Weekly bits of interest - 12 July 2010

Some interesting articles from the past week:

  • In this post Dr Tim Kastelle from the University of Queensland looks at the need for organisations to concentrate on an overall innovation system, rather than just a single solution. "Don’t look for the silver bullet, one-size-fits-all solution to create innovation within your organisation. There isn’t one. Instead, work on building the multiple capabilities that are needed to make innovation work.... You need to try a bunch of stuff, see what works, and do more of that." [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Tim Kastelle 10 July 2010 "Why You Need an Innovation System"  http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/07/why-you-need-an-innovation-system/] In Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service we outline a range of possible initiatives and suggest that agencies consider which of them can best be adapted to the innovation needs of that organisation.

  • The US Veteran Affairs Department has used an internal competition to identify the best ideas for improving its operations and services.

  • In this piece Geoff Mulgan of the Young Foundation looks at the challenges in scaling up a promising innovation. He considers a possible institutional solution for identifying and backing those with the most merit.

  • Thomas Gegenhuber of the Wikinomics blog considers how governments can ensure that crowdsourcing initiatives are not captured by particular stakeholder groups or niche views.

  • In this piece Jeffrey Phillips of the Innovate on Purpose blog counsels against letting possible constraints limit your innovation thinking. "Rather that take as a starting point our existing situation and all of the constraints as givens, as innovators we need to think about innovation as the art, not of the possible, but of the improbable or even the impossible." [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Jeffrey Phillips 8 July 2010 "Innovation: The Art of the Improbable or Impossible" http://innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com/2010/07/innovation-art-of-improbable-or.html]

Please feel free to note any other interesting public sector innovation related developments or articles from the past week in the comments.