Weekly Bits of Interest - 5 September 2011

Developments and articles of interest from the last week:

  • Norway has released its first strategy on innovation that emphasises the need for more innovation in the public sector and the importance of a broad national knowledge base. Will be exciting to see what developments happen there in the Public Sector Innovation Space.

  • A thought provoking piece on Innovation Excellence about the ‘Innovation Gap’. Tim Kastelle writes “any time you have a gap between where you currently are and where you want to be, you have to innovate. You can’t bridge these gaps by simply doing more of what you’re currently doing.” [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Innovation Excellence “Mind the Innovation Gap” Accessed 2 September 2011 at http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2011/08/31/mind-the-innovation-...

  • Something a bit different. Government Technology has an article about 5 Emerging Technologies soon to hit the Government Market. A little bit pie-in-the sky right now but worth noting and thinking about how some of these technologies could change the game completely in the same way smartphones have changed the way we deliver public services.

  • At Innovation Unit, Dr. Alison Prendiville analyses the success of Love Lewisham ‘a website specially developed to address particular community problems such as environmental crime, fly tipping and graffiti.’ [2. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Innovation Unit by Dr. Alison Prendiville “Love Lewisham: A Service Analysis of Public Sector Innovation” Accessed 2 September 2011 at http://www.innovationunit.org/blog/201108/love-lewisham-service-analysis...

  • Speaking of public services, Phillip Colligan, the executive director of NESTA’s Public Services Lab writes ‘What does it mean to design public services?”


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