A compendium of innovation methods

This compendium brings together some of Nesta's innovation experience over the years. Each section gives a simple introduction to the method and describes Nesta’s work in relation to it. In each case they have also provided a link to further relevant resources and inspiration on their website.


The Future of Jobs 2018

Workforce transformations are no longer an aspect of the distant future. As shown in the five-year outlook of this report, these transformations are a feature of today’s workplaces and people’s current livelihoods and are set to continue in the near term.


Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy

This British Council report has been commissioned to better understand the diverse value, processes and motivations of creative hubs and in doing so, analyse how best to support and stimulate the wider creative economy they are rooted in, particularly in times of political and financial uncertainty.


The Geography of Creativity in the UK

This report – a collaboration between Nesta and Creative England – reveals hotspots of creative activity in all nations and regions of the UK, and produces data that economic development agencies and policymakers charged with promoting business growth can use when setting strategic priorities.


Improving the management of digital government

This report draws on 30 interviews with senior digital and policy officials across Whitehall and the public sector, and vendors to government. It focuses on the role of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in creating a framework for digital government that is successful, and assesses how GDS is performing in that role.


The Digital Powerhouse

This report maps out how the North of England can better engage with its tech clusters, drawing on respective expertise and innovation in order to provide solutions for smart cities and digitise industry strengths.


Measuring the UK’s Digital Economy with Big Data

It is clear we need a new way of measuring the economy and that is what is presented in this report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, based on the pioneering big data techniques of Growth Intelligence, a UK company who specialise in tracking and measuring the economic activities of companies.


Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example

What is the potential of machine learning over the next 5-10 years? And how can we develop this technology in a way that benefits everyone? The Royal Society’s machine learning project has been investigating these questions, and this report sets out the actions needed to maintain the UK’s role in advancing this technology while ensuring careful stewardship of its development.