be instrumental in ensuring that …

The Lost Pirate Kingdom – behind the scenes with ‘the mind behind 21c pirate rebellion’

In line with Netflix’s release of ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ 15th March, featuring the ‘Be More Pirate’ Sam Conniff Allende, who recruited me at the Urban Foundry 51.6 event [21st century pirate: the rebel with a cause]…. I share the ‘mind behind 21c rebellion’ interview… My interview with Sam Conniff Allende. Social Entrepreneur. Innovator. Disruptor. …

The mind behind kindness and support in entrepreneurship

Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins has worked for forty years in the field of leadership and management development. Her key roles have been threefold: building networks (she was the first woman appointed as Director-General of the European Foundation for Management Development); leading the growth of Executive Education (at London Business School, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford …

The mind behind entrepreneurial mindset education

Professor David A. Kirby, Holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, is one of the UK’s founding fathers of Entrepreneurship Education (EE). His interest in EE started in the early 1980s at the University of Wales. He was appointed to the UK’s first Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Durham in 1989. Before …

The mind behind curious & reflective entrepreneurship

Dr Kelly Smith, currently based at the Birmingham Business School, is an influential enterprise and entrepreneurship educator with a strong portfolio of graduate venture creation. Here I spend time with one of the key architects of Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Educator networks in the UK. Contributing to education research and national policy development, Kelly works to …

The mind behind pragmatic and innovative entrepreneurship

An interview with Dr Simon Brown. From security hologram innovation, pioneering education research and practice, to high impact roles shaping the academic, graduate and business enterprise landscape, Dr Simon Brown is a leading figure in enterprise and entrepreneurship business incubation and education in the UK. You have a multi-sector background Simon, which includes the study …

The mind behind authentic entrepreneurship

Multiple-award winning educator and author, Dr Colin Jones is committed to the development of authentic and transformative entrepreneurship and enterprise education. Here I gather Colin’s reflections on entrepreneurial education, and garner insight into how his personal journey shapes his students’ authentic learning environments. On Entrepreneurial Education What do you say to those who argue entrepreneurship …

The mind behind harnessing technology for learning

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Here I interview the global educator, author, edublogger, and disrupter activist whose work on technology-enabled learning attracts millions of followers. You have a rich career path Steve, from artist and musician, psychologist and lecturer, to …

The mind behind ‘Socelor’: home to ‘learning how to think’

Emergent Thinkers 5 minute Spotlight: with Dr. Jesse Martin, the mind behind ‘Socelor’ – the digital home to ‘learning how to ‘think’ 1. Jesse, congratulations on the relaunch of Socelor’s website https://socelor.com, an accumulation of a two-decade mission to unlock thinking for the masses, where did it all begin? Socelor was birthed from the collision …

Principles of Harmonious Entrepreneurship MOOC

As co-founder of the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society, alongside Professor David A. Kirby, I am really proud to share that we have just this morning launched the first iteration of our foundation level online course ‘Principles of Harmonious Entrepreneurship’ at the 15th Enterprise Educators UK International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference at Aston University. Part-funded by Enterprise Educators UK’s …

The Uncertainty Experts: turning uncertainty into opportunity

From fear to resilience in the face of uncertainty If Sam Conniff and Alex Barker are involved, I know that’s there’s good trouble and positive discomfort ahead…which is why my Pirate self-jumped at the opportunity to further explore dealing with fear, change and uncertainty!. ‘The Uncertainty Experts‘ – has been created up by multi-talented author, …

Emergent Thinkers 2020 reflections

2020 is the year coined as ‘one to forget but all will remember’ – challenge, distress, grief and pressure, alongside resilience, adaptability, compassion and dedication.As Christmas day draws nearer, I reflect on the key themes of the second round of seasons of ‘Emergent Thinkers.com’ – change agency, sustainability, entrepreneurship & philosophical thinking, with a portion …

New visuals for Emergent Thinkers 2nd birthday

Excited to reveal a new ‘site banner and logo’ to celebrate Emergent Thinkers.com’s 2nd birthday! There’s been quite a lot to share over these last couple of years, from vlogging to pirate voice, and entrepreneurial, sustainability and phenomenological endeavours. I have also had the privilege to share in-depth conversations with many amazing, accomplished individuals in …

In celebration of ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’

Today is ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’. My name is Felicity, and I’ve been a pirate for 531 days. Evocative memories of the evening I claimed this mantle firmly cemented. A potent mix of shared values, a collective consciousness of grievances, powerful stories shared by author, social entrepreneur and inspirator, Sam Conniff Allende, and …

Pirates in Education: championing challenge & innovation

I stand proud as a ‘Pirate in Education’, pledged to facilitate ‘positive disruption’ in the education system.  Embracing a shared vision with other ‘rebel’ educators and parents, I commit to shape an education system that maximises the innovative potential of all learners; one purposed to social, cultural, environmental and economic value creation. Subscribed to the …

EntreComp: the tool of choice for resilient VUCA*-proof change agents

2020. The time has come to ditch broken paradigms, and unleash the power of 21st century ‘EntreComp’ skilled change agents. As global citizens, we live with constant change and challenge. Issues seeded from an era of unrestrained greed and competition, and an over-zealous drive for growth. All against the backdrop of rising populations, depleting resources, …

I’ll do my thinking with a spot of ginger and bacon!

As a founding figure of ‘positivism’, Francis Bacon is very well-known for his promotion of the scientific method. This contrasts with my own researcher position as a phenomenologist. Subscribing to the belief that knowledge is obtained through both experience and observation, I adopt the view “science is useful for understanding many things, but not literally …

My 12 ’emergent’ themes for yuletide

Beginning with the Winter Solstice celebration this Sunday, then enveloping Christmas, Yuletide starts with a celebration of the lengthening amount of light we experience in the day. This provides a welcome moment to reflect on the first four seasons of ‘Emergent Thinkers.com’. A chance to illuminate the themes that have emerged over the year. Rebellion …

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Based in South Wales, UK, Emergent Thinkers.com ®. is a reflective blog to support my doctoral research on concepts and practices that support the Future of Education, Work, Sustainability and Global Citizenship. My goal is to respond to the needs and challenges of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), where human and technology are aligned to …

Published

Published content by other parties and academic/research institutions In the press: Western Mail. GEW Week 2021 Workshop at the first International Academic Conference 2021 (IAC2021), Malaysia ‘Entrepreneurial Learning supported by EntreCompEdu to enhance pedagogy and practice in Malaysian Higher Education’, 28th October 2021. https://iumw.edu.my/iac2021-overview/ ‘EntrecompEdu: a framework for on-line training for developing entrepreneurial educators‘, Yrittäjyyskasvatuspäivät …

Embracing sandcastles: rekindling Imagination

Imagination, the engine of my creativity Ian Van Dahl’s millennium classic ‘Castles in the Sky’ conjures strong memories of my youth. Interpreting the lyrics as dreams of visionary projects or the impossible, few can deny the deep neural connections between music and imagination (Kaufman, 2000; Fries, 2009) or memory (Samson & Baird, 2013; Bergland, 2013). …

Educators facilitate ‘value creation’ through the SDGs

Yesterday I had the good fortune to lead an educator-centric multi-country webinar on three of my favorite themes: change agency, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Invited to contribute to an EntreCompEdu café webinar series, I detailed the why, the how, and the what next for educators ‘Creating value through the Sustainable Development Goals’. Important when embarking upon …

Public displays of EV: reimagining a healthier future

Recently, a quote of unknown source was shared with me: “The mother whipped off her cape, held her hands in the air, and said ‘I’m struggling this time’. The other mothers breathed a sigh of relief, ripped their capes off and said ‘me too’, and they knew they were not alone“ ‘Vulnerability’ is not new …

SIEF webinar #2: Re-designing entrepreneurial learning around problems and issues

Learning Reframed? On the October 23rd, the topic of the second Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum (SIEF) webinar was the need for entrepreneurial learning to focus on problems and issues. Moderated by Professor Andrew Atherton, Global Director of Transnational Education, Navitas, the international panel included: • Professor Suzi Jarvis, Founding Director, UCD Innovation Academy, University …

Addressing elitism, exclusion, prejudice, greed and despair in 2020

We are subsumed by challenge and change, at micro, meso and macro level. The implications and the importance amplified by our tumultuous political, economic, and social landscape. There are transitions in world leadership, and newly mobilised and channelled energies. Voices of the disenfranchised and disaffected grow louder. Enforced covid-related adjustments to daily and seasonal routines …

In celebration of ‘Pathic Writing’: a personal journey

It is ‘National Book Lovers Day’, deliciously coinciding with my wonderful in-depth conversation with Kevin Watson of ‘My Own Coach Ltd’. Recently, Kevin had invited his network to engage in his upcoming podcast series ‘Words Matter’. An invitation for a one-to-one to discuss quotes, poems or book passages that have inspired, changed one’s thinking or …

A COVID-19 driven paradigm shift: ‘disrupting Porter’s Forces’

Through a COVID-19-context lens, it is possible to glimpse the formation of a new economic order. While for some COVID was a ‘known unknown’ and referred by some as a black elephant (Kemp, 2020), the pandemic has been the Neoliberal’s Black Swan (Taleb, 2008), an object lesson in complexity. A difficult situation has unfolded, and …

Digitally Expressed: Winning Social Campaigns

Following ‘Judge it! A book by its cover‘ last October, I embraced another invitation to work with the Faculty of Communications, Arts & Media (FCAM) at the International University of Malaya-Wales. This time, my task was to review, reflect and feedback on an extensive collection of digital campaigns about various social issues, to shortlist a …

WCOL2019: the power of voice and story unveiled [repost]

An abridged re-post from earlier in the summer when I marked one year to the day I last held my father’s [an Irish-man] hand. Reflections on loss that triggered a deeper reflexive insight, on being, life perspective, and identity, including that of a ‘researcher’. Feelings resurfaced, as I make an emotional return journey to Ireland. …

World Teachers’ Day 2019

Saturday (5th Oct) is World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teacher Day. Established in 1994, it celebrates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, to “acknowledge, evaluate and enhance the instructors of the world” and to “consider the issues identified with educators and the teaching process in general”. Over …

Embracing sandcastles: rekindling Imagination

Imagination, the engine of my creativity Ian Van Dahl’s millennium classic ‘Castles in the Sky’ conjures strong memories of my youth. Interpreting the lyrics as dreams of visionary projects or the impossible, few can deny the deep neural connections between music and imagination (Kaufman, 2000; Fries, 2009) or memory (Samson & Baird, 2013; Bergland, 2013). …

Statistics in the dock

Statistics have been manipulated since time immemorial. Today, in a business context alone, whether its research to advance management knowledge or address policy concerns, or bad statistics feeding Fake News or political campaigns, data is employed for high impact.