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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Field notes

Building a speedboat: An NGO experience of public sector innovation

Chris Plumridge, one of the States of Change learning programme participants in Victoria, reflects on how being a so called “gatecrasher” is paving the way for rewriting the script when it comes to government stereotypes.

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Updates

Introducing our new debate series: Lab Legacies

Join us on October 4th for our new debate series on innovation craft and lab politics, featuring two former government innovation lab leaders - Marco Steinberg (Helsinki Design Lab) and Juan Felipe Lopez (Laboratorio de Gobierno).

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Provocation

Forget about impact: Let’s be honest about systems change

In this provocation piece, Dutch innovation organisation Kennisland argue for a greater focus on systems change over impact to drive change in public and social innovation.

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Concepts

Practice-based R&D for public innovation

How we're working with practitioners to generate new insights through collaborative R&D activities.

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Field notes

Busting scams with Crime Stoppers Victoria

One of our States of Change Victoria teams share how they're reframing problems and putting users first.

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Provocation

Government innovation and the failure fixation

Why does innovation in government so often focus on failure and the risk aversion of the public service? Sam Hannah-Rankin, Director of Public Sector Innovation in the Victorian State Government, argues that we need to embrace failure in order to learn what works.

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Field notes

Building a global learning collective: our experience in Canada so far

In our recent training week in Canada, we explored how to bring the experience of a global collective into our learning programme

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Field notes

How government can recruit innovative talent

Dave Seliger, formerly of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation, shares his tips for finding the right staff.

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Field notes

States of Change Victoria: Paying forward the ‘ah-ha’ moments

Our 10 public servant teams finish up their training and head back to their organisations to spread new ways of working.

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