Events

It's rare that you'll get to see a Nobel Laureate, an all girl hip hop crew, an exiled Catholic priest, and an abortion activist all on the one stage in an afternoon, but for anyone who has experienced the global TEDx movement before, you'll know that the eclectic mix of speakers is one of the key ingredients to making a TEDx event the inspiring and thought provoking event it is known for.Now in it's third year, TEDxCanberra is a licensed independent offshoot of the TEDx movement, and this...
In an era of exponential technological change, and in a world where governments are seeking to reduce costs but citizen demands are changing and growing, how are we to solve entrenched problems?At a breakfast event in Canberra on Tuesday 25 February, Bill Eggers of Deloitte spoke about building the ‘solution economy’ as a means for governments to deal with a confluence of events and trends: Many governments around the world are looking at reducing costs Citizen demands are changing and...
Last week I was delighted to launch Innovation Month 2014 in my official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Industry. This is a subject that matters to me personally as well as professionally, and I am very happy to be in a position where I can champion and support it.As well as launching the Month, in my role as President of the ACT Division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia I was also very pleased to Chair the event “Is Australia Ready for the Public Service to be...
Imagine if people from around Australia and beyond came together to learn how to think differently about problems and re-invent the future. This was what Creative Innovation 2010 challenged its participants to conceive, and sought to deliver.Featuring more than 30 speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, CI2010 perhaps had more in common with a TED event than a traditional conference. It covered the broadest definitions of innovation and included themes around education,...
Guest post from Manal Saroufim, innovationXchangeYou may be aware that the innovationXchange at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been piloting an inaugural Ideas Challenge, a competitive, collaborative and interactive process in which all staff across DFAT’s network have been invited to submit, comment on and support new ideas about how DFAT can better achieve its objectives.Hosted on innovationXchange’s specially designed online collaboration platform, we have been incredibly...
Forget the box! Don’t just think outside of the box, forget it entirely!That was just one piece of advice that was discussed at the 2nd Western Australian Public Service innovation workshop on Thursday 24 November in Perth. It was a great event with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for how to do things better and some good ideas were put forward.The theme of the day was collaborative partnerships in action. Speakers included: Dr Terry Cutler, who spoke about how the fundamentals of the innovation...
As part of Innovation Month 2015 we held an event “The Computer Says Yes: what might be the future of artificial intelligence in the public service?"We have now published the recordings of the speakers for the event on our YouTube channel, and you can also find an article from The Mandarin about the event here.https://youtu.be/8YVp1tuKOYw?list=PLS4rZ-CRtZpQsiRCyCEa_T8klJr1EI8dNThe below includes some of my thoughts from the event about the opportunities and challenges offered by artificial...
Is there a difference in how you innovate at the Australian Government level as opposed to in local government?I was preoccupied with this question when I recently attended the Strategic Innovation and Local Government National Roundtable organised by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra.The purpose of the Roundtable was to provide insights and recommendations for growing a culture of innovation within the...
On Wednesday 12 December, the Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design hosted a workshop for members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) from across the Australian Public Service to learn about design thinking from Peter Vozvoteca and Andrew Barter of Brisbane based design firm [toughproblem].[1. toughproblem provided the services on a pro bono basis in support of the shared goals of the Co-Design Network, though the Centre covered their travel to, and accommodation in, Canberra.]The...
The Public Sector Innovation Network Co-ordination group has been busy developing event ideas for Innovation Month 2014.Based on your input, here are some concepts and working titles we have developed:The Innovation Summit (working title)Likely a one day event focussing on how the public sector can, and is, becoming more innovative. The Summit will be a combination of talks from thought leaders and sharing of departmental case studies.From Little Things, Big Things GrowHow little ideas can have...