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Executive Director, Institute of Imagination

strand: TECH, GAMING & AI

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Tom is currently Executive Director at the Institute of Imagination, which champions the power of imagination in learning and designs award winning creative experiences across the arts, sciences and digital technologies for children, schools and families.


He works with a range of stakeholders from companies like Disney and LEGO to teachers and community leaders in local settings.


A social innovator, Tom Doust has spent his 23 year career designing and delivering creative programmes with children, young people, families, schools and communities across the education, design and cultural sectors. He is founder of the social action charity Envision and led a national education school design programme with the Sorrell Foundation.


In 2013 he was a Clore Fellow with Nesta where he explored the power of digital learning and networks across the education spectrum. In 2015 he was winner of the Knee High Design Challenge supported by Guy's and St. Thomas' Innovation Charity, working with the Design Council.


Tom is passionate about the power of imagination and creativity, something he spoke on in his 2018 TEDx talk titled ‘The Art of Mind-Wandering’.

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