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We've got a fair amount to get through this week so this introduction is short. See?

Week two recap: what we learned

Welcome back to Innovation Month island where we really should have gotten someone who watches more reality tv to write this recap.*

When we were last on the island, Bruce was not happy with how Tamara's edible-headwear challenge had gone, and Jason was falling for (and over!) Blake. 

Let's check in with our other contestants (by which we mean, recap some events from Innovation Month last week...)

How to create innovative organisations - OPSI / IP Australia 
Innovation happens when there’s genuine commitment from leaders who have clear ambitions and a strategy to get there, together with staff. It also kinda helps if you’re given permission to take risks and if there’s a bit of coin to fund experiments. But there’s a whole lot more to driving a creative and collaborative culture, according to IP Australia’s CEO. Within two years, this agency shifted from a manual to fully digital organisation and it’s been practicing what it preaches, developing innovative tools to make it easier for innovators to apply for intellectual property rights. Check out the recording of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) webinar last week.
Don’t waste a crisis - Biig Network
Dr Helena Popovic turns the idea of a crisis on its head, claiming that how we label something determines how we respond to it. While not denying the negative effects of crises, she says major disruptions can also serve as a time to pause and reflect on what we want to be for ourselves and our community. She draws on research to illustrate that disasters are challenges that provide the opportunity to sharpen our focus, get creative and stretch ourselves to achieve more than we thought possible. It’s all about how we frame it.

How to run remote collaborative meetings that don’t suck - Beaker and Flint
So, how do you run meetings that don’t suck? Well, there’s a lot to it, according to digital specialists Beaker and Flint. But the good news is that there are loads of tools and tips to help. Like creating a visual agenda instead of a list, and focusing on an outcome rather than talking for talking’s sake. You could set a timer to box discussions, poll how people are feeling in the middle of the meeting and close it out by asking what the participants got out of it. Shorter more focused meetings will leave everyone happier and more motivated to come to the next one. Want to know more? This recording will be uploaded to the Innovation Month schedule soon.

Who will be eliminated? Will Narelle get immunity? Can Des eat a desk?
(And while you're at it, check out  the
Innovation Month calendar for events coming to you this week!)

Drawing on Belle's expertise

Have we got a treat for you?!** We've picked the brain of visual scribe extraordinaire, Belle Hogg from the Department of Health. But what even is visual scribing? ...we hear you ask.

Well, confoundingly, there's no standard definition and there's even a few other terms used to describe the practice, like 'graphic recording' or 'live illustration'. That said, what we mean when we say 'visual scribing' is the process of drawing a discussion/event/or series of ideas, usually as it happens. 

Y'know how at your planning day you dread everyone pulling apart your hand writing when you're picked to be the scribe? Like that, but add drawing.

But I can't draw! ...we hear you exclaim. According to Belle, this is no barrier! The sort of drawing you need for visual scribing is quick and super simple. Stick figures aren't a negative - they're a necessity. 

But why would you need a visual scribe? ...well now you're just getting greedy. In short, it's to sum up that discussion/event/or series of ideas into something that can be digested much quicker than the equivalent thousands of words.***

But really watch the video, it's got a lot more detail and, y'know, we worked real hard on it.

Coming up...

...Innovation Month really hits its stride, points its nose into the wind and mixes sporting metaphors for the whole eight and a bit metres.****

In fact, it's so hectic, we're going to headings, dot points, acronyms and contractions:

Wed 15 July

Thu 16 July

Fri 17 July

Mon 20 July

  • Nothing scheduled, but desk-yoga is looking real good...

Tue 21 July

And there's still a couple of weeks to go! Yeesh! Have a great week!


Week 3 of Innovation Month is underway!

The schedule is up, so go check it out, sign up, and fill your screen and your brain with new ideas! More events will be uploaded over the next little while so keep checking in.

*We're more into the Great British Bake Off/Queer Eye/Mari Kondo vibe where you have fun, have a cupcake, have a cry. Less heated-exchanges in horrendous hot tubs, more wholesome-makeovers and heartwarming-recipes-featuring-a-surprising-amount-of-guacamole-as-metaphors-for-personal-growth-and-acceptance, henny!

**Yep. We do. 

***Almost as if there's a saying that could encapsulate why you'd want to use a picture, and how it could have an equivalent worth in a word-based description... 

****Nine yards. 8.223 metres to be exact, but when you're speaking in yards and sporting metaphors, it's better to be 110% enthusiastic than actually accurate.

*****In this case the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Home Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Services Australia, and a little group known as the Public Sector Innovation Network. We're on drums, but with so many front-people in the band, someone's gotta be the drummer...

Also, for space, we haven't spelt out a bunch of acronyms above, but for clarity:
  • APS: Australian Public Service
  • APSC: Australian Public Service Commission
  • ANZSOG: Australia New Zealand School of Government
  • ATO: Australian Taxation Office
  • BiiG network: Business Improvement and Innovation in Government
  • CPI: Centre (or Center) for Public Impact
  • DFAT: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • DISER: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • Nesta: National endowment for science, technology and the arts, but they don't use that anymore
  • SHIELD: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, or originally, Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. But really, someone just wanted the acronym to spell out SHIELD.

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