What type of innovator are you? This report is the first stage of our public opinion research looking at the UK’s views on innovation.
This first phase survey tested participants’ broad attitudes to innovation, technology and progress.
- We found that attitudes to innovation are broadly favourable, but that there are significant differences across attitudes and behaviours as well as demographics
- People most value innovation in areas that had a demonstrable impact on health, wellbeing and quality of life
- The UK population can be grouped into five attitudinal groups or personas, distinguished by their attitudes to risk, pace of change, long-term planning and ethics
The work pulls together online surveys of over 6,000 UK adults and face-to-face focus groups with over 100 people in six locations across the country. The following innovator types were compiled as a result:
Innovation Futurists: This group are engaged in the innovation debate and see the benefits of change in all aspects of life.
Innovation Romantics: This group view new gadgets and technology as exciting and interesting but tend not to engage with innovation in the long term.
Innovation Creatives: Are typically younger than average, and display high levels of creativity and have a social perspective on life.
Innovation Realists: Appreciate innovation but aren’t excited about it, per se, placing greater importance on ethics and rights than new ideas.
Innovation Sceptics: Are concerned about the pace of change in society. They are cautious and practical, placing low value on new ideas until they are confident they have real-world benefits.
Nesta commissioned ComRes to undertake the research. Full tables of the data can be found online at www.ComRes.co.uk