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.

People Powered Results pioneered new approaches to achieving change and innovation in systems, between 2013 and 2023. During this time, the team worked with over 500 local and national organisations to create the conditions and cultures required to rapidly adopt new innovations and scale what works.

As part of their legacy, the team produced two publications to share their experience, knowledge and practical tools with the world and to support others to continue growing the people powered movement.

Reflecting on the work of the team, Kate Simpson and Catherine Russell, Co-Directors of People Powered Results said:

“We’re extremely proud of the team and the difference that our work has made in the world. We have built a tried-and-tested set of innovation methods that we have applied in systems and places across the UK. Whilst Nesta is no longer the right home for the work, we are seeing a growing recognition of the need for, and value of, people powered approaches in bringing innovative solutions to complex systemic issues. We hope that these publications will offer a lasting contribution to the further scale and spread of people power.”

Why did the People Powered Results Team close?

The decision to wind down People Powered Results was due to Nesta’s mission-driven strategy to 2030, which was introduced in 2020. With People Powered Results focusing its ambitions more widely than the three missions and methods that Nesta is committed to, Nesta was no longer the right home for its work.