Some developments and articles of interest from over the holiday break:
- Bill Eggers and Ruben Gonzalez from Deloitte write about the need for disruptive innovation in the public sector. “Budget cutting in government is typically an exercise in using the blunt instrument of across-the-board cuts—in other words, doing more of the same with less money. The inevitable result, however, is not more for less but less for less. To get more for less requires doing things differently. Needed are innovations that break traditional tradeoffs, particularly between price and performance. Disruptive innovation offers a path to accomplish this goal and in the process transform public services.”1
- The UK’s NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is establishing a centre for innovation prizes. It will be a hub for expertise in designing, setting up and running challenge prizes to tackle social and technological challenges in the public interest. (Information on competitions and prizes can also be found in the relevant Public Sector Innovation Toolkit module).
- Ingrid Burkett from The Centre for Social Impact writes about social design. “Social design can point to a particular outcome of a design process: that is, design for a social purpose. So social design can focus on the design of products that benefit people (for example, the design of water purifiers for people living without potable water); or services (for example, designing more inclusive financial services); or processes (for example, designing participatory decision-making processes inside organisations).”2
- The Australian Public Service Commission has released circular 2012/1 ”Revisions to the Commission’s guidance on making public comment and participating online“.
- Tim Glyn Burke considers what the public sector can learn from the legacy of Steve Jobs. “Real solutions to intractable public problems are out there. The challenge is what Jobs knew how to do best: forcing change that endures by cutting through bureaucracy, fearlessly facing down opposition and insisting on maximum performance. What will it take for governments—along with their nonprofit and community partners—to do the things they never dreamed possible?”3
- The Harvard Business Review launched the Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge with McKinsey. Polly LaBarre shares the stories of the 14 finalists from different sectors around the world.
As always, please feel free to identify any other developments or articles of interest in the comments below.
- This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Bill Eggers and Ruben Gonzalez “The Public Sector, Disrupted” 18 January 2012, accessed at http://www.governing.com/columns/mgmt-insights/col-government-disruptive-innovation.html ↩
- This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Ingrid Burkett “What is social design?” 11 January 2012, accessed at https://blog.csi.edu.au/2012/01/what-is-social-design/ ↩
- This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Tim Glynn Burke “The Crazy Ones, the Misfits, the Rebels” 10 January 2012, accessed at http://www.governing.com/blogs/bfc/col-steve-jobs-innovation-lessons-public-sector.html ↩
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