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.

Who are the people and organisations changing society for the better?

For the second time, Nesta has joined forces with The Observer to present a list of the social entrepreneurs and innovators using their technical expertise, community influence, scientific prowess and artistic bravery for social good.

Our 2014 New Radicals list showcases a generation of radical thinkers, campaigners, designers and community activists working in the UK today. We received over 1,000 submissions to our call for nominations which our judging panel distilled into the list of 50 presented below.

Our hope is that by shining a light on some of these trailblazing ideas, many of which are currently operating below the radar, they’ll be given the recognition and encouragement needed to grow, as well as inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Read what Nesta chief executive Geoff Mulgan had to say about the 2014 New Radicals and hear from members of our 2012 alumni, Transition Town Movement's Rob Hopkins and Includem's Angela Morgan.

Help us find 2016’s New Radicals.

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