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Innovation in Government: The New Normal - Upcoming conference


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The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) is excited to convene innovators from around the world for a conference on Innovation in Government: The New Normal on 20-21 November 2017.

The conference will highlight insights from OPSI’s work with countries that are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their people through innovation. It will bring together government leaders, public servants, and innovative partners in industry and civil society to connect, share experiences, and collaborate.


Topics Discussed

The conference centres around four tracks that countries have identified to OPSI as being of high importance. The conference will also have dedicated spaces for “unconferences” and talks on inspiring examples and experiences. The tracks are:

  • Transforming government: Rebuilding the systems, cultures, and technology approaches for a 21st century government.  
  • Innovation methods & tools: Investigating frameworks, skills, and methods to unlock creativity and innovation, and embed them in the day-to-day work of public servants.
  • Re-imagining boundaries: Re-imagining the role of government and moving beyond the four walls of the bureaucracy.
  • Innovation for development: Innovating for sustainable development across the globe (mini-track).

A tentative agenda is available here. We will continue to update the agenda as sessions and speakers are confirmed.


Organisers and participants

The event is organised by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. OPSI is an initiative of the OECD Directorate for Public Governance.

Participation is open to government representatives, as well as experts from think tanks, agencies, civil society organisations, and other NGOs and academia interested in public sector innovation and achieving new possibilities. Participation from industry representatives may be considered on a case-by-case basis.



Individuals interested in attending the conference as asked to complete the pre-registration. The deadline for pre-registration is 20 October 2017.



Questions related to the event can be addressed to the OPSI team at



OECD Conference Centre

2, rue André Pascal
75016 Paris, France

Phone: 33 (0)1 45 24 82 00


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