Today sees the launch of the £7m Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - a partnership between the Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta.
This week Nesta launched a new prize supported by the Cabinet Office to reward innovations that can reduce isolation amongst older people.
I presented at a fascinating session earlier in the week on platforms for collective awareness, a European project to get to the bottom of how the future internet can empower people rather than ushering in new powers for big brother.
I've been fascinated by work and books theorising the changing nature of work since I started my PhD on work and poverty in 1998. Since then I have mainly read books on low-paid work and the lives of people who have to get by in jobs that barely enable them to make ends meet. After a gap of some years it was time this year to catch up on what more recent books were saying about the future of work.
Weekly confidential discussions about recent happenings; and questions, allusions and comments from personal experience - the essence of good mentoring - might just be what the Queen provides for her Prime Ministers in their weekly audience. Does she have some lessons for current mentoring projects?
Each of the many short start-up boot camps for entrepreneurs looking to create new businesses has a slightly different emphasis, so where might you begin? It depends on how solid is your experience, your idea or your work on it so far (for more see Nesta's The Startup Factories report).
When we closed the call for proposals for Destination Local on May 17th, we found ourselves in receipt of 165 eligible applications.
We recently published two blogs summarising discussions from our Centre for Challenge Prizes launch. These covered two of the questions we posed for discussion at the launch:
Last Thursday, I found myself in a room with the first innovators funded through the Innovation in Giving Fund. You can find them all here.
On the plane back from a recent trip to Seoul I was able to catch up on some books including Philip Ball's very readable ones on shapes and flow and Jonah Lehrer's new book on creativity which gathers a lot of recent evidence and case studies in a very digestable way.
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