Why are we doing this?
From car sharing to crowdfunding, there’s a lot of hype and enthusiasm around how collaborative platforms can change our economy and society.
The internet has made it radically easier for people to connect with one another, and to coordinate their activities. Individuals and organisations are harnessing this potential to make better use of the idling capacity.
Although new business models have taken off in the commercial world, it is not yet clear how these platforms can best create value for public services or civil society.
ShareLab provides a space for people to explore how collaborative platforms can have social impact.
What are we doing?
The ShareLab conference took place in October 2016 and brought people together from around the UK and beyond to present the most exciting examples of collaborative platforms for social impact.
At the event we announced the ShareLab Fund which aims to gather ideas and create connections between innovators. Projects with the highest potential will be provided with funding and support to develop their ideas further in collaboration in 2017.
ShareLab builds on Nesta's previous work on researching the collaborative economy.
We also have a long tradition of supporting collaborative activities to inspire innovation. Our Innovation in Giving Fund and the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (in partnership with the Cabinet Office) have supported organisations that bring together groups in collaborative ways to address social challenges and help their communities thrive.
In 2018 we launched Sharelab Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government.