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On October 20 Stephanie Wade, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personnel Management visited Canberra and spoke at the Canberra Innovation Network (see our event summary). It was a great talk, but it was also notable because it was the first time that we used Periscope to live video stream an event.Until nowWe frequently get requests to live stream events from PSIN members who can't attend. However, while we'd like to, the cost and time in setting up a live stream combined with...
The dust has settled on Innovation Month 2014 and the PSIN secretariat find themselves sweeping the dirt into a little pile, and adding the water and seedlings to encourage the sprouts of what will become an even stronger, healthier, more successful Innovation Month 2015.Before we go too far down the path of that tortured analogy, it’s a good time to look back on the events that shook all that dust around. The numbers on Innovation Month 2014 are now online in this handy one-page summary (pdf...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: As part of their Global Public Leaders Series, The Guardian has interviewed Sam Pitroda, Chair of the Indian Government's National Innovation Council. "Designing a better Cartier watch; is that innovation? I don't know. What happens in this world is that when you get a good education, for example in design, you go and work for Cartier and design a watch rather than working for the government and designing low-cost housing. Although the country...
Fiscal constraint is currently a key consideration for public sector agencies around the world - how do we innovate when there are so many competing priorities for the resources of agencies?Recently David Albury, from The Innovation Unit in the UK, presented to the Executive Level Leadership Network on the issue of 'innovation in times of constraint'. I was able to attend, and hear some thoughts on public sector innovation from one of the leading thinkers in the field.Some of the key points...
One of the things I have discovered over the past three years of working on innovation is that it involves a lot of reading.Yet as we all know, information overload is now a continual risk, and particularly for those trying to add innovation to an otherwise already full schedule and constant workload. Hence we provide the weekly bits of interest posts to try and distil some of the core titbits of the vast amount written on innovation every week, and we are working to develop the Innovation...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: President Barak Obama spoke at SXSW Interactive about disrupting government. David Keene recaps. "The president came to SXSW Interactive to explain how not just government but the tech community working with government can 'disrupt government' in positive ways, and 'make government work better with technology, with digital platforms.'" Medha Basu relates how the Singaporean Government is calling for greater use of design in the public sector in...
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...