Stories

We understand the challenges of putting innovation into practice in government, and so our aim is to inspire action by sharing stories and real-life experiences from public innovators across the world. Explore these and updates from the collective below.

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Retrospective

Why people matter: Canada’s Free Agents programme

Nine insights from the Canadian federal government’s experiment in HR innovation.

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Updates

SoC Canada: The value and challenges of ‘trial and error’

The challenges - both practical and emotional - that embracing a process of iteration and possible failure can bring.

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Concepts

Engineering serendipity in public sector innovation labs

Glen Mehn, Head of Development Innovation at Nesta talks all things serendipity, and gives some practical advice on how innovation labs and teams can make the most of happy accidents.

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Retrospective

Lab Legacies #1: The politics of government innovation

We spoke to Marco Steinberg and Juan Felipe Lopez about the politics, pitfalls and challenges of innovation in government.

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Updates

SoC Victoria: Reflecting on a reflection retreat

We took the public servant participants out of their usual environment to pause, reflect and consider their role in the broader transformation of the Victorian public sector.

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Field notes

Musings of a GC Entrepreneur and 8 reflections on States of Change

Cedric Jean-Marie, one of the Government of Canada Entrepreneurs’ taking part in the States of Change programme in Canada, reflects on his learning journey so far.

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Field notes

Project teams take the stage in States of Change Victoria

Watch our ten project teams share their learnings and what being involved in the programme has meant to them so far.

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Field notes

States of Change Victoria: Transitions, strategic serendipity and personal innovation

States of Change Victoria participant Abby Graham reflects on her approach to taking part in the innovation learning programme as one of 10 project teams.

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Concepts

Four levels of public innovation maturity

Joeri van den Steenhoven introduces his maturity levels to demonstrate the readiness of government to successfully engage in innovation and offer guidance on practical action.

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