We have all been in a ‘name your top five’ debate. Top five films, top five British bands, top five girls/boys in your year group at school, you name it at some point we have all made a top five. I bet somewhere groups of people have even debated their top five ‘all time’ social innovations…in fact spend half an hour in the kitchen area at Nesta and you are sure to enter such a debate.
What do governments need to know to get innovation policy right? And what can Big Data do to help? We're kicking off a set of interesting new projects to answer exactly this question.
There was a fun piece by Allister Heath in yesterday's Telegraph arguing that driverless cars could generate big economic growth.
In the tenth blog of our Destination Local series, Ally Tibbitt from Greener Leith discusses how the Local Edge project aims to get everyone talking about their Edinburgh community.
In the ninth blog in our Destination Local Series, Nick Hutchinson from BNL Productions discusses the hurdles he had to overcome to create a hyperlocal media app for communities in Northern Ireland.
Attending the Nesta round table event about innovation in complaints, as a new intern at Nesta, was an enriching experience. Complaints to public services are not something I have come across all that often, (other than perhaps the crusade of the student against unruly landlord at university). However, one capacity in which I have come into contact with complaints is in my part time job working for the NHS.
In the eighth blog of the series, Ian Farrow from LocalSay discusses how he built an engaging app for community information in the heart of London.
Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, shows how encouraging people to complain can transform public services and lead to real innovation.
Between May 24th and June 2nd How the Light Gets In, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, takes place in Hay-on-Wye, alongside the literary festival.
There were some fantastically inspiring stories at the Skoll World Forum Awards in Oxford.
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