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.

An increasing number of games and game-like experiences are being used in more traditional sectors and settings, such as public consultation, research, policy and decision-making.

There are many reasons why games are an effective tool for innovation.

Games are useful tools to start conversations and they are particularly effective at illustrating the trade-offs associated with making choices. They also encourage players to understand the perspectives of other players, they can present data, ideas, and trends in new and intuitive ways, and they can engage new audiences.

As such, games present a real opportunity to be used for more serious purposes, pushing participants out of their comfort zone, engaging them in meaningful debates and generating new ideas.

We've been exploring the ways games can bring bold ideas to life, from researching a wide range of examples to understand how to harness their value, to developing our own digital and tabletop games.

Download, print and play our games through the following links: