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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Updates

Applications open for 2019 Learning Programme in Australia & NZ

Find out about our new six-month programme starting in April, which is open to any City, State or Federal government agency in the region.

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Retrospective

Becoming a government search-up: Colombia's innovation team

We talk to Colombia's public innovation team about how they've developed their role and working with States of Change.

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Provocation

Experimentation for all: Investing in what kind of organisational capacity?

InWithForward's Sarah Schulman on why we need more experimentation in the social sector to improve citizen outcomes.

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Retrospective

Lab Legacies #2: How to position an innovation lab

In our second debate, Chelsea Mauldin from Public Policy Lab and Giulio Quaggiotto from Climate-KIC joined Jesper Christiansen for a wide-ranging conversation on positioning an innovation lab to have the largest impact on government.

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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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