24 February 2011

DotGovLabs: Innovation Hub

Just been sent details of this website which is designed to provide "a virtual space enabling digital innovation of public services."

The philosophy of the Innovation Hub will help you learn more about how the hub brings together users, innovators, investors and government to shape and build radical digital solutions to social challenges. The Innovation Hub provides new ways to collaborate. Finding solutions to social challenges and breaking down barriers

Here is the link: https://dotgovlabs.direct.gov.uk/Page/Home

So it is a place to find out more ideas on how to deliver public services in innovative ways. Please visit!

(Thanks to Noel Hatch for the invitation)

23 February 2011

Do you know where you smalls are?

Regular readers of my ramblings will know I run two blogs: one about leading change and development from a whole systems perspective and this one about the small and creative ideas that are making a difference in the public and third sectors.

I am posting this - just to remind people that this blog has over 300 ideas for how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local services.

This blog is:
  • Totally free
  • Totally searchable
  • Totally open to more ideas being added!
In these stringent times - there may just a few small ideas in here to help you reduce costs while still maintaining or even improving services.

The blog also stands up for public service organisations 'home growing' their own improvements rather than spending buckets of dosh on consultants who borrow your watch, tell you the time, keep the watch and slip a needle in to carry on drawing blood too.

And this links back to my other abiding interest: leadership. What are leaders doing or should be doing... (apart from not signing cheques for large consultancy contracts that add no value) to foster the necessary levels of engagement / verve / commitment / creativity (even in these austere times) amongst public service staff?

Answers on a postcard - or better still - please post them on the parallel post on my other blog here


10 February 2011

A festival of ideas

News from the Innovation Unit of exciting developments in Leeds:

Local authorities helping innovators

Yesterday, Innovation Unit hosted its tenth Festival of Ideas in partnership with Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership looking at greening public services. In the room, were senior colleagues from local authorities across the Yorkshire and Humber region, social investors who work closely with innovators from the community and voluntary sector and eight innovation projects working to green our public services...

Full story here