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

What we learned from running our pilot learning programme

Pilots don’t have to be perfect. But if we learn the lessons we can from them we can improve the next version.

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Concepts

What does craftsmanship in public innovation look like?

By thinking about public servants as craftsmen and women, we can develop their skills in a more rounded way.

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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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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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