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.

Created in partnership with designer and developer Digital Liberties, Innovate! aims to improve how policymakers work together, strategise and incorporate the views of key stakeholders to address large-scale issues, such as air pollution, data ethics or inequality.

How to play

We made the game simple to play so that it could be used as an ice-breaker or an exercise in workshops.

Groups of four to six players take on the role of innovation policymakers, aiming to understand which policy proposals are popular across five stakeholder groups: academia, technology, industry, entrepreneurship and community. Watch the rules video below or download them.

How to download the game

Downloading the game is simple and can be done in just three steps:

  1. Download the rule book, and don't forget you can also watch the video above
  2. Download and print the Network deck
  3. Download and print one of the themed decks. You can choose from several themes and can pick the one that is most relevant to you: Air Pollution, Ethics and Data Ownership, Inequality, Public Health Systems or Waste Reduction. Alternatively, you can download a blank deck and make up your own theme.

You are all set, enjoy!

How we developed it

Find out how we developed the game in our Game on: Using board games to Innovate! If you have feedback on the game, or if you develop games in this field or train people using a similar tool, we’d like to hear from you. Please contact [email protected]