Access to Knowledge and Inequality

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Part of Innovation and the Welfare State

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 experts including Google’s Katie O’Donovan and Victor Adebowale, Chair of Collaborate CIC, Co-founder of visionable and CEO of Turning Point.

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.

Madeleine Gabriel is head of inclusive innovation at innovation foundation 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. She and colleagues from Nesta recently collaborated with Brazilian philosopher and politician Roberto Unger on a report called Imagination Unleashed: Democratising the Knowledge Economy, which calls for a radical overhaul of economic institutions to open up the knowledge economy to many more people and places.

Before joining Nesta Madeleine worked for UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, and as an evaluation consultant researching the impact of skills, employment and urban regeneration programmes. Outside work she's vice chair of governors at an all-ages school for children on the autism spectrum. 

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.

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.

This event is delivered in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). IIPP is a department within UCL and part of The Bartlett faculty known internationally for its radical thinking about space, design and sustainability. IIPP’s mission is to change how public value is imagined, practiced and evaluated to tackle societal challenges—and, by doing this, deliver economic growth that is innovation-led, sustainable and inclusive.

Free | Ticket required | Venue opens at 18.00 and entry is subject to room capacity

This event will be live streamed on the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose Facebook page.

In partnership with the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Name: Access to Knowledge and Inequality
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546