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.
At Nesta, we've recently been talking about why successful innovations that originate in some parts of the world often don't get exported to other places.
The issues affecting local communities today are many and varied; local budget cuts, youth unemployment, flooding, and the challenges of an aging society to name just a few. They are particularly difficult to address because they require multiple bodies to change their own practices and systems; they also demand personal behaviour change from many individuals. In fact, they represent the very type of systemic challenges that our current local systems are not really set up to deal with effectivel
Current approaches to addressing complex social challenges are not working. While there is much to celebrate in terms of the numbers of people involved in change initiatives, in the increasing amounts of money being invested and attention given to social innovation, the underlying trends, from species loss to public debt, continue to deteriorate. Social fabrics are increasingly strained under loads they were never intended to contain.
The Work Programme, the government's flagship welfare to work initiative, introduced large, long payment-by-results contracts for providers that have complete autonomy as to how they support participants. So what do we know, so far, about whether this 'black box' for provision has stimulated innovation?
Two weeks ago we ran a stand at the Big Bang Fair, the largest annual science, technology and engineering exhibition for young people in the UK. With around 50,000 7-19-year-olds spread across four days the result was an explosion of activity and a tired but happy Make Things Do Stuff crew.
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