Innovation Showcase: Digital Canberra Challenge

This is a case study about the Digital Canberra Challenge, and involves open innovation and industry development. Key details What is it? The Digital Canberra Challenge is an ACT Government initiative, managed by NICTA’s eGovernment Cluster, to engage Canberra innovators in solving business challenges in public administration When did it […]

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Innovation Month 2014: Pattern Breaking Summit Presentations

Chair Bill Turner – Summit introduction Bill Turner is the Head of Office for Scientific Evaluation, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health Video to come John Sheridan – Feel the Wind: Set yourself the bolder course John is the Australian Government Chief Technology Officer & Procurement Coordinator, Department of Finance. […]

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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 – 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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