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Some recent developments and articles of interest: The conclusions from the OECD's November 2014 conference 'Innovating the Public Sector: from Ideas to Impact' have been published, as well as links to some of the presentations and video Steven VanRoekel, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID reflects on innovation and technology in the public service. "The impact you can have in government—to drive positive outcomes for Americans or people around the world— is just unlimited. It is a life adventure...
We're back with the weekly bits of interest posts for 2014. Some recent developments and articles of interest: 15 teams have started with the UK Public Service Launchpad Accelerator, an intensive 14 week programme to support public sector related start ups. "£375,000 of investment has been made available by the Cabinet Office and The Accord Group for turning these public service innovation projects into sustainable businesses, with £9,400 of seed investment for each team founder and up to £50,...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: The new APS Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design is recruiting for an office manager. Applications are due 16 August 2012 Have you got ideas about how the National Broadband Network might help improve the services of your government agency? You might want to consult "Using the NBN to improve government service delivery: A practical guide for government agencies" Asher Moses looks at some of the apps being developed and used by local...
Developments and articles of interest from the last week: Craig Thomler looks at the question of how agencies can manage the competing tensions and time-frames for responses in a social media world - the public sector responsibilities of deliberative, considered and comprehensive vs the need to be quick and responsive in social media channels. Innovation is helped by diverse perspectives. Mark Miller discusses the value of cognitive diversity for innovation and the need for the innovation...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: This week is Public Sector Week in Victoria. "Public Sector Week provides thought challenging professional development and promotes the role and achievements of the public sector among the broader community." Jon Gertner looks at the involvement of technologists and the use of startup approaches in the US Government How do Ombudsmen and Audit Offices affect public sector innovation? Wouter van Acker shares some research insights. "In conclusion...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: Liane Davey reminds us that the status quo is risky, too. "It’s now common practice to manage risk with heightened awareness, disciplined processes, and due diligence. Unfortunately, we are more likely to apply these tools to evaluate the risk of changing than to evaluate the risk of staying the same. If your teammates are anchoring your business in the past, it’s your responsibility to help them see the risk of the status quo." The Department...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: Nesta and MindLab have collaborated on a report 'Innovation in policy: allowing for creativity, social complexity and uncertainty in public governance'. "This paper aims to frame discussion between policymakers, researchers and practitioners around the dilemmas and challenges involved in developing policymaking practices that can respond productively to the current crisis, state of uncertainty and wicked character of public problems. This...
Developments and articles of interest from the last week: Sometimes the best innovations can be the most fun! ProRail (the Dutch rail maintenance company) have come up with a simple but efficient way to ‘accelerate transit’ The British government has waded into the IP debate and is looking to ‘enact significant changes to copyright law, including orphan works reforms and the introduction of new copyright exceptions’. [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth...
Developments and articles of interest from the last week: The public service is often accused of being too risk averse when it comes to innovation. With any innovation or new approach there needs to be a consideration of the benefits as well as the risks. In this post Craig Thomler looks at some of the legal benefits of engaging with social media. In this piece Dr Tim Kastelle from the University of Queensland looks at three different ways that organisations can fail at innovation - ignoring...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: The GovHack award winners have been announced Are you involved with digital transformation? Then Scott Anthony argues that you should learn to code. "Leaders ascend to their positions by mastering today’s (or even yesterday’s) business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst...