Ed Anderton is a researcher for Nominet Trust, working on ways to measure the social value generated by the Trust's investments, having arrived with a varied career in education, via a brief sojourn in Central Government.
He has worked with and for charities, schools, local authorities, police and performing arts organisations; predominantly as a designer and deliverer of workshops and training courses. This has included delivering the youth and education strand of a Treasury 'Invest to Save' funded mediation programme in West London, developing an education resource pack for Victim Support's national network and teaching music to teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties. While in Whitehall, Ed was part of the 'Better Regulation Executive', where he worked with Lord Hodgson's 'Civil Society Red Tape Taskforce', built up a network of socially enterprising contacts and ran workshops for his colleagues which involved dressing up (which proved surprisingly popular).
With experience as a mediator, Ed has an ongoing interest in our efforts to communicate; where it breaks down and how it can be repaired with the least amount of suffering for all involved. Through his work at the Trust, he's focused on looking to gain a better understanding of how technology helps and hinders us in this regard. Having delved into the history of ideas while studying for an MA in Philosophy, Ed is also intrigued by the balance we strike between action and reflection: individually, professionally and across society as a whole.