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Green Templeton College | Oxford

GosselinProfessor Derrick Gosselin, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). The RSA was established in 1754 to enrich society through ideas and action. Professor Gosselin began his association with RSA in 2009 when he was developing a ‘New Industrial Policy’ for Flanders as Chief of Staff to Kris Peeters, then Prime Minister of Flanders (now Belgium’s Vice-Prime Minister of Economic Affairs).

This plan encompassed innovation on multiple levels including: social innovation to transform the dialogue and role of the unions in promoting industrial change, the creation of factories for the future, introducing micro-clusters for network economy, educational innovation through dual learning, focus on innovative centres for futures technologies like advanced materials, and the establishment of a major investment fund to accelerate innovative growth thru networking. Many of the ideas and final policy was done in discussion with RSA fellows. As a result, the government approved more than 50 programmes and hundreds of projects encompassing this major innovative ‘New Industrial Policy’ that will transform industry and bring wealth to many in the future. In other words, the policy fulfils the RSA mission statement: to help transform and change the world for the better.

In the future, Professor Gosselin hopes to establish a foundation to promote and stimulate futures thinking in Belgium. He says: ‘I believe the RSA fellows community and more specific the Belgian Fellows of RSA can and will be able to contribute to this important initiative. I firmly believe that in a fast changing world a bigger focus on thinking future consequence can create a better and a safer world and give leaders as well as citizens opportunities they would otherwise not be able to take. I hope I can continue as well to have the support of GTC and of the University of Oxford, my second home. Without GTC I would not have been able to achieve this. It allowed me to meet RSA and hence now to found this so important “futures thinking foundation”.’