Day 9: Good partnerships

Good partnerships take time, energy and honesty. Partnerships can go horribly wrong but when they work the results are worth it. We are seeing this time and time again, particularly with our recent work for MacMillan Cancer Care with Social Value Lab.  We know we can't achieve the impact we want alone so partnerships are really important to us - we've learned a lot from folks like 100% Open and Cassie on what meaningful partnerships look and feel like.

What do you think are the key ingredients to a good partnership?


Listen and learn

A video introducing Futurelab's Learner's Charter, in which students themselves describe what they want their education system to be like to help them reach their full potential. picture-10

This is fantastic yet so very simple. Definitely worth a watch for those who care about listening to people and our education system.

"I want teachers that treat us an individuals and has no sense of prejudice about them."

Smarty Card. Learn to get stuff

Smarty Card was launched on Tuesday and it is both persuasive and worrying. The well-crafted site is aimed mainly at third to sixth graders, selling fun and colourful learning activities. It adds an element of incentive by rewarding success with points the kids can use to purchase virtual or real merchandise. This incentive is what makes this new service unsettling.


The service offers educational activities that kids complete on the basis of receiving tangible goods, such as DVDs, Nintendo Wii games or Star Wars toys.

Where is the sense of pride in learning?  Surely, it is wrong to teach our children that success translates into acquiring more stuff!!

Via Broadeep

Fertile Mind

Are schools stifling creativity? Sir Ken Robinson tells Jessica Shepherd why learning should be good for the soul. sir-ken-robinson-0011

"All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think," he says. "Most students never get to explore the full range of their abilities and interests ... Education is the system that's supposed to develop our natural abilities and enable us to make our way in the world. Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn."

"The entire notion of "subjects" needs to be questioned, he says. "The idea of separate subjects that have nothing in common offends the principle of dynamism. School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines ... which makes possible a fluid and dynamic curriculum that is interdisciplinary."