I don’t exactly know what a ‘space artist’ is but it looks provocative and somewhat mind-bending. That and a whole lot more at this year’s Innovation Days.
A fascinating thread about the limits of systems thinking. Including someone’s scepticism of it expressed via the medium of a Jeff Goldblum gif.
I tend to struggle with case studies to be honest but this report is actual eye candy on some inclusive civil society innovations in cities globally. Thanks Vicky for sending in!
Throughout the pandemic there’s been a common refrain to ‘follow the science’. This paper explored whether scientists change their mind when the facts change. Answer: not easily. Confirmation bias is one helluva drug. Shame there’s no vaccine for it.
Public Policy Lab have turned 10 and have started sharing their existential angst, “It’s not that we thought we were doing low-value work. Rather, the changes we were able to create still felt trivial when we reconciled them against the larger systems in which they operate.” More of this honesty please.
Some things can’t be summed up easily and Shannon Mattern’s How to map nothing is one of them. An hour of your time well spent.
A list of levers that digital teams can use to bring about change in government that could easily apply to innovation teams too. They include a useful spectrum to those levers; from the voluntary (like good, clear comms) to the mandatory (like new rules).
A guide on why and how your country can benefit from measuring public sector innovation. Which is cool because a) it’s “open to interpretation, making it usable in different national contexts” and b) it’s a collaboration by 60 people! Great work.
The UK government has published a brief guide to Futures thinking and foresight. Full disclosure: I haven’t had a chance to read it. If it’s good/bad/amazing/terrible please let me know.
I love hearing when people get their vaccine. This guy danced a joyful dance in celebration of getting his. Completely unrelated: I see lots of ‘iceberg models’ in innovation land. You’re drawing them wrong.
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