Weekly bits of interest - 9 May 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest:

  • How might you prepare for a future of artificial intelligence? The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will co-host four workshops "over the coming months on topics in AI to spur public dialogue on artificial intelligence and machine learning and identify challenges and opportunities related to this emerging technology."

  • Tim Kastelle looks at the differences between discovery and execution for a new idea. "Business-as-usual works for execution problems, but for discovery problems we have to invent a new business-as-usual. This means that uncertainty is much higher, because we don’t know what will work. This is fine to admit within a startup, but often dangerous in established organisations, where giving the illusion of false certainty is often viewed as less risky than honestly discussing the likelihood of success."

  • David Donaldson asks are government behavioural insights trials ethical?

  • How might human-centred design allow governments to do more with less? Emily Bazalgette shares some lessons from work with Armenia. "For all the good work, though, there is scepticism among civil servants. One of the biggest barriers is the fear that human-centred design won’t be able to solve the problems Armenia faces. But Kolba Lab, the EU and FutureGov believe design thinking, research, and prototyping are the fundamental elements of innovation. Involving citizens in the design and testing of ideas leads to new solutions that make radical, impactful changes at scale, and save money in the process."

  • Vijay Govindarajan and Hylke Faber discuss how managing change is really about managing fear. "In our work with leaders we’ve found that managing successful transformational change has a lot to do with managing fear. This includes fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of change, or even fear of fear itself. This is especially true when making bold changes — the kind of change that could take an organization to a whole new level of performance, or, out of a paralyzing tailspin. The bolder the change, the bigger the fear, as fear is our resistance to change."

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