A debate about uncertainty, held in the heart of certainty

OPSI Events, Systems thinking

On the 28th of February, policy makers, systems thinkers, designers, academics and others convened in Paris for an all day workshop discussing new ways to address public challenges marked by complexity and ambiguity inherent to many policy fields today. This deep look at uncertainty sits in the context of OECD’s efforts to adapt its advisory capacity and develop new approaches to respond to these changed circumstances. In a world where social and economic phenomena are hard to anticipate let alone to understand, what is the role of evidence and expert advice in shaping public policies? Serendipitously, that same day, David …

World Government Summit: a Quick Recap

OPSI Events, Trends

There’s been a flurry of activity at OPSI over the past few weeks. While we’ve been working to pull together a systems thinking workshop that we will be hosting in Paris tomorrow, a few of us made our way to Dubai to attend the 2017 World Government Summit in order to launch our latest report: Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends. We had the opportunity to meet innovators from all over the world, and hear fascinating insights on the future of government and innovation. As we’ve blogged about before, OPSI worked closely with the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for …

Launched Today – Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends

OPSI Events, Trends

Over the last year, we have been working in partnership with the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) to conduct a global review of ways governments are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their people though innovation. We have conducted extensive research into innovation trends and examples in OECD member countries and non-members alike, as well as a two-month open “Call for Innovations” to identify examples of innovative practices in governments worldwide. Today, we are happy to publish the culmination of this work, Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends, at the World Government Summit in …

What’s in store for the OPSI in 2017?

OPSI Events, OPSI

Bonne année. Gott nytt år. Frohes neues Jahr. 明けましておめでとうございます. Feliz año nuevo. Szczęśliwego nowego roku. Happy New Year! The OPSI team hopes that you have had a great start to 2017. In 2016 our team grew from two to six people. We launched off a number of projects under our Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission. And we ran a global call for innovation projects to feed into our forthcoming review of the latest trends in government innovation in partnership with the World Government Summit run by the Government of the United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for …

A Nationwide Celebration: UAE Innovation Week

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

It began with an announcement, when His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AlNahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, declared 2015 as the “Year of Innovation” in the country. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai then dedicated November 22-28, 2015 as UAE Innovation Week, where institutions throughout the nation would showcase their innovations. The Week was a nationwide celebration of innovation for government, the private sector, and educational institutions, involving citizens, residents, and visitors from all age groups. Emirates Post Group even issued a set of commemorative stamps in coordination …

Brazil Innovation Week: Building on the Country’s Innate Creativity

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

Innovation requires a certain amount of creativity and dynamic thinking, two qualities that come somewhat naturally in Brazil. The country’s recent Innovation Week was all about harnessing these attributes for positive change in the public sector. From November 30th and December 4th, several hundred participants embarked enthusiastically on a number of activities for Brazil’s public sector innovation week, Semana de Inovação em Gestão Pública. Held in the capital Brasília and organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Planning and the Federal Court of Accounts, in partnership with the OECD, the IDB and other national and international organizations, the Innovation Week has …

Australia Innovation Month – Engaging, Informing and Equipping Public Servants

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

If you are trying to raise awareness of innovation – both the need for it, and ways of doing it – and trying to help public servants learn about the process of innovation, how might you proceed? In Australia, we established ‘Innovation Month’ – a month long series of events and activities about innovation targeted at public servants and interested stakeholders and partners. In 2015, Innovation Month had the theme of ‘Dream, Dare, Do’ and over 70 events around the country with over 6000 participants. The aims of Innovation Month are threefold: To help raise awareness and to build engagement …

What if government made public services with citizens rather than for them?

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

On 17 June this year, the International Meetings of Public Management (IMPM) will be held in Bercy in Paris with a theme that is new for France: ‘The third sector: towards collaborative public services’. The involvement of the ‘third sector’, which is neither government nor private sector, in the provision of public services, is nothing new. Private establishments providing public services which were previously run by religious communities have for over a century played a major role in the education and healthcare fields. Civil society organisations are already fully involved in government action in the social services sector, in environmental …