Innovating in the Public Sector

In Leadership and Organisational Change, Policy and Strategy by Amanda Anderson

Duration: 1 week
Dates: 2 to 6 September 2024
Tuition fees: £2,390 (exc. VAT)

About the workshop
Ministers, Department Heads and individual public sector policy makers and managers are having to deal with the ever-growing challenge of dealing with new, complex and systemic societal and organisational problems that simply cannot be dealt with or solved using classic, existing government practices, processes, tools and ways of thinking.

The world of policy makers, programme providers and managers is crying out for innovation – new ideas, policies, approaches, services, products and ways of doing things. Yet, being innovative in the public sector can carry significant risks.

How can you change the culture of your organisation and your colleagues – and even your managers and decision-makers – from one of “accepting the status quo” and “doing things right” to one of “challenging the status quo” and to doing “new right things in new ways”?

This workshop is designed as an integrated, experiential one-week “Policy/Innovation Laboratory” where the latest theories, models, innovation tools, processes and best practices are presented and immediately applied to “real-life” situations (brought by you, the participants) in order to develop new perspectives, insights and possibilities.

How participants will benefit
The workshop will enable you to:
• Acquire a range of innovation processes, concepts and tools and apply them in real-life situations
• Better identify the barriers to innovation in your own work environment and to develop ways to overcome them
• Identify your own innovation strengths and weaknesses and become a better, more natural and instinctive innovator
• Develop some concrete innovation solutions and approaches to innovation challenges in your own work environment.

What the workshop will cover
Within the overall structure and flow of the week’s “Policy/Innovation Lab”, we will cover, discuss, apply and explore in small groups and in plenary the following:
• Classic and customized innovation processes
• System-viewing and stakeholder analysis and inclusion
• Changing perspectives and creating innovation spaces
• Development of the traits of being an innovator
• Social Presencing Techniques; Art of Hosting techniques
• Innovation tools such as 3D & 4D Mapping and Sculptures
• Prototyping and piloting
• Overcoming the risks of and barriers to innovation
• Innovative “life-mapping” and action planning

A wide array of innovative learning techniques will be used to explore these topics.