Nesta Turns Twenty

November 27, 2018

Why, what and how? Nesta after 20 years.

This month we celebrate Nesta’s 20th birthday. Here I share some thoughts on where we’ve come from, where we are now, and where we’re headed.

When people find out what Nesta does they tend to be surprised. Here are just a few of the things our 250 staff have been working on in 2018:

There are many others. All are examples of using innovation methods to achieve a common good. And all are meant to spark and catalyse change on a bigger scale.

Although we have good reach, whether through our many dozens of investments; the 850 plus grants we’ve made to more than 680 recipients this decade; or the one million plus people each year who visit our website, we’re still a relatively small organisation – certainly far smaller than the biggest UK funders, let alone the US foundations, and we’re a small player in the struggle to put right a huge imbalance in how the world organises its brainpower – an imbalance which means that innovations are far more likely to be funded if they’re in the military, or marketing, or finance than if they’re for a social purpose.

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