We're pleased to announce that Sidekick Studios has been selected by The Observer and NESTA as New Radicals, a list of 50 "inspirational Britons improving the lives of people and communities across the country in radical and creative ways". There are lots of ace people and organisations on the list; some of them we know and love, like Iris Lapinski from Apps for Good, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh from Sugru, We Are What We Do, and Livity; but there are lots more that we've enjoyed checking out, like PatientsLikeMe, Michael Acton Smith, The Brilliant Club, Access Space, The Reader Organisation and Maslaha, to name but a few. It's worth having a little look around the other winners here. Hats off to all of them.
Here's a little bit more about the list from Geoff Mulgan, the Chief Executive at NESTA.
"Last November, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) teamed up with the Observer to launch a call to find 50 of Britain's new radicals. We wanted to find people who were coming up with creative answers to the big issues of our times, working below the radar of national media. We wanted to celebrate people who were really doing good rather than celebrities famous for being famous. And we wanted to find examples of inspiration during a difficult time."
"Hopefully this exercise will prompt argument. If we aren't told of hundreds of people who should have been on the list, we'll be disappointed. If we don't prompt a debate about what it means to be radical, that would be a shame too. For me it means a willingness to deal with the root causes of things, to think and act in genuinely fresh ways. Two centuries after the word first came into use, and at least 150 years since some people started calling themselves new radicals, the word doesn't always mean being novel – many of the best radical ideas involve return as well as advance, like the many projects reimagining Britain as a nation connected to the land and food production. But it does require a willingness to challenge the mainstream."
"Being radical guarantees that you'll have to deal with enemies, obstructive vested interests and bitter setbacks. What makes the difference is whether you bounce back – as social activist Michael Young used to put it, treating "no" as a question.""