public service innovation

I was talking to one of my MBA students today about innovation the public sector. He was having problems figuring out how a government department could be innovative. How about this?

How about this?

You can innovate anywhere – but you have to want to do it. Even in situations where you face financial constraints, why not try ideas that are cheap (or free)? Innovation is executing ideas – and everyone has at least some scope to experiment. I think that everyone should make an effort to figure out how much experimental scope they have, and then start thinking about the ideas that they can try out within that space. It doesn’t matter if you’re in an organisation or a sector that isn’t innovative – there are opportunities for everyone. You just have to be willing to try things out.

(Hat tip to Dan Pink)

Student and teacher of innovation - University of Queensland Business School - links to academic papers, twitter, and so on can be found here.

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