Geoff Mulgan

Director, The Young Foundation

About Geoff


Geoff Mulgan is director of the Young Foundation, one of the world’s leading centres for social innovation, social enterprise and public policy, with a 50 year history of creating new organisations in the public, private and non-profit sector, as well as pioneering ideas in fields as varied as ageing, education, healthcare and poverty reduction (for more information see
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the K government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and the China Executive Leadership Academy, a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He is chairing a Carnegie Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland. He is also a part-time adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Australia, and in 2007 was ‘thinker in residence’ with the government of South Australia. His most recent book is ‘The Art of Public Strategy: mobilising power and knowledge for the common good’’ (Oxford University Press, 2009). Other books include Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Vintage and Harvard Business Press, 1998).

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2009