Events

Innovation Month (Disrupt, Develop, Display) is fast approaching and we’ve had some queries from partners and others about what’s already planned.Here’s a rundown of some of the main events planned thus far: Monday 4 July – Innovation Month Launch – the official opening of Innovation Month Tuesday 5 July – Innovation Month Summit, Department of Health – this will be the third Innovation Month Summit and we’re expecting it to be even bigger and better this year Wednesday 13 July – Disruptive...
On Wednesday last week the Australian Public Service Commission, in partnership with the Public Sector Innovation Network, hosted ‘Shut Up and Innovate’, an event for some 300 public servants to hear about and discuss innovation.The session was facilitated by Dan Gregory (founder of The Impossible Institute, a strategic research and training company, and a regular guest on The Gruen Transfer) and had four panellists: Jack Delosa, founder of The Entourage, Australia's largest education...
We’d like to share with you the theme for Innovation Month 2016 – ‘Disrupt, Deliver, Display’.Innovation Month 2016 will run from 4-31 July and planning is already underway for a number of activities. We find it helps to have a theme that can help guide us in thinking about what events, activities or issues are explored during the month.Why this theme?We think it captures some of the key issues facing innovation in the public sector at the moment. Disrupt – there are disruptive technologies and...
In a presentation  (pdf 1.71mb) from Han Gerrits (a partner at KPMG and founder of the Innovation Factory) on Friday 12 February we heard a number of important points about how to create an innovative organisation. These included that: Innovation doesn’t come from the people that follow the rules, it comes from the mavericks You should look to increase the number of people providing you with ideas, and the diversity of the people contributing Innovation and providing ideas is something that...
What has been the experience of using design-led innovation in the US Government?On Tuesday we had the opportunity to hear from Stephanie Wade, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personnel Management.While in Canberra for a day, Stephanie met with a number of the Innovation Champions for breakfast to share her experiences, gave a public presentation kindly hosted by the Canberra Innovation Network, and met with the innovationXchange team. It was great to hear from Stephanie and I’d...
When you think of the policy process, what do you think of?For those who have studied public policy, perhaps there are fond thoughts of the policy model as a neat process of problem identification, research, consultation, development, decision making and implementation.For those who have been involved in developing policy, there may be thoughts about a more nuanced and sometimes messy process with short timeframes, contested evidence that is interpreted differently, diverse stakeholder groups...
One of the issues faced in helping coordinate a national Public Sector Innovation Network is that my colleague Rob and I are located in Canberra. Sure there are a lot of public servants here, but certainly not all of them. Getting a good sense of what’s going on in the rest of the country can be difficult.That’s why, in addition to setting up Innovation Chapters in other cities, we supported the GovCamp Innovation Dialogues as part of Innovation Month 2015. But what were they about? What did...
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...
Think big – but start small, iterate wildly and deliver quickly.That was my takeaway from hearing Paul Shetler, the new CEO of Digital Transformation Office (DTO) speak at a great IPAA Breakfast event.Paul has recently been appointed as CEO and he noted that the DTO is now officially 28 days old. Paul gave us an over view of why the DTO is here, what it is aiming to do, how it will get there, and how it will work.Some of the key points Paul covered included: People are online and companies are...
Today I had the pleasure of launching Innovation Month 2015 (‘Dream, Dare, Do’), including a video of innovations from across the Australian Public Service, and announcing some recent relevant commitments from the Secretaries Board. I’d like to share these with you.Support for InnovationI like to think of Innovation Month as an annual opportunity to take stock and consider whether a new approach might be needed.This opportunity for reflection also applies to how we support and encourage...