Happy Steve

Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

Hello there, I'm Steve Collis! 

Click on "contact", won't you, and wave right back at me?

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As of November 2016 I am leaving education for a new adventure.

Never say never, I may continue to do some educational work, or get all passionate about it on twitter!

So, if you have an idea or proposal, get in touch, because who knows!

Here's my farewell reminiscing.

Goodbye for Now, Education!

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Recent Keynotes: (click for detail)






Hi there, I'm Steve Collis.

I'm an ideas and innovation guy. I love finding the sorts of "what ifs" that seem to create energy in the room out of nowhere. 

My roots are in a K to 12 school in Sydney, where to this day I lead a team of teachers, do some classroom teaching, & participate in senior leadership. Over the last 10 years we've incubated, iterated, and scaled a bunch of bold ideas. You can see the result in the timelapse video, left.  In the video, spaces, people, technology, and culture come together in powerful ways.

In 2014 & 2015 I lead the invention of the design/engage kit, which you can read more about here.  Design/Engage bottles everything we know about innovation & transformation, embedding a design thinking process in a tactile, visible dashboard with archetypal ideate cards.

The timelapse video, left, provides an example of how the design/engage cards can play out in sophisticated learning programs.

People are always the important bit. Innovation is really about people manipulating various structures  - tangible structures & invisible ones - around what matters most.   

Since 2010 I've spent most of my time working with schools and other organisations under the auspices of "Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning" - SCIL (founded by Stephen Harris) - which I co-direct with Anne Knock.

I travel, keynote, train, and consult. You can see where I've worked on the map (scroll down). I'm good at showing what's possible and suggesting social processes that get innovation started and keep it on track. I have seen many different contexts and believe both in localisation and what Nicholas Nassim Taleb calls "stochastic tinkering" - feeling your way forward by trial and error. 

Please do get in touch and let's chat, and in the meantime welcome to my blog website!



My Travels

Click on the map to see where I've either worked or traveled for case study research.