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.

Started: December 2010
Based: Nationwide
Website: www.goodfornothing.com
Twitter: @g00dfornothing
Categories: Community Action

Good for Nothing is a fast growing community of thinkers, do-ers, makers and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of grassroots social innovators.

It was established by co-founders Tom Farrand, Dan Burgess and Tom Rowley in 2010. Their mission is to help diverse groups of people collaborate together through hackathon style events - the focus is on overcoming shared problems as a collective, both on and offline.

Good for Nothing supports innovators with skills they couldn't normally afford free of charge, delivered through training camps, online networking and toolkits. A recent project in London helped Wormwood Scrubs Community Chaplain Mentoring Scheme, a charity struggling to find a new name for itself, rebrand to Inside Out in just one evening. Another weekend ‘gig’ gave social enterprise The DoNation, one of our other 2014 New Radicals, new web applications, digital products, communications assets and a brand make-over in just 48 hours.

It's a model for change that has grown rapidly - there are now 'chapters' of the movement from Cornwall to Singapore. Going forward, the team want to help existing chapters grow and build their communities and impact, including futher international expansion.