weekly bits of interest

Welcome in April with an appreciation of ample articles to admire.First, an article that demonstrates why human-centred design is so important in policy-making and policy implementation with good examples from around the world.This is a list of traits to follow if you want to be Australia's least innovative company.  A good example of what not to do.New Zealand's government plans to implement artificial intelligence (AI) to provide an interface to interact with it's...
Welcome to our winter warmersUser-centred design has come a long way in the Australian Public Service, but agile methodologies have lagged behind.Government can never be as agile or innovative as a startup, but there is still a lot the public service can learn from startup approaches.Have you ever innovated for the sake of it? Is it something that should be encouraged or discouraged?Eight myths that cost innovation.  Preventing these myths will promote an innovation-friendly organisation....
After a long break, the Weekly Bits are back!  Here are this weeks offerings:The internal innovation at Google is examined in this article. The article examines how Google is innovating in Deep Learning.Sometimes just a slightly different way of thinking is required.  Why measure oceanographic indicators from expensive floats when seals are already there and can do the job for you.Here are what the most innovative cities around the world are doing to stay ahead of the game....
Welcome in May with some marvellous, meaty morsels.The OECD has released a beta model of core skills that build the capacity and capabilities for government officials to innovate.  The skills models focuses on six "core skills" including iteration, data literacy, user centricity, curiosity, storytelling and insurgency.This article discusses the mythical idealized future state and how it can be used in innovation to plan your ideal future.Four things you should know...
With the first week of Innovation Month 2017 well underway, these weekly bits of interest reflect our theme Iā€™m Making It Happen. Policy makers are making it happen in Bangladesh by rethinking workflows, increasing collaboration and using an empathy driven methodology to drive public sector reform and delivery innovative solutions to communities in need.On the other side of the world, Canada has committed $1.26 billion (CAN) to support Canadian Innovation, skills development and growth through...
Welcome to another wonderful, weekly wondering of why.To start off the week, the first article explains 'design Darwinism', the process of incremental changes to achieve improvement in design. It also explains why we should be careful of design Darwinism as it can identify problems, but not always solve them.This woman led an open government revolution by running a digital social network that allows international communities to discuss problems in other countries. Democracy Earth...
Welcome in winter with some warming words.  This week we have an Artificial Intelligence (AI) special.Japan is using AI to help maintain their utility infrastructure, by using big data to determine where predictive maintenance is required.One of the benefits of AI is not that we may produce something that is a better faster version of the human brain, but something that is foreign and can examine our world through a different lens. This may force us to think differently and help us to...
Welcome to another Weekly Bits of InterestTo start the week off a story about how a council in Melbourne supported it's pensioners by installing solar panels on their roofs with no upfront costs.  An innovative solution to the increased costs of power in that area.This is a letter from the CEO of Amazon on their "obsessive customer focus" and how high-velocity decision making has enabled them to remain innovative and responsive while growing into a large corporation....
Welcome to the weekly bits of interestA nice article from the OECD about how public sector organisations innovate. This blog refers to their work on the report Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector.Here are six things in common that corporate giants, startups and world class labs do differently and why they lead the way in innovation. Four things that you should know about about Blockchain.Korea is exploring the options of using blockchain in it's shipping industry to track...
This week's bits of interestHere is a blog post that looks out how some of the most successful collaboration partnerships come from organisations that are usually different. Think about the quote: "Everyone lifting the same corner of a heavy table doesn't make it easier to move".This article discusses the percolation of innovation throughout organisations and some of the common pitfalls associated with Innovation Chiefs. A joint public-...