When Oslo's transport authorities wanted to design and implement a new transport system for Ruter, they knew that providing useful, legible information would be as critical as the lines themselves.
The last week has been all about ideas, a welcome antidote to the darkening economic outlook.
Collaborative consumption in public services depends on creating new kinds of relationships with, and between, citizens with a particular emphasis on trust between strangers acting as the glue that holds the system together. Our event earlier this year explored this notion in more detail. It's worth visiting these presentations, as they contain lots of useful ideas and thinking from across public sector and the entrepreneurial community.
The high walls, clanging bars, key chains, security tags, air locked doors, rows of barbed wire, and yet more security checks, are not the usual start when you head out for lunch on a Tuesday. But then the Clink Prison Restaurant is far from ordinary.
P&L, cash flow forecast, business plan, interest creating statements, sales, business development. You'd be forgiven for thinking that I'm about to launch into a long post about the jargon associated with business start-ups. In fact I'm reflecting on the new world that Third Sector organisations are having to adapt to in order to survive.
There's no easy way of saying this. This is a blog post about government procurement and how it can encourage innovation.
I gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the Paradiso Conference in Brussels on the subject of collective intelligence. It's a topic that's going to be an important one for NESTA over the next year or two (we'll soon be publishing an overview paper on concepts, theories and uses of CI).
How do we find new ways to keep people in their 50s and 60s active and valued members of their local community, so that ageing becomes a positive experience?
Sir John Vickers's Independent Commission on Banking raises interesting questions on what banking reform means for innovative businesses, and vice versa.
I'm spending quite a bit of my time at the moment catching up with NESTA projects around the country and talking to people about what we should do in the future.
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