Anticipatory regulation

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We are researching and pioneering new ways of thinking about regulating innovation and showing what it means in practice.

Why are we doing this?

Traditional ways of regulating are not able to keep pace with technological disruption, shifting sectoral boundaries, new types of problems and the opportunities innovation can bring. Fast moving innovation in technologies like drones, blockchain or artificial intelligence (AI) bring big opportunities, but also carry risks for society. At the same time, more mature regulated markets, such as finance and energy, are not delivering the competition and innovation that customers and the economy need.


What are we doing?

In response to this, Nesta has been working to develop a new theory and practice around regulation which we call ‘anticipatory regulation’.

This anticipatory approach emphasises flexibility, collaboration and innovation and is built on six principles which in many ways contrast with traditional regulatory practice:

  • Inclusive and collaborative
  • Future-facing
  • Proactive
  • Iterative
  • Outcomes-based
  • Experimental
Anticipatory regulation diagram

Adopting these principles may require regulators to develop, or further develop, new kinds of capabilities.

We are demonstrating how this works in practice though our projects such as The Open Up Challenge and the legal access challenge, as well as working with governments and regulators around the world to test other approaches.

Team

Harry Armstrong

Harry Armstrong

Harry Armstrong

Head of Technology Futures

Harry currently leads Nesta’s futures and emerging technology work.

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Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Prize lead

At Nesta Challenges, Chris's experience spans the public, commercial and social impact sectors and interactions between the three.

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Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Andrea leads the challenge prize advisory work with the Government of Canada, consulting on research, design and delivery of outcome-based funding projects.

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Jen Rae

Jen Rae

Jen Rae

Head of UK Innovation Policy

Jen Rae is a policy advisor on innovation and economic growth for Nesta’s Policy and Research team.

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Nicola Tulk

Nicola Tulk

Nicola Tulk

Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Nicola is programme manager of The Legal Access Challenge, a challenge prize delivered by Nesta in partnership with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Lead, Research and Impact

Oli leads Nesta Challenges’ research team. He helps to identify promising areas for innovation and choose the most impactful focus for new prizes.

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