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Dr Tom Chatfield

Former Visiting Associate

Dr Tom Chatfield

Former Visiting Associate

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Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. Hs is interested in improving our experiences of digital technology, and in better understanding its use in work and living through critical thought.

The author of six books exploring digital culture – most recently “How to Thrive in the Digital Age” (Pan Macmillan) and “Live This Book!” (Penguin) – his work has appeared in over two dozen countries and languages.

Tom’s past collaborators include Google, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Education, Mind Candy, We Are What We Do / Shift, Flamingo, Six to Start, Preloaded, Firefish, Future Lab, Sense Worldwide, SAGE Publications, BMJ Learning, Sugru and Allianz.

Recent projects include advisory board membership for Labour’s Digital Government Review; consultancy with Shift Design on a videogame to boost teenagers’ mental health, awarded funding through Google’s Global Impact Challenge; research on digital learning and engagement for the BMJ and SAGE Publishing; and advisory work on the future of broadcasting for ITV and Flamingo London.

Tom is currently Advisor for Technology and Media at Agathos Management LLP; an associate editor at Prospect magazine; a faculty member at London’s School of Life; a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford; a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute; and an Associate with Strategy of Mind, the global executive learning firm.

Tom broadcasts nationally and internationally, including as a writer/presenter for BBC radio and television, and writes and commentate widely in the international media. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; FundForum Asia; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex.

Research Interests

Digital culture, ethics of technology, critical thinking, games and play, technology and society

Positions at the OII

  • Visiting Associate, February 2017 - March 2017