Weekly Bits of Interest - 29 August 2011

Developments and articles of interest from last week:

  • The Australian Government's Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government released the myregion website. Please note that this is the first release of myregion. Additional features will be developed and added over coming months. We would also appreciate your thoughts and ideas on how to improve myregion, making it more useful for you as it grows. You can make suggestions and vote on the suggestions of others using our website ideas system at www.myregion.gov.au/ideas

  • · In times when sustainability is at the forefront of policy makers minds, Jeffrey Phillips has written a thought provoking piece titled ‘Ideas –the last inexhaustible commodity?’

  • Five articles in one! Keith Sawyer summarises five articles from the July-August 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review, where the featured theme is “Collaborate: Build a culture of trust and innovation.”

  • Creativity and five wet monkeys. No, it’s nothing rude. Col. Casey Haskins, an accomplished military officer and professor atWest PointAcademy, argues that one of the biggest obstacles to creativity is a reliance on the status quo. “We do lots of stuff that we have no idea why we do it, and we don’t even bother to examine it, and in some instances, that does harm”. [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Innovation Excellence "Creativity and five wet monkeys” 26 August 2011 accessed at http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2011/08/25/creativity-and-the-f...

  • The Queensland OpenIDEO local food challenge has moved into the ‘realisation’ stage. Check out the webpage for some of the great ideas that have been generated. Maybe this platform can be used for a problem your agency is facing.

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