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Innovation in the UK

Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation. We help people and organisations bring great ideas to life by providing investments, grants and mobilising research, networks and skills. We are an independent charity and our work is enabled by an endowment from the National Lottery.

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Learning from the journey

Posted by NestaWed, 5 Sep 2012

In the seveth blog of the Creative Councils series, Sarah Gillinson, partner at the Innovation Unit discusses the importance of the journey that the councils have been on during the programme

There’s nothing elusive about innovation

Posted by NestaTue, 4 Sep 2012

In the third blog of the Creative Councils series, Andrea Siodmok, chief designer, Cornwall Council encourages people to get out of the comfort zone and find room to think.

Your county your way

Posted by NestaThu, 9 Aug 2012

In the second blog of our series on our Creative Councils programme, David O’Leary from Monmouthshire County Council discusses how the ability to ‘fail fast fail forward’ has been the best route to innovative new ideas.

Graft and craft – how innovation happens

Posted by NestaFri, 3 Aug 2012

Philip Colligan introduces the first of a blog series exploring how local authorities can develop and implement radical innovations.

A tour de force for co-production

Posted by NestaTue, 3 May 2011

If the concept of co-production was once restricted to the margins, it’s certainly beginning to make its way into the mainstream.

Going local

Posted by NestaThu, 24 Mar 2011

Is data dull? The answer to this question is a resounding NO! In August 2010 NESTA launched a programme called Make it Local. The aim of the programme is to help show local authorities how to make the most of opening their data and working with digital developers to provide useful web-based services for their communities.