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 – a special thank you

This post is a special thank you to all those involved in making Innovation Month happen – it’s a big series of events and wouldn’t be possible without the effort, contribution and support of so many. Though I am sure that we will fail to acknowledge all who were involved, […]

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Can you be an effective public servant if you’re not innovating? (aka Innovate or Die!)

One of my favourite cartoonists is Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid who creates ‘art with purpose’. His work provides commentary about contemporary work and organisations. He believes that art can convey ideas better than other forms of communication. One of my favourite pieces of his is his piece ‘Create or die!’ […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 11 August 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The GovHack 2014 winners have been announced! How do we best address big issues? Rachel Sinha and Ella Saltmarshe have distilled six strategies from interviews with systems entrepreneurs. “If you want to create impact, you will have to collaborate. Full stop. No one can change […]

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Collaboration – what’s the magic ingredient for working across agencies?

How might we enable consistently better collaboration across agencies within the Australian Public Service? Collaboration matters when agencies are seeking to (or attempting to) introduce new initiatives that don’t fit completely within their operations – and increasingly, complex problems mean that policies and services will involve multiple areas. Of course […]

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Enabled by Design-athon wrap up

The inaugural Sydney Enabled by Design-athon was hosted by Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the University of Technology, Sydney on the 25-26 July. The event was a great success. The event’s program is based on (and supported by) the UK organisation, Enabled by Design and was sponsored by the NSW Department […]

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