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Innovation Month is back in July, and it’ll be totally online for the first time!

This year’s theme is ‘delivering differently’, reflecting the public sector’s outcomes-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Innovation Month events are free to attend. Government and non-government organisations all around Australia host the events. Innovation Month is an APS-wide initiative dedicated to showcasing and celebrating creativity, thinking differently and trying new approaches in government. It provides an opportunity for public servants and others to explore new ideas and share innovation experiences and knowledge.

Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN) coordinates Innovation Month each year.

 

Join an Innovation Month event

You can register for events using the links below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #innovationmonth2020 and tagging @PSInnovate.

Please note all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Week 1

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Wed 1 July

11.00am

WATCH NOW - Innovation Month launch vodcast – Work with Purpose

Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT and Public Sector Innovation Network

In this special Innovation Month launch episode of IPAA’s Work with Purpose vodcast, you’ll hear from two Secretaries about creativity and collaboration in the Australian Public Service (APS).

Thu 2 July

5.00 - 6.15pm

Reimagining government: Share power

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Centre for Public Impact

Find out what experts are doing to reimagine and redefine power, and build trust in government, especially after trauma. Part of a special six-part ANZSOG webinar series.

Fri 3 July

9.00 am

Trust, empathy, competence: Skills for public sector innovation

BiiG Network

In this pre-recorded event, hear how public sector organisations can learn and practice the tools, techniques and mindsets of innovation, for practical change and performance improvement.

Fri 3 July

2.00pm

Thriving, not just surviving, in an uncertain future

BiiG Network

In this pre-recorded event, you’ll discover practical skills to act with more confidence and clarity, so you can future-proof your career, team, and organisation.

Week 2

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Tue 7 July

11.00am

Premier of Data from Space

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Join this keynote presentation and expert panel discussion about data, space and all things in between.

Wed 8 July

5.00 - 6.15pm

Making innovative public sector organisations

OECD's Observatory of Public Administration

Join the OECD's Observatory of Public Sector Innovation to hear from Mr Michael Schwager, Director General of IP Australia, about his agency’s innovation journey.

Fri 10 July

11.00am

Don’t waste a crisis

BiiG Network

Every crisis brings with it opportunity. And the bigger the crisis, the bigger the opportunity. This pre-recorded presentation uses the latest neuroscience to build a step-by-step Crisis Game Plan.

Week 3

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Tues 14 July

11.00am – 12.00pm

How to run collaborative remote meetings that don’t suck

Beaker & Flint

In this webinar you’ll receive advice and resources on running successful online meetings and events, including understanding team dynamics, aligning on purpose and goals and getting people engaged.

Wed 15 July

11.00am – 12.00pm

We’re all human: Recruiting new talent

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)

The APSC is partnering with other agencies to change how new talent is attracted and recruited to the APS. Find out what’s involved in a user-centred approach to employing the right people.

Wed 15 July

1.30 – 3.00pm

Back to the Future: COVID-19 and the future of the APS workshop

PSIN, Services Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Taxation Office, and Home Affairs

What has COVID-19 taught us that we can apply to the future of work and service delivery in the APS? Have your say in this guided online ‘retro’, using Mural.

Thu 16 July

12.00 - 1.15pm

Reimagining government: Lead with humility

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Centre for Public Impact

Explore what it means to lead with humility in government, and why servant leadership can be such a powerful approach.

Fri 17 July

9.30am – 10.30qm

System-led design – identify the right problem to solve

Australian Taxation Office

In this masterclass on problem framing, you will learn how to solve complex challenges with practical tools you can apply straight away, and ensure you’re solving the right problem.

Fri 17 July

9.00am – 12.00pm

Innovative resilience: thriving in systemic failure

Stanford and Harvard teaching faculty and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

2020 exposed the cracks in the system and left us vulnerable. How do we position the APS to deliver in similar future disruptive scenarios?

Fri 17 July

1.30 – 3.30pm

Delivering data differently

APS Data Network

Explore the key role data and data skills play in ensuring government is equipped with the skills, capacity and flexibility to solve complex problems.

Week 4

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Tues 21 July

10.30am – 12.00pm

Exploring Nesta’s participatory futures report

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Join Jose Ramos, co-author of Nesta's Our Futures: By the people, for the people, to discuss how all sectors can work together to create more inclusive futures.

Wed 22 July

11.30am – 12.30pm

Mobilising During the pandemic – APS lessons learned workshops

PSIN, Services Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Taxation Office, and Home Affairs.

What did we learn from the APS response to COVID-19, about how we pulled together and mobilised so quickly? Have your say in this guided online ‘retro’, using Mural.

Thurs 23 July

4:00-5:00pm

How to use evidence in policymaking – A crash course

Apolitical

Join international experts and Apolitical to discover the different types of evidence used in policymaking, how to apply experimental approaches, communication tips and more.

Fri 24 July

9.00am – 12.00pm

Executive masterclass: Innovation-ish tools for leading through ambiguity

Stanford and Harvard teaching faculty and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Explore new approaches that can support you as an executive leader, to make decisions in times of increasing uncertainty.

Week 5

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Tues 28 July

10.30am – 12.00pm

Our Futures: a game about participation, design, and the future(s)

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

It's game-on in this online workshop. You're invited to join APS colleagues in a game of ‘Our Futures’, the board game by innovation foundation Nesta.

Thu 30 July

5.00 - 6.15pm

Reimagining government: Reorient to learning

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Centre for Public Impact

What does failure and learning look like in government? And how might we actually encourage it? Explore the possbilities in this special ANZSOG event.

Fri 31 July

11.00am

Deliver differently and redefine your goals

BiiG Network

Hear from an Antarctic expedition leader, bestselling author and Australia’s pre-eminent authority on extreme leadership in this pre-recorded session on resilience, managing crises and leadership.

Join the Public Sector Innovation Network

The Public Sector Innovation Network is an Australian government network helping public servants understand and apply innovation in their daily work. They take ideas and solutions from around the world and translate them into something real and useful in an Australian government context. Curious? Join them today.

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