Today we are pleased to publish some research into what we think is a critical area for hyperlocal – the demand for and use of hyperlocal media services in the UK.
Are we able to innovate systemically and freely on the Internet? Some individuals are now online for more of the day than off; is the Internet empowering individuals, and what experiences, value, behaviours, purpose and outcomes is it creating?
There's lots of interesting material in the reports that my colleagues have published today following Nesta's People Powered Health programme, not least the finding that we already know how to save 7% of clinical commissioning budgets. For me it's become a little more personal.
You can't bring about systemic change without large scale communication. Large scale communications in society have changed radically with widespread adoption of mobiles and the internet. This has implications for people interested in systemic change.
The Parable of the Elephant
Perhaps you have heard of the parable where three people who had never seen or heard of an elephant are given the task of describing one after examining it blindfolded. One, only having time to examine the elephant's leg, describes the elephant like a tree. The other two, each only having time with the trunk or side, describe the elephant like a snake and a wall.
Following on from the publication of our Making It Work report, we've continued to explore the ways in which organisations and individuals are innovating to create jobs and tackle worklessness. We've now gathered all the examples we've come across together on our living map of jobs innovators, which we hope will become a thriving picture of what's happening and what works.
The percentage of women on boards of the UK's top FTSE 100 companies has fallen this year for the first time since records began.
Health systems are a crucial client for systems innovation. Today’s health system is made up of an increasingly complex set of interactions between the public and medical and care professionals, an infrastructure of hospital buildings and other primary and secondary care settings, providers within and beyond the NHS and a world class network of academic institutions and funding bodies generating new knowledge about what makes us well. Where are there opportunities for change?
We need regime change and not in some far away land, in which a wayward dictator threatens our oil supply. We need regime change in some of our most important public and private systems, from education and health, to banking and energy.
So, I'm a new intern at Nesta, working on the Ageing programme and unusually, I'm 54 not 24.
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