Weekly bits of interest – 15 December 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: What can design offer the policy making process? The UK Design Council has produced a 5 minute video featuring insights from the Design Council’s Ellie Runcie, the Cabinet Office’s Head of Policy Lab, Dr. Andrea Siodmok, and Danish Design Centre CEO Christian Bason […]

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Policy Visualisation Network – December 2014 Workshop

The sixth meeting of the Policy Visualisation Network was held on 2 December 2014 with participants in locations across the country. Like everywhere else, the policy making process is increasingly a visual place. Text is no longer as dominant as it once was. As Trevor Sutton, Deputy Statistician from the […]

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The 2014 IPAA Australian Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management

On the 27 November the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT Division hosted its 2014 Australian Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management at the National Press Club. This year there were 30 nominations (see full list below) contending for awards in the Gold, Silver, Collaboration and Innovation categories. Entrants […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 8 December 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Jakob Schjørring explains how Denmark’s MindLab gives their partners in the public service a ‘licence to act differently’ Should government be innovative? Joshua Chambers looks at some of the tensions involved in public sector innovation Martin Stewart-Weeks reflects on Charlie Leadbeater’s recent piece […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 1 December 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Congratulations to the winners of the Australian Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. The Victorian Department of Human Services won the gold award and the innovation award for its Services Connect initiative. Harley Dennet provides a run through of the winners and […]

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Innovation Showcase: Medicine Shortages Information Initiative

Medicines Shortages Information Initiative (MSII) The Medicine Shortages Information website, hosted by the TGA, is the key tool for delivering consolidated information to support health professionals and consumers when there is a medicine shortage. In addition, there is also an alert service where subscribers receive an email with new and […]

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‘Innovating the public sector’ – A report back on the OECD Conference

Australian public servants seeking to innovate are not alone – that was one message I took back from the OECD’s recent conference ‘Innovating the Public Sector: from Ideas to Impact’. The conference had over 400 participants over the two days, with representatives from all over the world. It was a […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 24 November 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: In an interview with Stephen Easton, Secretary Jane Halton speaks about innovation, collaboration and digital first. “For Halton, innovation relies on questioning the way things have always been done and recognising better possibilities when they emerge. Even something as fundamental as the yearly […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 17 November 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The European Centre for Government Transformation has launched “Delivering Public Service for the Future: How Europe Can Lead Public-Sector Transformation“. It includes essays from key thinkers such as Christian Bason, former director of MindLab Do you need ‘dinobusters’ in your agency? Then take […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 10 November 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Gary Hamel says that “bureaucracy must die“. “Make no mistake: control is important, as is alignment, discipline and accountability—but freedom is equally important. If an organization is going to outrun the future, individuals need the freedom to bend the rules, take risks, go […]

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