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Innovation Month 2020 went online for the first time ever this July!

We hope you got to participate in one of the many awesome events on offer. Not to worry if you didn’t, most events were recorded for you to watch at your leisure and some were even visual scribed (links in the program).

This year’s apt theme was ‘delivering differently’. This reflected the public sector’s outcomes-focused response to the pandemic, and the fact that social distancing restrictions shook up the traditional face-to-face event model.

Thanks to all event hosts, participants and supporters for making this experimental year a huge success.

Find out more about the month below or contact us, the Public Sector Innovation Network psi@industry.gov.au

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.

Some of the events were recorded and some of them were captured by one of our talented visual scribes. You can view the recordings and images relating to each event in the program details.

Please note all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Week 1

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Wed 1 July

11.00am

Watch now on Vimeo - 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).

View what our visual scribe captured during the Innovation month lauch vodcast [296KB PDF]

Thu 2 July

5.00 - 6.15pm

Watch now on Youtube - 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

Watch now on the BiiG Network website - 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

Watch now on the BiiG Network website - 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

Watch now on YouTube - Data and Space

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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

View what our visual scribe caputred during the Data and Space presentation [115KB PDF]

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.

View what our visual scribe captured during the Making innovative public sector organisations presentation [117KB PDF]

Fri 10 July

11.00am

Watch now on the BiiG Network website - 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

10.00 – 11.00am

Watch now on YouTube - 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.

View what our visual scribe captured during the How to run collaborative remote meetings that don't suck webinar [128KB PDF]

Wed 15 July 9.00am Watch now on the BiiG Network website - Mental Health CPR BiiG Network

If ever there was a time for a mental health tune-up, it’s now. Join a paramedic, trauma counsellor and mental health advocate for this no-frills presentation.

View what our visual scribe captured during the Mental Health CPR presentation [2.83MB PDF]

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.

View what our visual scribe captured during the We're all human: Recruiting new talent presentation [224KB PDF]

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.

View the outputs from the retro [2.76MB PDF]

Fri 17 July

9.30am – 10.30am

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

Watch now on the IPAA website - 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.

View what our visual scribe captured during Delivering data differently [2.68MB PDF]

Week 4

Day

Time

Event

Host

Details

Tues 21 July

10.30am – 12.00pm

Watch now - 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

11am – 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.

View the outputs from the retro [6.91MB PDF]

Thu 23 July

11.00am - 12.15pm

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.

Thurs 23 July

4:00-5:00pm

Watch now on the apolitical website - 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

Mon 27 July

11.00am – 12.00pm

Unlocking 20 years of trapped knowledge

Data61 at the CSIRO

In this webinar you’ll find out how the team at CSIRO’s Data61 have been able to save threatened species using Aritifical Intelligence.

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.

Wed 29 July

12.30 – 1.30pm

Watch now on YouTube - Turning patents inside out: exposing COVID-19 know-how

IP Australia

Join IP Australia’s Patent Analytics Hub, as they discuss how the agency’s technical and scientific expertise pivoted to help fight the global health pandemic.

Thur 30 July

1.30 – 3.00pm

Get real! With innovation

PaperGiant and Bizlab

In this interactive workshop you’ll explore the real-life practices of teams, projects and programs that use innovation to help them deliver.

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 9.30am

Watch now - 2020 Public Sector Innovation Awards Ceremony

PSIN and IPAA ACT Share in the excitement as the winners of the 2020 Public Sector Innovation Awards are announced via livestream. The Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and share innovative approaches to public administration.

Fri 31 July

11.00am

Watch now - 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.

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