I'm going to share some of the interesting projects I see, ideas I stumble across and issues I encounter in my job as NESTA's CEO.
I was intrigued to see the dismissal of Vladislav Surkov from the Russian government the other day. I spent some time with him just after Putin’s first election when I spent a few days in the Kremlin with his new team.23.05.2013
A few weeks ago I attended an amazing event in Spain on the burgeoning of craft skills in fields as diverse as cooking, ceramics, fashion and musical instruments. The confidence and global success of those present confirmed that craft is clearly a vital part of a modern creative economy and hasn’t been superceded by automation as many expected.21.05.2013
We've been advocating for some time that governments should take evidence more seriously. Where possible, data should be opened up to public scrutiny, and policies should be tested to see whether they actually work. The recent announcement of new 'What Works' centres is an important step in the right direction towards more intelligent, and competent government.19.04.2013
The field of big data has been a triumph – and also a disappointment. It’s a triumph in that thousands of data sets have been made open to the public; that new industries have grown up around reuse of that data (particularly in fields like transport); that some forms of abuse and corruption have been revealed and contained; and that it’s quickly become conventional wisdom that (anonymised) public data should be open by default.18.04.2013
The last few years have brought a cornucopia of innovation around data, with millions of data sets opened up, and big campaigns around transparency, all interacting with the results of a glut of hackathons, appathons and the like. Linked to this has been the explosion of creativity around digital tools for civic engagement and local government.10.04.2013