About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

On Tuesday 7 March we launched our new report Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem-solving at our new offices.

The report shows that the ability to solve problems with others (collaborative problem-solving) will be a crucial skill in the future workplace and can also support academic attainment. The report was produced in partnership with UCL Institute of Education and UCL Knowledge Lab. Together we argue that more support is needed for educators and students in this space.

The launch event brought together teachers, innovators, academics and policymakers to explore emerging examples of good practice in education. It was an evening of debate, discussion and practical activity, and included a chance to get hands-on and experience how the LEGO® Group uses collaborative problem-solving activities to engage employees in its social responsibility programme.

Speakers and panel members included:

  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta
  • Rose Luckin, UCL Knowledge Lab
  • Ed Baines, UCL Institute of Education

Other innovation showcases included:

  • Ems Lord, Director of NRICH, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Sam George, Senior Associate for Research, Enabling Enterprise
  • Tom Harriott, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Harris Academy Battersea
  • David Pallash, Senior Manager, Child Engagement - LEGO Group
  • Oliver Quinlan, Senior Research Manager, Raspberry Pi
  • Heather Picov, UK Managing Director, Apps for good