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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Concepts

Think about it: Making the case (and space) for reflection

The habit of reflection can increase the innovation capacity of public sector workers - we discuss why and how.

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Retrospective

The challenge of innovation pilots

How can we go beyond “innovation theatre” and reports doomed for oblivion, and instead use innovation pilots to accelerate learning? Colombia's Public Innovation team & Nesta's Innovation Skills team share their lessons learned.

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Retrospective

The Alberta CoLab: the uncut edition

Five years after its launch, Alberta Colab director Keren Perla reflects on how at the height of its success, the lab decided to reinvent its business model.

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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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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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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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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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