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.

Research and innovation into global challenges will affect all of our lives and yet the people involved in designing, funding and regulating these technologies come from remarkably similar backgrounds.

This guide draws on the observations and learnings of Nesta's Inclusive Innovation team, exploring why public involvement is essential and sharing seven key principles that could form the basis of a new model of public engagement in decision-making about research, technology and innovation.

At Nesta we are currently carrying out a range of projects which seek to experiment with various methods of public engagement and this is a preliminary draft guide. We welcome all comments and suggestions that others may have.

For further discussion, including potential partnerships, please get in touch: [email protected].


Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Principal Researcher

Tom was a Principal Researcher in the inclusive innovation team.

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