Why are we doing this?
Local and national governments have pioneered some of the great public and social innovations of modern history. Driven by entrepreneurial and visionary leadership, governments can be incredible engines of progress, but they need the structures, resources and capabilities to deeply understand and reframe problems, generate and find ideas, test and adapt them and bring these solutions to scale across complex systems.
Smart political leadership recognises as much and puts in place the capacities that enable innovation. These are the i-teams.
Innovation can take many forms, and all are important - from the incremental improvements to existing services, through to the transformations that pose different questions and create value in entirely new ways.
i-teams can cover the entire spectrum of innovation. What unites them is a mandate to invent the next generation of public services and bring new insights, technologies and tools to the challenges facing government. They are given greater permissions to take the risks that are necessary for game-changing improvements.
What we are doing?
i-teams is based on research by Nesta and Bloomberg Philanthropies that explored in-depth 20 government innovation teams, units and funds across six continents. We have analysed the new practices being developed and implemented, along with their successes and their limitations. The full i-teams report can be downloaded here.
Alongside the report, we have also launched a new site, theiteams.org, to create a living map of i-teams as they emerge around the world. We will be regularly adding i-teams to this site, as well as providing updates and news from the field, details of events where you can connect and network, and publishing blogs and articles from leaders in the field. To be kept updated and to join a global network of government innovators, sign up to the i-teams mailing list.
Who have we missed?
Are you running a government innovation team, fund or unit? If you would like us to consider featuring your i-team on the site please fill in this simple form.
Join the debate
We would love to hear from others who are helping to shape and develop this field. If you have comments, questions or contributions please get in touch with Ruth Puttick: [email protected] or get involved in the debate on Twitter using #iteams.
Find out more about the i-teams on the dedicated website, www.theiteams.org
This report tells the stories of 20 global teams, units and funds established by governments, charged with making innovation happen