Weekly bits of interest - 6 December 2010

Developments and articles of interest from the past week:

  • The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) have released a Gov 2.0 Primer. The Primer describes common scenarios when agencies can use Government 2.0 approaches and an overview of common interactive online tools such as blogs and wikis.

  • The innovation expert Gary Hamel writes about different types of innovative organisations. "If you work in a company that’s merely human—one that’s riddled with stale, conformance-inducing management practices—another chirpy anecdote about Google or Apple may make you puke. Your organization wasn’t built from the ground up to be innovative. You figure you’d have an easier time stealing Angelina from Brad (or vice versa) than turning your company into an innovation hottie—and that’s where you’d be wrong." [1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Gary Hamel ‘Who's Really Innovative' available at http://blogs.wsj.com/management/2010/11/22/whos-really-innovative/]

  • Drew Boyd writes about crowdsourcing and how it is confused with the concepts of market research and competitive bidding.

  • Nathanael Boehm looks at innovation in government (in particular, the APS). "By all means, harness the creative potential of your staff but do so in an organised way that not only draws ideas out into the spotlight but also brings to bear the means to assess and operationalise those ideas." [2. This quote is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License.]

  • The United Nations Public Service Awards process has begun. These Awards recognise excellence in public service, including innovation. Nominations have to be made by another entity than the institution being nominated. Submissions are due 31 December.

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