Executive Director, Innovation Lab

Helen Goulden

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Executive Team
Innovation Lab

Join Date

July 2010

What I do

Helen is Executive Director in Nesta’s Innovation Lab, where she oversees the design and delivery of programmmes to test new models for supporting and scaling social and environmental innovation with a particular focus on digital and open innovation.

This work includes the Centre for Challenge Prizes, Creative Economy, Digital Education and our work to increase charitable giving.
 
Helen joined Nesta in April 2009. Since then she has led a portfolio of programmes including on methods for diffusing community led approaches to tackling climate change, the use of collaborative digital technologies in public services and supporting local authorities to develop and implement innovation strategies and capabilities. Most recently, Helen led the design and delivery of the Cabinet Office's £10m Innovation in Giving Fund

Biography

Before joining Nesta, Helen worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services. 
 
Helen has a particular interest in sustainability, the future of food, agro-forestry and holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice.
Meeting with Kieran Daly from FoodCycle I can almost scoop his energy up with a spoon, it’s that palpable. He is clearly talented and has a passion for FoodCycle’s mission to connect unwanted food, spare kitchen space and volunteers to create tasty meals for people in food poverty.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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Earlier this year, the great visionary architect Paolo Soleri died at the age of 93. Soleri created the discipline of arcology; something he described as the fusion of architecture and ecology. He was a pioneer of passive design and off-grid environmental architecture and probably best known for designing and building Arcosanti; a community of dwellings deep within the Arizona desert.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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For over three decades Marina Abramovic has been exciting and provoking us with her unique forms of performance art. Whether that be taking pills to induce comatose state; flagellating herself with a cat of nine tails whip or inviting an audience to mark her body with 72 objects of different kinds, we can safely call Abramovic a creative force, an innovator consistently challenging and breaking through boundaries.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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I'm just fresh from the Soil Association's Annual Conference where they've been discussing the relevance of social innovation to tackling some of their core challenges. During question time, a little voice pops up at the back and asks whether the sharing economy is relevant to supporting the growth of organic, local food consumption in the UK.
Helen Goulden
Friday, 11 October 2013
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