Developing and implementing an approach to regional innovation and development in Gippsland, Victoria (2018-2020)
The rationale for this project was to explore a novel approach to regional development in Australia, based on an approach developed by the European Union.
Love’s labours found: industrial strategy for social care and the everyday economy
The United Kingdom’s industrial strategy focuses on high-tech, advanced industries. This paper argues that if the government really wants to improve productivity and address regional divides in the UK, it needs to stop ignoring ‘everyday’ sectors like social care. These sectors not only employ large...
Mutual appreciation: a social innovation think piece
While access to secure and affordable housing can mean the difference between poverty and a decent life in older age, full home-ownership in Australia is increasingly a privilege. This publication argues that unless society recalibrates some of the policy surrounding housing and aged care, gendered...
Building the future
This report report makes the case for the need to create a community of practitioners invested in exploring and building the nascent field of public interest technology. Interviews with academics and practitioners identified that a key barrier to growing the field was a lack of...
Resilience in the face of sustainability crises: is innovation the problem or the answer?
Professor Lars Coenen delivered this year's annual MSSI Oration on Tuesday 20 November. As his research on innovative cities and regions in Europe and Australia shows, Coenen highlights that we urgently need to rethink what innovation is and how to go about it.
Five projects that are harnessing big data for good
The data science boom shouldn’t be limited to business insights and profit margins. When used ethically, big data can help solve some of society’s most difficult social and environmental problems.
Delivering a good life for every Victorian
The VCOSS state election platform 2018 presents a vision for Victoria that has the attainment of ‘a good life’ at its core. VCOSS believes a good life should be central to the policy platform of every political party contesting the 2018 Victorian election.
Open innovation communication: improving strategy implementation in the public sector
The story of LEGO's brand resurgence, and others like it about open innovation, have important implications for implementation of strategy in the public sector.
Embracing innovation in government: global trends 2018
In this annual overview of global government innovation, the OECD warns that the public sector will need a 'major course correction' to come to terms with the uncertainty posed by globalisation, rising inequality and disruptive technologies. The report argues that current government infrastructure is not...
People-led innovation: towards a methodology for solving urban problems in the 21st century
The People-Led Innovation Methodology is premised on the idea that unlocking and applying the expertise of people requires city government decision-makers to design engagements with a focus on curation – ensuring that the problems, solutions, inputs, and approaches remain targeted and implementable rather than ill-defined...
Ava go, ya mug! How Australia can stop fearing failure and embrace the best of American innovation culture
Drawing on insights from the United States' experience, this paper assesses the cultural challenge of embracing failure constructively.
Evidence, impact, public policy and social innovation
To produce evidence with ‘impact’, and know how to ‘make evidence count’, we need to understand the policy process and how evidence is produced and used in a complex system.
Map for impact: the Victorian social enterprise mapping project 2017
This report presents impacts of social enterprise in Victoria. The aims are to: 1. Identify, locate and characterise Victoria’s population of social enterprises and key intermediaries; and 2. Inform the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy by valuing the social and economic impact of social enterprises.
Policy innovation: new thinking. new skills. new tools.
This report looks globally for innovative approaches that can serve as a resource for policymakers to meet emerging challenges in a highly contested public policy landscape.
Collective impact: evidence and implications for practice
This paper describes the history and development of collective impact, with a focus on Australia, and includes two case studies to examine how collective impact is currently being practised in Australia.
Government led innovations in affordable housing delivery
This project examined state government-led innovations in affordable housing through analysis of two state-level strategies and two state-level programs.
What makes governments innovative?
Amidst all the enthusiasm for 'innovation,' there is only limited understanding of what makes governments innovative. What factors support public sector innovation?
Big issues for WA: policy options for challenges ahead
In this document, opinion formers discuss concerns that are vital for the future success of the state’s economy, communities, public services and social cohesion. Contributors are focused on old and new problems, fresh ideas and approaches, and crucially, the use of evidence and expertise to...
Submission to the Inquiry on the relocation of government bodies to regional areas
The Regional Universities Network submission argues that when Government regional development investment is focused in an area with a regional university, the prospect for long term benefit is magnified.
The Navigator: your guide to leadership for social purpose
This guide draws on a wealth of resources including the latest and seminal ideas on leadership. It is intended for emerging and established leaders across the social purpose ecosystem, from not-for-profits through social enterprises to socially responsible businesses.
CEO reflects on learnings from SSE’s experience in Australia
Founded in London in 1997, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is one of the world's leading social enterprise development organisations. A charity that supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle complex social problems, SSE has supported the development of over 2,000 enterprises in five...
Mapping the Melbourne sharing economy
This report presents findings from an analysis of the scale and scope of the sharing economy in Melbourne. The central aim of this report is to outline the breadth of the sharing economy in Melbourne, and to identify future directions for further investigation. The new...
Innovation in the Australian Public Service: a qualitative analysis
40th Annual Conference of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International, 5-7 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia,
Innovation is considered to be a sine qua non to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government and respond to citizens’ increasing demand for better services. This paper draws together literature related to innovation in the public sector. A qualitative analysis was conducted to establish the...
Victoria's social enterprise strategy
The Victorian Government's Social Enterprise Strategy, the first-of-its-kind in Australia, has been developed to improve and expand on existing support for the sector and to position Victoria to lead the country in driving employment participation and inclusive economic growth through social enterprise. Social enterprises already...
Social procurement success: what it takes
Social procurement – using business and government purchasing power to create social value – has tremendous potential for social impact. Procuring goods or services from social enterprises committed to employing and supporting marginalised groups, can create almost immediate change. However, social procurement is only an...