UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Access to knowledge and inequality

30 May 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Access to knowledge and inequality

With quintillions of bytes of data created each day, who are the arbiters of knowledge? How do public institutions facilitate access for everyone and harness its power for innovation? Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, chairs this discussion with leading expert Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of Collaborate CIC and Co-founder of visionable, and Madeleine Gabriel, head of inclusive innovation at Nesta.

This event is free.

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Knowledge Centre
British Library
96 Euston Road
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This event, in partnership with the British Library, is part of the Innovation and the Welfare State series, a dynamic new lecture series that explores how we can deliver public value through innovation. The series brings world-leading thinkers to debate how we can rethink healthcare, green growth, public access to knowledge and new forms of data ownership as part of the 21st-century welfare state.

We will be live-streaming this event via our Facebook page. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for this event, please contact iippcomms@ucl.ac.uk.

About the Speakers

Lord Victor Adebowale

CEO at Turning Point

Lord Victor Adebowale is Chair of Collaborate CIC, Co-founder of visionable and CEO of Turning Point. Victor has a long track record as a leader in a number of challenging areas of public policy as a manager, an advisor to government and a campaigner in areas of housing, health and social care, youth policy, criminal justice and public service reform. He was awarded a CBE in 1997 for services to homelessness and youth unemployment.

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Madeleine Gabriel

Head of Inclusive Innovation at Nesta

Madeleine Gabriel is head of inclusive innovation at Nesta. Her work asks who benefits from innovation and explores how policies and institutions can be designed so that its risks and rewards are more equally shared. Her recent research makes the case for innovation-led economies to be radically ‘democratised’ so that many more people can shape and benefit from them. She is also a leading voice in the social innovation movement, working with partners across Europe to campaign for a stronger social purpose within EU innovation policy and programming.

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Roly Keating

Chief Executive at British Library

This event is chaired by British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating. In 2015, Roly oversaw the creation of Living Knowledge, a vision for the Library’s public purpose in a rapidly changing world. He leads the Library’s response to the challenges of maintaining a national research collection in a digital age, of driving knowledge creation and innovation in a dynamic economy, and of creating inspirational and enjoyable cultural and learning experiences for all.

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