Flash Grants are a novel way for us to fund and explore cutting-edge ideas while allowing our fellows to grow their network. Fellows become philanthropists in their own right and build momentum towards the social change they want to make in the world. It is a low-risk, low-overhead opportunity for us to look closely at emerging themes and enable ideas outside of our and our fellows’ sphere of influence. It is also a route to increasing diversity, with many Flash Grants going to people traditionally ignored by an increasingly dry and risk-averse philanthropic landscape. As well as academics and educators, we have funded innovation in open hardware, awarded the work of graphic novelists, librarians, and industrial designers, and supported human rights activists from some of the most dangerous parts of the world.