Some recent developments and articles of interest:
- As part of their Global Public Leaders Series, The Guardian has interviewed Sam Pitroda, Chair of the Indian Government’s National Innovation Council. “Designing a better Cartier watch; is that innovation? I don’t know. What happens in this world is that when you get a good education, for example in design, you go and work for Cartier and design a watch rather than working for the government and designing low-cost housing. Although the country may need that talent, no one wants to design a better slum because it doesn’t pay. That’s why people solve the problems of the rich.”
- Jessica Dugan looks at the value of prototyping in the public sector. “We often think of a prototype as a polished 3D version of a product or Beta version of a mobile app, but anything can be a prototype, from a sketch on a scrap of paper to a diagram on a whiteboard to a role play of an experience. But remember, it only really becomes a prototype when you share it with someone else for feedback.As often as possible, that feedback should come from your actual end-users.”
- Pia Waugh sums up the outcomes of the pilot Online Engagement Courses for the Australian Public Service, including some nifty infographics
- Whitney Johnson writes of the need for a shared language and the importance of the ‘in-between’ for innovation. “Innovation happens when we cultivate diversity and cross-disciplinary collaboration, when we play in the in-between. If you’ve learned a new language or lived in a foreign country for a time, you have likely experienced these kind of mind-opening lessons. This can, at times, feel very unpleasant, just as immersing myself in a new language and culture required a big move out of my normal way of living and thinking. But it’s this willingness to live in the unknown for a while that opens a space for truly new ideas.”
- Tim Kastelle takes a look at why it is important to keep pursuing innovation in tough times. “Innovation is forward-looking, and it takes time to see the benefits from your investment in it. It is particularly hard to realise these benefits if your innovation efforts are stop-start all the time.”
As always, please feel free to identify any other recent developments or articles of interest in the comments below.
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