Gerard is a trainer, writer and researcher specialising in creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. He was awarded the first Onians Creativity Fellow by the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) for which he undertook research into the characteristics, motivations and barriers to success of young entrepreneurs in the UK. During this fellowship he conducted qualitative interviews with 44 young entrepreneurs many of whom were close to the start of their ventures. He repeated the interviews three years later to examine the challenges of sustaining and growing a venture in the UK and now, ten years on, he is looking to interview the entrepreneurs again to consider how well the UK supports ventures in the longer term.
He runs workshops on ideation, creative thinking and enterprising thinking and is currently developing a training programme on ‘Getting Ideas to Fly’.
He has written a number of booklets for young people on making ideas happen including The Little Book for Big Ideas, Dare to Dream and Get Connected.
His Sideways Thinking blog can be found here: http://sideways-thinking.blogspot.com/
A recent talk he gave on BBC Radio 4 on creativity in education can be heard here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01b1g9l