MindLab, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, the Danish Working Environment Authority and the Danish Tax Authority have prepared a concept for expansion of inspections at new restaurants, so companies can learn more about tax and working environment. > CASE
How do we ensure collaboration with all the actors who can potentially make a controbution to the challenges we face? Can juvenile first time offenders be sentenced by youths with a criminal record? To see the citizens’ resources and design welfare with them rather than to them – that is what we call co-production. Read cases and useful principles on the subject in this pamphlet.
CBS Public-Private Platform and MindLab are the organizers of ‘Collaboratory Week’ from 21 – 24 of May. The focus of the week is on how to move from policy into practice. Among others you meet Chief Executive of the British Think Tank Nesta, Geoff Mulgan. Read more.
Explore the benefits and potentials of Social Impact Bonds as a new public financing mechanism on May 21 from 13-15.30 at MindLab. Among others you will meet: Jane Newman, Director at Social Finance (UK) and Tina French Nielsen, Alderman at Aalborg Municipality. See open invitation or sign-up.
How may social media empower citizens? Listen to Simon Willis from Purpose.com explain how they make people engage with large and complex arguments, like they did in the project therules.org. Simon Willis’ presentation is available for download here.
France has decided to open a cross-ministeriel innovation lab by inspiration of MindLab. Read about it in the French news paper, Les Echos , or in the French media Journal des Communes (translated). Find the direct links here Les Echos, Journal des Communes.
How can design thinking lead to more effective public services? Read the interview with Christian Bason in the magazine Development Post.
MindLab’s collaboration with Nesta has resulted in a report on innovation in policy. In the following months, MindBlog.dk will host a blog-series by a number of distinguished guest-bloggers on the issues raised in the report. Latest contribution is by Bryan Boyer, Helsinki Design Lab.
MindLab’s Jesper Christiansen writes on the London School of Economics’ Politics and Policy blog. We have to rethink the public policy and management practices to increase the legitimacy of the public sector, he argues. Read the blog
What implications does it have for our service systems when the citizen is the starting point for public innovation? MindLabs Jesper Christiansen gives his perspectives on Nestas blog.
As a response to the crisis in Europe, the EU Commission has established an expert group which is to develop recommen-dations for strengthening innovation in the public sector. MindLab’s Christian Bason is Chair of the group. Read more
Co-production of our welfare tasks, whereby we activate citizens’ own resources and the resources of those closest to them can provide us with a cheaper and better public sector. That is some claim. After all, where are the benefits going to come from?
(Christian Bason, 22.04.2013)
The government’s Growth Plan for Denmark implies a DKK 7 billion modernisation of the public sector, but a mere four lines describe how this is to be done. Are we capable of developing welfare together with citizens? Is there even a basis for upscaling our ambitions?
(Christian Bason, 26.03.2013)
Vienna has done what many public servants would be uncomfortable with: Released enormous amounts of public data and invited people to co-create city apps.
(Rasmus Kolding, 08.02.2013)
In her televised New Year’s speech, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt made it clear that the public sector must become more efficient. Yes, but how? In my experience, an important prerequisite is that we grow the ability to put ourselves in other people’s place. We must base the creation of better and more productive welfare on empathy.
(Christian Bason, 11.01.2013)
Public sector executives can begin taking greater responsibility for creating real change for Danes. Their tasks include practicing the concept of “systemic contexts”.
(Christian Bason, 11.01.2013)
I believe in the welfare state. I agree that we are beset by crises, but I’m optimistic enough to expect that humanity will weather them relatively unscathed as individuals, families, and communities. The question is whether our institutions will be as lucky.
(Brian Boyer, 07.11.2012)
Today’s global financial and social crises demand innovation not only in public services, but within the whole bureaucratic, administrative system of public governance. Yet innovation introduces uncertainty and unpredictability into decision-making which can sit uncomfortably with the status quo. What are new principles for decision-making that can be more conducive to innovation in the public sector?
(Laura Bunt, 29.10.2012)