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.

Website: www.justaddspice.org

Started: 2009

Based: South Wales and London

Spice's agency time credit applications encourage people to engage more in the design and delivery of public and community services and support people to take more active roles in their communities.

Employing co-design and co-production techniques, Spice works with local people to envisage how they would like their communities to be, and how they would like to engage. It identifies people's skills, interests and talents and finds new ways for these skills to be used in the community.

Contributions are rewarded with credits that can be used to access events, training and leisure services, or to trade time with neighbours, organised through a central community agency.

Spice began as a University of Wales institute, working mainly in the Welsh Valleys and has since spun out as a social enterprise, working across the UK.