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In December 2011, in partnership with The Observer, we launched an open call to find and celebrate the people and organisations behind the radical new solutions to the major challenges we face today.

The response was phenomenal. Hundreds of organisations put themselves forward for recognition. But what is even more impressive is the sheer volume of nominations we received from those wanting to shine a spotlight on the inspirational people and projects in their own communities.

Britain's 50 New Radicals were chosen by a panel of judges which consisted of:

  • John Mulholland, editor of The Observer
  • Geoff Mulgan, NESTA's chief executive
  • Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion
  • Lucie Siegle, writer and ethical living columnist for The Observer
  • Alicia Navarro, founder and CEO of Skimlinks
  • Indy Johar, co-founder of social design and strategy practice 00:/

The top 50 were chosen through a subjective, non-scientific decision making process, and while they are presented in no order of superiority, each judge has identified their favourite.

We hope that the list we've presented will offer some much deserved recognition to some remarkable people and organisations. We also hope it will inspire, motivate and provoke others to innovate and build on the ideas presented.