Laura Bunt is a GOVERNING contributor. She is the Policy Advisor on innovation in public services and social innovation for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), an independent body with a mission to make the U.K. more innovative. Since joining NESTA in 2009, Laura has co-authored a number of reports on innovation in public services that draw on NESTA’s practical work in the field, most notably Mass Localism –- an analysis of the scope for communities to respond to big social challenges –- and Schumpeter Comes to Whitehall, a report on how reductions in public spending can prompt innovation. Prior to NESTA, Laura was at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (RSA), building and supporting a fellowship as a network for civic innovation. She has research experience working with the London-based think tank Demos, developed a range of independent creative projects and holds a B.A. (Hons) in Classics from Oxford University.