OECD Conference: Innovating the Public Sector
I attended the OECD conference Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact in November 2014 in Paris. The conference which brought together over 300 participants from over forty countries from the public, private, academic and civil society sectors.
Design Thinking with its specific human-centered approach to support innovation processes in the public sector was highlighted in several workshops successfully delivered by:
- Brenton Caffin, Director, Innovation Skills, Nesta, UK
- Christina Bason, Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre (DDC), Denmark
- Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director, FutureGov, UK
- Sabine Junginger, Associate Professor, Center for Design, Culture and Management, The School of Design Kolding, Denmark,
- Stéphane Vincent, Délégué général, La 27e Région, France
They showed how applying design methods to public services can help to develop a better understanding of user needs and how services can be created to match them. Some parts of design, such as prototyping offer the public sector quick, agile ways to test new solutions while containing risk. The workshop looked at the role that design and prototyping can play in developing more innovative public services, providing participants with a taste of how they can be used practically in their own work.
It was a great opportunity to meet the presenters personally and I was able to invite Sabine Junginger, Brenton Caffin, Sonja Dahl and Stéphane Vincent to participate in the symposium Design Thinking for Public Good, which I am currently organizing at Macromedia University in Munich 26 February 2015.