Weekly bits of interest – 15 March 2011

 Developments and articles of interest from the last week:

  • The Australian Government has released a revised data.gov.au site. You can use the site to suggest other datasets that could be included, commenting on the datasets up there, and provide feedback on the site. More information can be seen in the announcement by Special Minister of State, Gary Gray.
  • In this piece, Rob Cross cautions on how to use social media networks to improve your network. ” Bigger is not better. The magic lies in the new ideas and perspectives that can come from connections into different networks.”1
  • Dr Tim Kastelle looks at how to get ideas to spread, and the value of a pull approach as opposed to push strategy. “There are two important parts to this idea. The first is that we need to create social objects that have traction – in other words, we are using a pull strategy. The second part is the random bit – we don’t know in advance which ideas actually will gain traction. So we need to experiment, and try out a lot of different ideas.” 2
  • Jeffrey Phillips argues that many organisations need to be braver in their innovation experiments. “We need to either conduct a real innovation experiment, fully cognizant of the investments and risks, with a clearly stated, important hypothesis, and let the work run its course, or we need to stop pretending to test the waters with phony innovation experiments.”3
  • In this interview Judith Rodin, president of the Rockerfeller Foundation, talks about how leaders can create an innovative culture in their agencies and the best ways to innovate during budget cuts.

As always, please feel free to identify any other developments or articles of interest in the comments below.

  1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Rob Cross “The Most Valuable People in Your Network” 8 March 2011 accessed at http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/03/the_most_valuable_people_in_yo.html#
  2. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Tim Kastelle “Don’t Push Rocks, Roll Snowballs” 9 March 2011 accessed at http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/03/dont-push-rocks-roll-snowballs/
  3. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Jeffrey Phillips “Treating Innovation as an experiment” 9 March 2011 accessed at http://innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com/2011/03/treating-innovation-as-experiment.html
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