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David Dickinson

founding associate
David Dickinson
email: david.dickinson @ unlikeminds.co.uk
phone: 07810 862 362
skype: davidickinson


David was one of the four co-founders of Unlike Minds Ltd in 2008. He has built a reputation on depth of understanding and breadth of experience in the fields of information engagement, technology-supported learning and related heutagogy. He has experience of advising internationally at ministerial and board level as well as supporting grass-roots programmes.


Vision and strategy development; facilitating and guiding innovation, presenting and communicating, experienced educator, creative and constructive thinking catalyst, designer, network integrator, programme manager, researcher, social innovator.


2007 Established Unlike Minds
1996 2007 education lead, International Computers Limited (ICL) becoming Fujitsu in 2001
1994 1996 the first national support director of the Technology Colleges programme (DfES)
1992 1994 national development role for the Department of Employment (DoE)
1991 1992 freelance consultant (UK, Germany and USA)
1988 1991 curriculum research and development, Design and Industry Project, Birmingham
1976 1988 teacher and advisor in inner-city Manchester
1969 1975 design engineer working in the aerospace industry

Company Directorships

  • Unlike Minds Ltd
  • Learning Chreod Ltd
  • Cloud Relevance Ltd

Clients and links to testimonials

  • The Monastery Foundation, Manchester
  • Cisco
  • The Edward de Bono Foundation
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Parent Pupil Partnership
  • Finance and Education Services Ltd
  • AQA
  • Celltek

Pro bono involvements

David serves on a number of boards and committees. Currently these include:

  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Social Enterprise Council
  • the Edward de Bono Foundation UK
  • Gorton Monastery
  • Greater Manchester UN Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, advisory council

Major projects

Digital Navigation

Together with Unlike Mind co-founder David Oliver, David continues to work on concepts and software to support digital navigation. While some of this must remain confidential, white papers and presentations can be found in the projects section.

Papers and presentations

David Dickinson (2010) Presentation to EC Future Internet programme “Paradiso” (short for “major societal PARADigm shift and the future Information SOciety”) EC, Brussels. This presentation provides a helpful overview of Unlike Minds and our aspirations.
David Dickinson (2011) “The role of technologies in self-assessment: holistic career” Presentation to the Northern Grid for Learning on behalf of Cisco.
David Dickinson (2000) “Toward an andragogy for living in an information society” in Stephenson J (2001) Teaching and Learning Online: Pedagogies for new technologies. Kogan Page London

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