We find good problems and design the context and incentives to solve them.
We help funding agencies, governments, philanthropies, and entrepreneurs activate creativity and cross-disciplinary collaboration to solve the problems that matter most.
Picking a problem doesn't sound that hard, especially when there's so many to choose from. But making sure the problem you decide to focus on is real and important is not straightforward. We help you focus your time, energy, and funds on prioriting problems that matter so that you can achieve the kind of impact you're after.
We help you find and prioritise problems that are real, important, and also solvable with the kind of resources and attention your organisation can offer.
We establish which skills and collaborations will develop impactful solutions, identify potential solvers, and design incentives that match their needs and motivations.
We design and run programmes tailored to a particular problem, its community of potential solvers, the resources you have available, and your ambitions.
From healthcare and renewable energy, to sanitation and new forms of computing, we have supported the design of grand challenges, funding calls, online acceleration programmes and more.
We worked with Nesta to research and design 10 tech challenge prizes for the EC's Horizon 2020 programme. We engaged with over 100 experts across various domains including online security, analogue computing and robotics. Designed prizes ranged from €250k to €5 million.
As lead research partner for Nesta’s Longitude Prize 2014 we engaged with over 170 global experts to help design the six challenge candidates for the main prize worth £10M. We researched challenges in: Zero-Carbon Flight, Paralysis, Dementia, Food, Water Desalination, and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Our team of researchers and designers specialises in translating complex concepts and unfamiliar subjects into insights, tools, incentives, and programmes that solve good problems. Here’s how:
We do just enough cross-disciplinary research to understand barriers preventing progress and highlight concrete opportunities for innovation.
We synthesise our findings into illustrative graphics, diagrams, or text-based documents that serve as prototypes we can use to communicate our understanding so far.
We test our prototypes in one-to-one interviews with domain experts and potential solvers and update our understanding based on feedback.
As our understanding changes, so do our prototypes. We work iteratively. This helps us share progress and findings, and makes it easier for clients to contribute at key decision points.
We understand the value of a good problem and the effort that goes into finding one. That's why we're keen to share our methodology and tools, through either collaborations or workshops.