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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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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Weekly bits of interest – 4 August 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Dave Seliger argues that “better public services start with teaching civil servants to design“ How do you know whether something is innovative? Tim Kastelle shares some insight from Professor Stan Metcalfe “innovation is action which, ex ante, could be considered a ridiculous error in judgement“ […]

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Leaders in innovation

What sort of leadership is required to help encourage innovation in the Australian Public Service? At the second of the ‘Uncomfortable Ideas’ lunchtime speaker series for Innovation Month 2014, the discussion topic was ‘Leadership or Leadersunk: are new models of leadership needed for innovation in the public service?’ We all […]

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Creating a culture and environment for innovation

How do you set the conditions for innovation within an organisation? ComSuper and the Australian Bureau of Statistics shared some insights at an Innovation Month 2014 event on 25 July. ComSuper Dr Jill Chalker, CEO of ComSuper, started by sharing some details of her agency’s innovation journey, including the establishment […]

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Idea Management Systems – the Devil’s in the Detail.

Thanks everyone who came along to last Thursday’s workshop; Idea Management Systems (IMS), the Devil’s in the details. Also special thanks to the Department of Education for providing the venue and to our presenters; James Gibson of the Department of Human Services (DHS), Paulette Patterson of IP Australia, Claire Roennfeldt […]

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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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