Today we launch the Centre for Challenge Prizes at Nesta.
Jonah Lehrer calls himself a translator - of ideas for people who will turn them into actions
Laura Bunt outlines Nesta’s new report the ‘Art of Exit’ – exploring the role of creative decommissioning in public services – and reflects on some of the key themes emerging from the launch event.
Just how many minutes did you spend commuting last year? How did that pint last night affect your sleep? What area of New York City is most likely to trigger an asthma attack? And how did that cup of coffee affect your mental performance this morning? Somewhere, people are asking themselves these very questions.
There is huge interest around the world in new tools for speeding up the generation and development of ideas. Many of them are in use in and around Nesta, including crowdsourcing, design methods and collaboration platforms of all kinds.
I see the work of Watershed in Bristol as a beacon - always pushing the leading edge of creativity in the arts – and seeking to capture the learnings from which others can benefit.
Many mature economies suffer from seriously antiquated infrastructures, in which they need to invest, acting more collaboratively with business and civil society. But many of the capabilities and skills needed are engrained in those mature economies, and may serve them well in the drive for growth that besets developing and mature economies alike.
The Business Leadership Network’s Making It Mobile event: what a great showcase for Britain’s entrepreneurial talent. There were 5 minute pitches from twelve companies competing for the MiM award 2012 interspersed with the other presentations throughout the day. I was one of many judges in the room asked to award a mark out of ten for their “potential to make businesses mobile”.
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