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“I genuinely believe that innovation can be a force for good. But it can also reinforce, or increase, divisions in society.”

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Is this episode we ask if we’re getting innovation right. We look behind the numbers to see who is has a seat at the table and think about the knock-on effects.

Engineer and designer Nicola Millar joins AI specialist Simi Awokoya to discuss inclusivity and diversity with host Tiernan Douieb and Nesta’s Madeleine Gabriel.

We listen in on a conversation about Nicola’s quest to design a menopause ‘pebble’ with focus-group member, Emily. They meet to talk about how an honest conversation with women heading into the menopause led to the product Emily trials for Nicola.

Nesta’s Alex Glennie gives a glimpse into inclusive innovation in Vietnam with her report on disability, from Hanoi.

With special thanks to National Innovation Centre for Ageing (Newcastle University) and Voice for organising the case study interview.

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Future Curious is presented by Tiernan Douieb and produced and published by Nesta’s communication team. This episode was recorded and edited at Wardour Studios. Original music by Ged Flood.