Our mission is to spark and grow powerful new ideas to improve how the world works for everyone.
We see a world full of potential, where people’s ideas have the power to improve everyone’s lives.
The world is changing, and we need new ideas to tackle the big problems we all face. We want to empower more people to take on these challenges and shape a better future for everyone.
We work with others to achieve our goals
We know we can’t make change happen by ourselves. We work with a combination of partners from all over the world, bringing together the very big, such as national governments and global technology firms, with the grassroots, such as community groups and local activists. We find this combination of people who are on the ground and people who are in big offices offer the best chance to make change happen.
We support people and organisations all over the UK, Europe and in more than 40 countries across the world.
Our work covers new ideas in education, healthcare, the arts, technology, and economic policy. Here are just a few examples of the work that we do.
In 2014 we launched the £10m Longitude Prize challenge fund to help tackle the threat of antibiotic resistance. To raise awareness of the prize we worked with the BBC, Amazon, the Science Museum and many others, reaching over 84 per cent of the UK population. Longitude Prize was set up with our fund partner Innovate UK and includes the Astronomer Royal and the Chief Medical Officer for England on its committee. The challenge is still open and over 100 teams across the world, including UK, US, Nigeria, Israel and Australia are now working to win the prize and tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
We have mobilised a generation of young people to get the drive, confidence and know-how to make new technology. Make Things Do Stuff was a national education programme designed with our partners Mozilla and Nominet Trust that reached over 250,000 young people over two years and supported the growth of grassroots coding clubs around the country, which are still flourishing today.
Our research into the creative economy has influenced policy across the UK. We have revealed that creative jobs are the hardest to automate, giving the country a crucial advantage as robots, AI and automation start to take over many jobs in the coming decades. Our research has provided good reasons for the government to invest more in Britain’s creativity.
We want to hear from you
If you’d like to find out more about our work, if you’d like to become a partner, or if you’re interested in finding out more about what we can offer your organisation, please email [email protected]
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