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Ruth Deakin Crick is a Reader in Systems Learning and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. Formerly a music teacher, then a headteacher, she moved into academia after completing her postgraduate training in educational leadership and administration, applied theology and educational policy sociology. She was one of the originators of the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory, a self assessment tool which provides a framework for a coaching conversation about learning, along with Guy Claxton and Patricia Broadfoot. Her research interests includelearning power, enquiry based learning, identity and story in learning, organisational learning and change and the interface between research, policy, practice and enterprise. She is a founding member ViTaL Partnerships and lead researcher on the Paul Hamlyn funded Learning Futures project with the Innovation Unit. She is the Research Director of the Learning Warehouse, an online repository for research led assessment tools, providing feedback for individuals and organisations and data for ongoing research. Ruth is Programme Director for the new MSc in Systems Learning and Leadership which is offered full time and part time from October 2011 at the Graduate School of Education in Bristol.
Simon Buckingham Shum is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, where he is also Associate Director (Technology), and leads the Hypermedia Discourse Group. He brings a human-centered computing perspective to the challenge of building collective intelligence, and the sensemaking capacity that 21st-century scholarship and citizenship require. Following a B.Sc. Psychology, M.Sc. Ergonomics and Ph.D. Human-Computer Interaction, he has worked on learning technology and e-science, with a particular interest in visual hypertext for mapping meetings and argumentation. He co-edited “Visualizing Argumentation” (2003), which brought together leading figures in argument mapping, and “Knowledge Cartography” (2008) expands this. He has received funding for sensemaking projects from diverse sources including AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, JISC, British Council, BP, DARPA, NASA, and the Hewlett Foundation. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Learning Futures Project is currently funding the EnquiryBlogger project with Univ. Bristol. He served as Director of the OU’s SocialLearn Project in 2009, on the Steering Group of the OU’s OpenLearn OER initiative (2006–08), and is currently an investigator on the Open Learning Network Project to build collective intelligence for the OER movement. He is also Chair of Governors at Bushfield School in Milton Keynes.
Chris Goldspink is a Director and the Chief Scientific Officer with Sydney based consulting company Incept Labs. He has seventeen years experience as a consultant to industry and government in the areas of management improvement, organizational change, and public management reform. Formerly he held senior line and staff management positions with the Australian Bureau of Statistics having been responsible for organizational development, marketing and information services and statistical analysis and output. His career has included periods in the academy, including the International Graduate School of Management, University of South Australia and the Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey. He has taught and supervised students in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and throughout South East Asia. Chris maintains an active teaching role in business strategy, leadership, international marketing and organizational change as well as in systems concepts and research methods.
Chris’ research interests concern the applicability of complex systems concepts to understanding social and organizational change. He also has a strong education related research focus. This includes the design and conduct of trans-disciplinary research into trajectories of school change, quality of pedagogy, student engagement and wellbeing and learning outcomes for the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services. In collaboration with Dr Robert Kay, he has developed a method for surfacing individuals and groups deeply held assumptions and worldviews. These have recently been used in the corporate sector to understand risk managers approach to uncertainty and, in collaboration with Sydney University and KPMG, are currently being used to understand what CEOs mean when they advocate innovation.
His published output is diverse, spanning theoretical contributions to understanding processes of social and cognitive emergence and social simulation ontology, through empirical research into governance mechanisms in web 2.0 and on to practitioner pieces on management and leadership, including in education.