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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The demise of government?

We know there is a problem, but the problem is we don’t know what it is says Marco Steinberg.

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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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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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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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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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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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Why improvement does not equal innovation

In the first of a new series of provocation pieces, Alex Ryan and Jerry Koh from Canadian public innovation lab MaRS Solutions Lab argue for bolder innovation ambitions that distinguish innovation from improvement.

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Exploring the unobvious: an overview

This post introduces a series of three stories from Nesta’s Innovation Skills team arguing that we need to build a more experimental culture in governments to develop better solutions, and exploring how to do so in practice.

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Exploring the unobvious: why governments need to experiment outside their comfort zone

Bureaucracies tend to explore only a small, fairly predictable subset of solutions. In this series of stories, we argue that instead they should embrace experimental practice in order to move beyond the obvious and develop better outcomes.

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