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.

In 2016, for the third time, we worked with the Observer to unearth a group of change-makers offering us a glimpse of a different, better society.

Presented here is a list of people, campaigns and organisations with the potential to transform the lives of millions of people. Their work spans fields as diverse as hospitality, engineering, healthcare, music, international development, technology, retail and politics.

The list, which includes representation from across the UK, was compiled from hundreds of entries and nominations, narrowed down by an impressive panel of judges.

Trends on this year’s list include responses to the migration and refugee crisis, innovations in political engagement and the use of technology to improve disabled access to public spaces.

Browse the full list below, and find out what Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan had to say about this year’s New Radicals.

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