"Taking a portfolio approach to experimentation means selecting a varied set of experiments based on their potential impact and mission alignment as well as their ability to generate new knowledge" A cookbook for systems change.
Could a New European Bauhaus help create an inclusive, democratic and sustainable future? As long as it avoids inadvertent competition in an age that requires deep collaboration, then Mariana Mazzucato, Rowan Conway, Christian Bason, and Dan Hill think so.
Interesting review of the TSI placed-based innovation hub including a four layered model for how they work (pdf). Thanks Penny, always inspiring.
A summary on the ways to grow R&D capabilities within social purpose organisations (probably applies in the public sector too). Thanks Jason.
On lived experience. "This work is relational. It includes shifting mindsets, perceptions, cultural practices, habits and values. Without such profound shifts, changes in structures and policies may not be sustained over time".
"Relationships are the unit of change" writes Alex Roberts from OPSI and he's on the lookout for the public sector innovation networks you rely on for support and advice. (Includes cute drawings).
The 27th Region have been exploring the shape resilience is taking across the public sector and uncovered 17 leads to bolster it. They are looking to speak to others exploring the theme of resilience.
Technology isn’t a must when it comes to social innovation, Sascha Haselmayer curated an issue of The Commons all related to the idea of the slow lane of social change.
GovLab is launching a free online programme called ‘solving public problems’ to teach “the equitable innovation skills needed to become more effective and legitimate changemakers.”
Emma Blomkamp is running a co-design bootcamp for designers and social innovators wanting to nurture their participatory practice. Begins 25 February.
Bored of reading reports? Try a concert. SIX hosted 50 workshops on social innovation and asked 4 artists to distil the stories and findings into a half hour of original music. How lovely. 19 February.
A panda rolling around in the snow to Wuthering Heights or the sound of forests from around the world. Your call.
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