Nesta is a charity that supports people and organisations that have ideas that can help improve our lives. Their mission is to bring these ideas to life.

Nesta was designed initially as a public body to promote creativity, talent and innovation across a wide range of areas and interests. Their focus was on invention & innovation, a resource and support scheme and finally, education.

In 2010, after just over 10 years in existence, Nesta became an independent charity and are fast becoming a hub for innovators all over the world.

Alongside The Observer, Nesta have compiled (for the second year running) a list of 50 social entrepreneurs and innovators or ‘New Radicals’, who are ‘using their technical expertise, community influence, scientific prowess and artistic bravery for social good’.

We wrote about one of them, Bio Bean, not long ago, but take a look at the rest, as there really are some wonderful ideas and inventive people out there doing some great stuff that deserves a far wider audience. The 2014 list has just been announced and the photo above was taken at a celebratory event held on Tuesday evening for all those included on the current list of New Radicals.

Congratulations to everyone on the list and we look forward to hearing about how all these incredible ideas develop, influence and change society in the months and years to come.

Photo Credit – Piers MacDonald Photography