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 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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Provocation

Lab Legacies #4: Lab business models

Keren Perla of Alberta Colab and Javier Guillot of Colombia's innovation team share how they've redesigned their innovation lab models.

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Provocation

Lab Legacies #3: The value of a lab

We spoke to Andrea Siodmok and Stephanie Wade about the different ways we can value the role of an innovation lab.

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Concepts

Proof of concept, prototype, pilot, MVP – what’s in a name?

We explain what these four methods for testing and developing solutions mean and the differences between them.

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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

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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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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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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