Future Squared Episode #169: Disrupt the Public Sector, Innovation in Government: Jamie Skella, Maz Alvaro & Janna McCann

August 5, 2023

Future Squared Episode #169: Disrupt the Public Sector, Innovation in Government: Jamie Skella, Maz Alvaro & Janna McCann

Collective Campus hosted Disrupt the Public Sector, its annual conference on innovation in Government, for the third time this year as part of the Australian Government’s Innovation Month 2017.I had the pleasure of facilitating a panel discussion on the topic of how to ‘make things happen’ in Government – which loosely translates to how to we transform Government to one that attracts top talents, is adaptable in the face of rapid change and uses its position to create more impact in society, rather than hide behind the veil of using taxpayer dollars as an excuses not to innovate which is incorrectly perceived as being risky (it is if you take few large bets instead of many small ones) and outsourcing accountability.

Public sector spending in the Australian state of Victoria has almost doubled in the past 10 years, whereas in the private sector we see organisations like Netflix (entertainment), Khan Academy (education) and Minute Clinic (healthcare) achieving much more with much less in this time thanks to their ability to spot trends and opportunities and use emerging technologies to enable creating impact with less capital investment.

Imagine a Government, with its wealth of resources, that moved just a little bit more like a Netflix?

About our panelists:Jamie SkellaEntrepreneur, futurist & strategist Jamie Skella is considered a thought leader in technology design, building and advising businesses across AI, blockchain, exports, and even future food. Jamie is an Executive Director at MiVote, who are redesigning government to give people the opportunity to vote on policy issues as they arise – not just for policy packages every few years.MiVote: www.MiVote.org.au

Alvaro MazAlvaro is Co-founder and Managing Director of Code for Australia. Code for Australia is helping Australian Government’s move towards a platform that allows citizens, public servants and industry to come together and work on issues that affect us all.

Alvaro is also a social entrepreneur with a passion for public issues, technology and social change. In 2013 he launched Creative Suburbs, an online platform to help more people make a difference in their cities. He embarked on Code for Australia in late 2014 which led to launching Code for Aotearoa and a strong interest in government Every now and then he writes on urban issues for TrendCity. Code for Australia: www.codeforaustralia.org TrendCity: www.trendcity.org

Janna McCannJanna is currently the General Manager at BizLab, for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Bizlab has recently been established with the mission to support the Federal government’s national innovation agenda through driving innovation within the public sector to facilitate engagement with industry and assist Australian innovators in becoming more competitive both locally and on the international stage.

Topics discussed:-Key challenges to innovation in the public sector-Experiences in overcoming challenges-Procurement policies at odds with startup engagement-The merits of an open government v a closed one-What will Government look like in 20 years – does its role change?-Blockchain in Government-The perils of ‘not invented here’-Why doing nothing costs taxpayers a lot more than changing

Show notes:Watch the full video with audience Q&A at facebook.com/collectivecampus

Innovate or die.

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand – a children’s entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager’s Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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