Ewan McIntosh on Design Thinking, Creativity and Mindset – PP61

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

It was great to speak to Ewan McIntosh from the enigmatically-named NoTosh global consultancy this week.

Ewan didn’t want to be a teacher and went as far as joining the army to avoid his family tradition of entering education. However, he ended up teaching in France for a time and found he really enjoyed the process of switching learners on. In the early 90s, teaching was a difficult profession to be in, financially, so Ewan considered creating some kind of online business instead but, after the McCrone report made changes to teachers’ salaries and conditions in Scotland he returned there and started engaging learners through the new tools of social media. His school was the first in Europe to start podcasting and they also blogged extensively.  In those days he had to have students hand-coding xml files in order to get the podcast episodes into itunes – how things have changed!

Ewan McIntoshOn the back of creating large partnerships of schools, the Scottish Government asked Ewan to come and lead some projects for them. These were initially very successful but, when he tried to spread the practice to other local authorities, he ran into many cultural problems which made the adoption of the projects impossible.

This experience prompted Ewan to leave education and he found himself working for Channel 4, developing digital products. This showed him what it meant to be really creative and he wondered why we weren’t teaching to children the fact that it was possible to be creative and still do really well.

So as a result, Ewan created NoTosh to work with anyone in education or the creative industries. It’s all about showing how people can create a much brighter future for their employees or their learners.

The original idea behind NoTosh was to work with creative businesses and then bring that learning back into schools, blended with relevant research. The aim was to show that creative and academic goals could live side by side and complement each other.

Find Ewan and NoTosh on Twitter – @NoTosh @ewanmcintosh

Check out the book – How to Come Up With New Ideas And Actually Make Them Happen

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