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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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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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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