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

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

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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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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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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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

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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