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Some recent developments and articles of interest: Martin Wolf reviews a new book, The Entrepreneurial State, which argues that the state is the source of many innovations that are then exploited by the private sector Tim Kastelle reminds us that innovation is about people. "Even in our wired world, innovation travels on two legs." The US Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum 'Next steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda'. Amongst other things the memorandum "Invites...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: Does financial austerity help innovation in the public sector? Erin Millar in The Globe and Mail looks at the experience of some Canadian public sector organisations. "Could subjecting the public sector to the constraints of budget cuts stimulate creativity? How can public sector organizations encourage the type of creativity that could solve these daunting problems?"[1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth...
Developments and articles of interest from the last week: The Australian Government has released a revised data.gov.au site. You can use the site to suggest other datasets that could be included, commenting on the datasets up there, and provide feedback on the site. More information can be seen in the announcement by Special Minister of State, Gary Gray. In this piece, Rob Cross cautions on how to use social media networks to improve your network. " Bigger is not better. The magic lies in the...
The sixth meeting of the Innovation Champions was hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs at Trade's (DFAT) innovationXchange (iXC) many thanks to Lisa Rauter (First Assistant Secretary and Head of iXc) and Ewen Macdonald (Deputy Secretary) of DFAT for hosting this meeting.We are getting into a good rhythm; providing a forum for leaders to share knowledge and develop collaborative projects for trial across the APS, consider and advance ideas from the PSIN, and lead APS-wide activity to...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's development innovation hub has been launched under the name innovationXchange. "innovationXchange will test and drive new and exciting technologies, ideas and partnerships that can be embedded across the Department. Supported with $140 million over four years, particular attention will be given to leveraging new sources of financing to catalyse new approaches to development and enhance Australia’s...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: Tim Kastelle shares his recent experience of learning from a big mistake. "Learning from mistakes is a key innovation skill.  If you do it by design, we call it experimenting.  If it’s just random, it’s a mistake.  In either case, it’s the learning that provides the value and makes us better" Geoff Mulgan from Nesta recently wrote about the use of design in public and social innovation. "At their best design methods and design thinking catalyse...
Can you help us identify what information sharing forums and inter-agency networks exist across the APS?One of the first activities we have been undertaking as part of the new Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design is to try and map out the innovation and design ecosystem within which the Centre lives. Part of that task includes identifying what channels there are for how information (including ideas) moves through and beyond the APS and where various capabilities lie.We know there are...
Developments and articles of interest from the last week: Tim Kastelle has revised his innovation matrix. The 'reloaded' matrix provides a description of the different stages of innovation competence and commitment for organisations, and may be a useful tool in helping to think about the innovation path that an agency may need to take. "Steering Capital: Optimizing Financial Support for Innovation in Public Education" - a recent report on innovation and how to improve the provision of capital...
Some interesting articles from the past week: This piece looks at some of the reasons that innovation efforts can fail in organisations. Just as with any individual innovation, attention needs to be paid to sustaining an innovation drive and ensuring it 'sticks'. This piece provides some tips for change agents. As the piece notes, making change happen can be difficult and it is valuable to think about the broader context and what you may need to do to support the case for change.  In this post...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: Western Australia has released its first whole of government Open Data Policy This week will see LabWorks 2015 being held in London. Piret Tõnurist, Rainer Kattel, and Veiko Lember take a look at the rise of innovation labs in the public sector. "In sHow do you create a network for the innovation minded? Beth Noveck and Andrew Young share the results of a GovLab experiment to build a Network of Innovatorsum, with ICT revolution spreading...