Dip into Public Sector Innovation
There are a growing number of examples of innovation happening within different governments. One very interesting example is the MindLab that is part of the national government of Denmark. Watch this video of the lead at MindLab, Christian Bason, talking about the process and the impact of his work.
Closer to home, the government of British Columbia formed a special Advisory Committee on Social Innovation in 2011. This tri-sectoral committee released recommendations to support the work of social entrepreneurs and social innovators in BC. Read this report, which outlines the recommendations going forward from this ground-breaking initiative, to see what’s possible when government collaborates differently to support social change.
To implement the action plan above the Council proposed the creation of the BC Partners for Social Impact. Co-Chair of this initiative is Molly Harrington, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, BC. Molly recently joined a webinar with SiG to discuss where public sector innovation and social innovation meet.
If you’re involved in social change activities, then you may need to engage in, or connect to, efforts to create policy change and to support innovation in government. In this short video, Sean Moore, SiG Fellow and Founder of the Advocacy School explains the value of policy advocacy and encourages individuals and organizations to build the necessary knowledge, skills and relationships to perform this role effectively.
Moore explains what public policy advocacy is and why it’s important to public sector innovation.
The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) was the world’s first municipal agency designed to innovate solutions to climate change. Over the years they have refined their approach, adopting an innovation framework to find partners and scale their impact beyond the Greater Toronto Area.