Why are we doing this?
The New Radicals list is an antidote to the many rankings of the rich, powerful and famous so often presented in the media. We want to highlight and support the people working tirelessly to shape our world for the better, and bring them together to learn from each other.
What are we doing?
Every two years Nesta and the Observer put out a call for nominations and entries for individuals, organisations and initiatives from around the UK developing creative ways of tackling society's biggest challenges.
A final list of 50 is published in the Observer New Review and on the Nesta website, followed by a celebration event to bring the new and alumni New Radicals together.
- Organisations of all sizes are considered ranging from one-man-bands to established companies. However, the project, initiative or company must have been going for at least six months and not more than five years old.
- Entries must be able to demonstrate evidence of success and sustainability.
- Self-entries or nominations are considered.
- All entries must be based in the UK and not be primarily motivated by profit.
The 2016 list was decided by the following panel of judges:
- Mike Bracken: Chief Digital Officer of the Co-operative Group, and former Director of Government Digital Service
- Twin B (Alex Boateng): DJ and presenter for BBC 1Xtra Breakfast show and an A&R director at Atlantic Records UK.
- Bryony Kimmings: Performance artist and activist who creates multidisciplinary works aimed at provoking social change.
- Rohan Silva: Co-founder of Second Home, which creates innovative workspaces and cultural venues. Previously he served as a senior policy adviser to David Cameron.
- Tessy Britton: Co-founder and director of Participatory City, which aims to transform neighbourhoods into sustainable, equal spaces through mass participation in small-scale, everyday activities.
- Georgia LA: Writer, presenter and DJ. One of four British female resident DJs on Apple Music’s global station Beats 1
- Debbie Forster: Chief operating officer at Apps for Good (2014 New Radical), an open-source technology education movement that teaches young people how to create apps.
- Tony Colville, Young Foundation fellow and consultant for change.org and Birmingham Opera Company
- Geoff Mulgan: Chief executive of Nesta.
- Fiona Duncan: Chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Fiona Duncan has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 20 years.
- Yvonne Roberts: Former leader writer of the Observer.
- Jane Ferguson: Editor, Observer New Review