Weekly bits of interest - 28 March 2011

Developments and articles of interest from the last week:

  • The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) recently released a paper "The Future Course of Modern Government: An IPAA Policy Paper" that made some recommendations relating to innovation in government. One of these (in line with recommendation 8 of Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service) was that "The Government should accelerate the development of a Mindlab initiative in the public sector to create a shared space and a set of tools and skilled resources that can sustain a program of innovation in services, program design and organizational change."[1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From IPAA "The Future Course of Modern Government: An IPAA Policy Paper" March 2011 accessed at http://www.ipaa.org.au/_dbase_upl/WEB_Policy%20Paper.pdf]

  • The Victorian Government Department of Justice has released a social media policy video. Are there any other examples of policy done by video? 

  • In this post Jeffrey Phillips outlines his 8 point checklist for determining if an idea has innovation merit.

  • John Baldoni provides some advice on using stories to persuade, including knowing your message, finding the right example, and convey passion.

  • Recently a Global Services Jam involving over 100o participants in 50 locations around the world was held to come up with new service designs inspired by the keyword superheroes. Innovation jams were identified by Empowering Change as a potentially useful tool for supporting the innovation process.

As always, please feel free to identify any other developments or articles of interest in the comments below.