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Innovation was not only the theme but also the modus operandi of the OECD Conference which brought together over 300 participants from over forty countries from the public, private, academic and civil society sectors.

 

 

 

 

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Conference Overview

Day 1 (12 November 2014)


Opening Plenary: Setting the Scene

The conference opened with introductory remarks from senior public leaders on the role of innovation in transforming government and enabling better outcomes for society.

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Workshop 1: Designing and Prototyping Public Services (Organised in collaboration with Nesta)

This workshop looked at the role that design and prototyping can play in developing more innovative public services, providing participants with a taste of how they can be used practically in their own work.

Nesta - Designing and Prototyping 

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Workshop 2: Disruptive Approaches for Digital Innovation Organised in collaboration with Futurs Publics, Public service innovation Lab, France

This workshop looked at the role of digital and new technologies in modernising public services and in creating disruptive ways for service delivery. 

Presentations:

Futurs Publics – Educational use of digital technologies in schools

Pole Emploi – Employment

Barbara Ubaldi, OECD - Encouraging open data in governments

Christian Quest - Openstreetmap

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Innovation Talks : Sharing Innovative Experiences from Around the World

During this session, speakers shared their own ideas and experiences for overcoming the challenges and achieving impact with innovation.

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Workshop 3: Innovation Labs Organised in collaboration with Mindlab, Denmark

This workshop looked at how innovation labs can support innovation and drew on the experiences of governments, looking at the different models of labs and the practical considerations when establishing one.

Presentations:

Nesta, Jo Casebourne - i-teams

Marco Steinberg - Snowcone & Haystack

Mindlab - Innovation Labs

Paul Maltby - About Policy Lab

Stephanie Wade - Improving the US Government with Human-Centered Design

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Workshop 4: Beyond Innovation Awards?

This workshop looked at the role and value of innovation awards by hearing directly from the winner of an innovation award about the consequences for their project, learning about the trends and patterns that awards can help to identify, and most of all through sharing experiences with countries with different types of innovation awards.

Presentations:

Sanford Borins - Beyond Innovation Awards?

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Plenary: Public sector innovation - An External Perspective

External commentators from different walks of life provided their thoughts on the day’s discussions, highlighting their observations about public sector innovation, what they have heard and the challenges ahead.

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Day 2 (13 November 2014)


Opening Plenary: Driving Innovation - the Role of Innovation Strategies

During this fireside chat, senior leaders reflected on their country’s experiences in fostering innovation, sharing personal insights and advice for other government leaders.

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Breakout 1: Government Capacity for Innovation

This session addressed issues such as how to achieve culture change, get buy in from leaders, develop a workforce with the skills and competencies for innovation and ensure that innovation has the space and resources necessary to succeed.

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Breakout 2: Partnering for Innovation

This session discussed examples of the public sector partnering with different actors from the public sector, civil society and the private sector, identifying the challenges and benefits it can bring.

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Breakout 3: Knowledge sharing for Innovation

This session discussed the rationale for developing knowledge networks on innovation within and across levels of government; the challenges faced during designing and development; the use of information communication technologies to enable a collaborative environment for knowledge sharing; and the implications for the work of the OECD Observatory.

Presentation:

Breakout 3 - Knowledge Sharing for Innovation, Eko Prasojo

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Plenary Session: Expert Panel on Innovative Government – the Art of Innovation

Drawing on OECD analysis, leading experts discussed ‘The Innovation Imperative – A Call for Action’ setting out priorities to strengthen the public sector’s capacity for innovation.

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Presentation:

OECD - The art of innovation

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Closing Plenary: Ministerial Panel

The ministerial panel discussed recommendations for increasing government’s innovative capacity, highlighting what they see to be the priorities and challenges.

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Documents:

‌Agenda (English/French)

Who's Who of Speakers

Building Organisational Capacity for
Public Sector Innovation: Background Paper
Executive Summary (English/French)

The Innovation Imperative: A Call to Action
(English/French)

Photographs