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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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The Risky Business of Innovation

Posted by NestaWed, 10 Apr 2013

Nesta, together with the Local Government Association, is supporting innovators in local government across England and Wales through its Creative Councils programme. In the final blog of the short series, Greg Wilkinson discusses how to overcome the gravitational pull of the status quo.

The local energy programme of Stoke-on-Trent

Posted by NestaFri, 5 Apr 2013

Nesta, together with the Local Government Association, is supporting innovators in local government across England and Wales through its Creative Councils programme. In the second blog of the series looking at the latest stages of the progammes, Hywell Lloyd looks at how Stoke-on-Trent council is revisiting an area where local government was once pioneers to deal with the tough challenges that they currently face.

Learning by taking risks…

Posted by NestaWed, 3 Apr 2013

Nesta, together with the Local Government Association, is supporting innovators in local government across England and Wales through its Creative Councils programme. As the programme approaches its latter stages, Melani Oliver kicks off our short series and discusses the bold ideas that are beginning to generate significant learning for the wider sector.

Uni-fi - improving outcomes for children in care

Posted by NestaTue, 4 Sep 2012

In the fifth blog of the Creative Councils series, Nicole Chavaudra, Children’s Transformation Programme Manager, Derbyshire County Council tells us why adults don’t always know best when it comes to young people in care.

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.

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.