Weekly bits of interest – 25 May 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Everyone loves a good idea. Kavi Guppta looks at how they can hurt innovation. “The well of good ideas never dries up. Someone in your team might have an idea that could make internal communications between employees easier. A group might suggest an […]

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Can we innovate like Google?

+-*How do you develop a culture of innovation as Google has done? On Tuesday 20 May a number of public servants from several departments attended a workshop at Google with Dr Frederik Pferdt, Google’s Head of Innovation and Creativity. Dr Pferdt took us through what Google has learnt about what […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 18 May 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: The head of the UK public service has encouraged participation in their first MOOC “Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business”. “Commercial nous is something we need at all levels of the Civil Service, whether we are ordering stationery or commissioning major infrastructure projects. The […]

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What do you use to introduce others to innovation?

+-*Imagine you’ve got the opportunity to talk to someone senior in your organisation about innovation, but they don’t know much about it – what would you use to introduce them to the subject? This person might appreciate why innovation is important – most senior officials in the public service will […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 11 May 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: NASA has “announced its new Journey to Mars challenge, which calls on the public to submit ideas that could one day be used to solve how human beings may one day live on the Red Planet…. A total prize fund of US$15,000 has […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 4 May 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Abhay Adhikari shares insight into “How we created an on-demand Innovation Lab in a large public sector organisation“. “The one-day format we currently use has three parts. It begins with a group discussion that is followed by development time, and concludes with presentations […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 27 April 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently spoke about the Smart Nation initiative, including what that means for how their government works. “The Government is leading the way. We are upgrading our engineering and IT schemes, we are reorganising the way we work, […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 20 April 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: Tom Goodwin argues that organisations don’t need a digital strategy – they need to be digitally transformed. “Digital transformation is not about a digital department, a mobile strategist won’t save your company. It is not the role of any additional unit to take […]

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Many ideas for ideas registry name

+-*We’ve have many ideas put forward in response to our request for names for the ideas registry (that’s a good start!). Thanks to all who participated, below is a summary of the names put forward: ‘The Synergy point’ (or centre, hub etc) – One of the definitions of synergy is:“the […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 13 April 2014

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: The new Digital Transformation Office has established a website Ross Gittins considers the growing use of behavioural economics by regulators How are games used by public sector agencies? Joshua Chambers looks at gamification. “Policy games help officials gain new experiences that they can draw […]

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