Executive Director, Innovation Lab

Helen Goulden
Alumnus

Team

Alumni

Join Date

July 2010

What I do

Helen was an Executive Director at Nesta and lead our Innovation Lab.

The Lab’s mission is to support and scale innovation for the public good; working with partners to run innovation funds and programmes, open innovation processes and challenge prizes. Our focus is broad, supporting innovation in education, local government, democratic engagement, the collaborative economy, the arts and civil society.

Helen joined Nesta in April 2009 and joined the executive team in May 2013. She was a board member of the Behavioural Insights Team.

Biography

Before joining Nesta, Helen worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services. 

She regularly speaks in the UK and abroad on the subject of public and social innovation, and has a long-standing interest in the rise of the Collaborative (or sharing) Economy.

Helen holds degrees in Philosophy and in Responsibility & Business Practice.

Through the rise of open data and mass participation in platforms that share location, identity and inventory, we are creating a social and technological infrastructure that could considerably strengthen our ability to respond to unpredictable events.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
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Meeting with Kieran Daly from FoodCycle I can almost scoop his energy up with a spoon, it’s that palpable. He is clearly talented and has a passion for FoodCycle’s mission to connect unwanted food, spare kitchen space and volunteers to create tasty meals for people in food poverty.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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Earlier this year, the great visionary architect Paolo Soleri died at the age of 93. Soleri created the discipline of arcology; something he described as the fusion of architecture and ecology. He was a pioneer of passive design and off-grid environmental architecture and probably best known for designing and building Arcosanti; a community of dwellings deep within the Arizona desert.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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For over three decades Marina Abramovic has been exciting and provoking us with her unique forms of performance art. Whether that be taking pills to induce comatose state; flagellating herself with a cat of nine tails whip or inviting an audience to mark her body with 72 objects of different kinds, we can safely call Abramovic a creative force, an innovator consistently challenging and breaking through boundaries.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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