Ewan leads the development of work with key clients globally, in both the education world and creative industries, and is a keynote speaker on innovation, design thinking and creativity. He writes occasional posts on learning on his blog, edu.blogs.com.
As a French and German teacher in Scottish high schools I relentlessly put technology to work in an effort to engage students, with my high school classes being amongst the first in Europe to podcast and blog. Later, I worked as National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government before changing career tack, and becoming Digital Commissioner for the groundbreaking British broadcaster Channel 4.
During my time there, the premise for NoTosh was discovered: the creative people I worked with every day there used certain processes, tactics and strategies to consistently create imaginative, engaging digital services for teens and young adults. On the flip side, educators were being told left, right and centre that creativity was important, but no-one seemed to be explaining how. NoTosh was to give an upfront, no nonsense understanding of how the people in the creative industries are creative, and how it fits with what we know makes great teaching and learning. A key part of this is the idea that those who will flourish in the future are not just those who can solve problems, but those who can find great problems to solve (or opportunities to fill) in the first instance.
We have flourished since late 2009 into one of the world's most innovative education companies, working around 40% with creative industries, and the rest with schools around the globe. I've been advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes, and sit on the ICT Excellence Expert Group advising the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland. We work with entire school districts, country systems and small village primary schools. And, in 2013, we've grown from our base in Scotland to a full-time branch in Melbourne, Australia.
I'm proud of my team and what we have achieved in the worlds of technology, startups and fashion, but, above all, in education and lifelong learning.