In Your Network: Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver FRSA was a teacher for twenty years but now works as a speaker, author and broadcaster, sharing his wisdom and experiences on education, leadership, and human potential. Find out what drives and inspires him:
1) Please give a brief explanation of what it is you do and why?
For twenty years I worked as a teacher and Headteacher in primary education. I now work as a speaker, author and broadcaster, sharing my views and experiences on education, leadership, change and human potential. I get to travel the world, meet extraordinary people and share my passion.
I am also speaking about Leading Change at the RSA on Thursday 27 June, 1pm, after which I will be publishing my new book, Change: Learn to Love It – Learn to Lead It. Find out more on the RSA website.
2) What did you join the Fellowship for?
I was excited by the work of the Opening Minds curriculum and was an early adopter of many of the principles at my school... That lead me to become really interested in the work of the RSA and the networks available through Fellowship.
3) In what capacity do you think you could contribute to society/the Fellowship?
Through sharing my experiences and insights around human potential and in particular the way that different countries are addressing the future of education.
4) What would you change in society given the chance?
Remove education from direct political control!
5) What recent bit of news have you heard which inspires you?
That China has decided to redesign its education system so that it could discover and nurture the next generation of Steve Jobs' by moving away from the intense academic programmes it has been following for many years in order to find space and time for young people to explore their potential.
6) What did you learn last week?
That Steve Wozniak; cofounder and inventor of Apple computers, spent 5 years, after leaving Apple, working as a 7th grade technology teacher in his local state school... How cool would it have been to have Steve teach you technology?!
7) Tell us about another interesting Fellow you have spoken to.
My friend, mentor and professional dad, Sir Ken Robinson who took me under his wing nearly ten years ago and who has helped me to find new directions in my professional life that I never knew were available to me... He has been, without a doubt, the most influential person in my working world.
8) What would you like to connect with Fellows about? Please tell us if there is anything you would like from other Fellows
I am fascinated by the nature of change and in particular, how organisations are developing more organic and sustainable change processes; how they are evolving strong cultures of action research; hearing from Fellows about their experiences in this area would be fantastic... I am also about to start writing my third book about the art of oral communication and would love to hear other people's top tips for speaking in public speaking.