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...
Is the ability to tell stories, to use narrative to communicate rather than just evidence, given enough attention in the public service? Do we rely too much on dry data to make the case for change?On Wednesday 6 June Professor Sandford Borins from the University of Toronto tackled these questions when he gave a public lecture entitled 'Old and new stories: narrative and innovation in public management'.A narrative in fiction, a recounting of a set of events that provide a rationale and...
The APS Policy Visualisation Network is holding its next meeting on 22nd August. The presentations will be telecast to all participating States and Territory. These presentations will be followed by a short workshop to introduce participants to design thinking in a policy context.The meeting will be introduced by Brian Pink, the Australian Statistician.We have presentations from:  Allan Smith OBE, founder of the Data Visualisation Centre at the UK Office for National Statistics. Mitchell...
Can you guess the top three twitter countries in the world? OK, number one is pretty easy, it’s the USA. No surprises there. Number two, though, may surprise you. I don’t think too many would guess Brazil. And I think almost no-one would guess number three – it’s Indonesia. It shouldn’t be a surprise really given the population size.How about the biggest twitter city in the world? New York? Los Angeles? Sao Paulo? Nope, it’s Jakarta, which just happens to have been the venue for the 1st Asian...
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 came from federal, state and territory governments delivering services to a diverse spectrum of the community.The Victorian Department of Human Services’,...
Last week we hosted a DeepDive workshop with Bill Eggers, in conjunction with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and the HC Coombs Policy Forum. Bill Eggers is Global Director for Deloitte Research and Executive Director of Deloitte’s Public Leadership Institute and his recent books on innovation include The Public Innovator’s Playbook, Government 2.0, Governing by Network and If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government. The DeepDive was an intensive...
On 25 September the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM...
How is government a social machine? What’s involved in the National Flood Risk Information Project? How do we communicate Australia’s brand overseas?These were some of the questions addressed in four presentations at the first 2014 Policy Visualisation Network meeting, held at the offices of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (in Canberra and by video-conference to the other capital cities).My attempt at a quick recap of each of the four speakers follows, with links to their presentations[1....
Who likes failure? Who likes admitting that they’ve failed?These were some of the questions that inspired the first Innovation Month 2014 “Uncomfortable Ideas” lunchtime series topic “Failure: is it the dirty word that we can all learn from”.Failure is a topic that comes up a lot – and it’s not something that public servants tend to be relaxed and comfortable about. Yet as Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac, recently said “How are you going to learn and how are you going to innovate unless you fail?...
In October, I wrote about our investigations into the development of a MindLab-like space in the Australian Government. Well, week-before-last we were fortunate to spend some time with the head of the Danish MindLab, Christian Bason, who was in Australia as part of the Social Innovator Dialogues. This was our chance to find out how MindLab works and get Christian’s thoughts on how it might be applied in the Australian context.Christian’s visit to Canberra involved a number of activities...