Weekly bits of interest – 28 July 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: If you are going to innovate, to do new things, you should also be able to answer the question ‘what will you stop doing?’ Suhit Anantula looks at the necessity of abandonment as part of the innovation process The National Bureau of Economics […]

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Evolution or Revolution? A report back on GovCamp Australia 2014

Where could you hear a talk about public sector innovation that references Captain America? GovCamp Australia! Saturday 19 July saw the first national GovCamp Australia, held as part of Innovation Month 2014. It was held in six cities (Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth) and involved a couple of […]

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Failure – what is it good for?

Who likes failure? Who likes admitting that they’ve failed? These were some of the questions that inspired the first Innovation Month 2014 “Uncomfortable Ideas” lunchtime series topic “Failure: is it the dirty word that we can all learn from”. Failure is a topic that comes up a lot – and […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 21 July 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: How might you act in a more entrepreneurial fashion within your organisation? Len Schlesinger and Charlie Kiefer provide some advice. “First, it all starts with Desire. If you are going to start some sort of improvement effort you must want to do it. Without personal motivation to take any […]

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Innovation Month 2014 – Presentation by Professor John Halligan

The public service is operating in an environment of constant change. How do we manage this, and what are the different models available for how the public sector might operate differently? On the afternoon of Thursday 10 July, Professor John Halligan gave a presentation as part of Innovation Month 2014 […]

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Innovation Month 2014 – Policy Visualisation Network event

Communicating new ideas and new information can be tricky. Putting data, information and ideas into a visual form can be a powerful way of cutting through noise, of making the pertinent points clear and helping your audience see what is significant. The Policy Visualisation Network aims to help connect public […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 14 July 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The Australian Government has launched a National Map Open Data initiative providing a visual entry point into Australian geospatial data. Currently available datasets cover information on land, water, infrastructure, broadband access, boundaries and population, with more to come. FutureGov considers the Map favourably in the context of […]

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Dinosaurs, Chaos, Innovation 3.0 and Game of Thrones – an overview of the Pattern Breaking Summit of Innovation Month

How can we break out of our routines, the patterns that we fall in, and consider new ways of doing things? Attendees at the Pattern Breaking Summit, held as part of Innovation Month, heard from seven great speakers with a diverse range of perspectives. You can see the program here […]

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Think you know? Think again!

Can you guess the top three twitter countries in the world? OK, number one is pretty easy, it’s the USA. No surprises there. Number two, though, may surprise you. I don’t think too many would guess Brazil. And I think almost no-one would guess number three – it’s Indonesia. It […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 7 July 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The Australian Public Service Commission has released an update of its ‘APS Leadership and core skills strategy‘. “In this business environment the APS will need to focus on being highly efficient and effective, establishing innovative business models and getting the most out of […]

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