After the thread last time about system thinking Geoff Mulgan has written about how the rhetoric of thinking systemically can be turned into action. Take that ‘analysis paralysis’!
A story of data and how you don’t know what you don’t know. Important when data is “how our leaders apprehend reality. In a sense, data are the government's reality. As a gap opened between the data that leaders imagined should exist and the data that actually did exist, it swallowed the country’s pandemic response". Ooof.
Write reports? Read this on writing them. Your readers will be grateful. “The most important work is not writing the final report; it’s the constant effort throughout the project to understand, to get to the point, and strip away distractions”.
If you are into public procurement reform like Sascha is into public procurement reform then these consultant jobs to help design and run some workshops on that topic are worth a look, and if interested add your details to this shared document.
Aly shared how they’re trying to help teams stay cohesive in a world where a lot of us still work online only; build a structure and make space for reflection. I’m not even sharing just because they publicly rated this newsletter along with some great ones.
Have you introduced something novel into the public sector and seen it have a wider impact? Time to blow your own horn in the direction of Gian who is doing a PhD and would like you to share your experiences for what looks set to be some useful research.
With your average case study “we get half the story: sanitised of missteps, triumphant over adversity, effortless”. I re-read Legible Practices and a lesson I love is project blogging (pg 75), for capturing a genuine record of what happened. Added bonus: “how can I know what I think until I see what I say?”
Oldie but a goodie, Joeri on the different levels of public innovation maturity. Speaking of immaturity, (mostly my own), he quotes Al Etmanski who compared innovation to teenage sex; “Everyone is talking about it, but few have done it. And no one is particularly good at it yet. The only way to learn is by doing it."
Maybe like Nicole, you’re hoping to take improv classes so you can style it out after another Zoom meltdown. You can actually practise your own Zoom malfunctions if you’ve avoided them so far.
The trees image for this week’s newsletter came via this awesome catalogue of free to use museum images (useful for your project blogs 😉).
If you’ve got something you’d like to share please send it my way!