Nesta in Scotland aims to bring bold ideas to life that change the world for good. We use cutting edge social innovation methods to help tackle some of the big issues facing Scotland today.
Nesta in Scotland works by partnering with other organisations and public sector bodies, funding projects in exploratory programmes and commissioning research to help understand the potential of data and technology to power social innovation.
We also support colleagues from different teams on UK-wide Nesta programmes and partnerships.
In 2018, Nesta in Scotland partnered with Scottish Government on the ShareLab Scotland programme exploring ideas that draw on the collaborative economy. ShareLab Scotland supported six projects using collaborative digital platforms to create positive social impact in innovative, scalable ways.
Our AI for Good programme is investigating the potential of artificial intelligence to be used to tackle social issues. We are supporting seven innovative projects developing AI solutions ranging from conversational AI to support young people’s mental health to AI-augmented artificial limbs.
In the summer of 2020 we launched Future Visions of a Green Economic Recovery. Bringing together a diverse group of co-visionaries across areas of sustainable work, sustainable industry and sustainable environment, we explored the radical possibilities open to Scotland if we really treat the climate crisis as a crisis.
Two research projects published in 2020 delved into how the Scottish public feels about innovation and the technologies that are shaping our lives. Is Scotland Getting Innovation Right? showed appetite for innovation to be used for public good, prioritising social issues even if they don’t necessarily lead to economic gains. In Shift+Ctrl: The Scottish public and the tech revolution we explored the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. The report revealed the COVID-19 lockdown has driven Scottish public’s engagement with technology, but issues of trust and unequal access remain.
Nesta in Scotland has also supported Nesta’s Health Lab work on the Healthy Lives Data Fund and Data Dialogues in partnership with the Scottish Government and People Powered Results team’s 100 Day Challenge with Midlothian Council and Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub.
If you would like to find out more about any of the points above or are interested in working with us, please get in touch by emailing us.