Weekly bits of interest – 27 October 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: How can behavioural economics help shape regulation? The Economist takes a look at the experience of the UK Want to be a successful innovator? Then Doug Sundheim argues you need to focus on the important problems, rather than the act of innovating Want […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 20 October 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Dr Nicholas Gruen shares some of his reflections about the innovation process, and the limitations of any ‘how-to’ guide. “For innovation to thrive, incentives must be conducive to it. They can include monetary rewards but will often involve richer cultural cues and rewards. […]

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Weekly bits of interest 22 September 2014

Take a whistle-stop tour of what can be achieved through collaboration and how it enhances innovation, and the ‘good’, the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’ of public sector innovation narratives. Prototyping and Design costs money and may be a different way of doing things, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s risky. […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 15 September 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Do ever get bored in your job? Good news! David Burkus looks at some recent studies that indicate that being bored can help you be more creative. “By engaging in uninteresting activities before problem-solving ones, we may be able to elicit the type […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 8 September 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: At the launch of The Mandarin, a news website for the public sector, Minister Turnbull called for more innovation from the public service. “”We’ve got to try new things and, if you try new things, a lot of them won’t work. But so what? […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 1 September 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Lucille Halloran interviews Professor Peter Shergold about public service reform in Australia. “Looking back, Shergold is firm in his belief that senior public servants in Australia do not lack for personal qualities — ‘they are extraordinarily good and talented people who have made […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 25 August 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: What’s the key to creating a successful innovation team? Ruth Puttick shares findings from Nesta. “Setting up a team to ‘do innovation’ is setting them up to fail. Innovation in government should never be the responsibility for one team. An i-team provides the […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 18 August 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: NSW has introduced The Premier’s Innovation Initiative. “The Premier’s Innovation Initiative is a new approach that seeks to uncover the best innovative ideas and know-how from outside Government.” The Initiative has four priority areas: social housing assets, congestion, open data, and open ideas Nick […]

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Innovation Month 2014 – we hoped you enjoyed it!

Dinosaurs, Game of Thrones, Hilary Duff, GovHack, GovCamp, wearable technology, disruptive innovation, numerous case studies, leaders and leadership, failure, constraint and opportunity, collaboration, ideas management – all of this and more made up the tapestry that was Innovation Month 2014! We recognise that there were a lot of events as […]

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Overview of Innovation Month 2014

What came out of Innovation Month 2014 – Empower, Collaborate, Transform? What themes or issues emerged? We will be working with our colleagues from across the APS and our partners outside of the APS on the formal reporting about Innovation Month, but we’ve had an initial shot at pulling together […]

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