New project: Island Innovation Lab Efate, Vanuatu Jan 16 – 20 2014

We are very excited about this new project that is just starting out in early 2014.

Island Innovation LabWe are collaborating with Paul D Miller (aka DJSpooky) to develop a Carbon Negative Innovation Lab and residency program on Efate in Vanuatu (Just outside Vila).

The Lab will become a location for creative thinkers from all disciplines to undertake residency programs that afford them the time and space to think deeply and collaborate on complex global sustainability issues.

As part of this project we are also partnering with a number of other global programs such as Peaceboat (UN).

The first Island Innovation Lab will run from 16th – 20th January 2014 in Vanuatu. And we will be joined by a number of interested artists, designers, communicators, sustainability experts in Vanuatu.

The Beta Lab will set the tone for the formation of the formal program and the infrastructure that will support it.

Currently we have a wonderful blank canvas, a 500 acre beachfront property with 7 different ecological zones from rain forests to grass lands to bamboo  and palm groves. There are natural springs with fresh water and good solar and wind energy opportunities.

Our goal is to design and develop a minimal impact, carbon positive communal workspace and studios with accommodation for the residency program participants. This will be a social enterprise and aims to partner with and support the local community through employment, education and other opportunities.

As part of the kick-off for this project Selena and Paul will be heading off to Vanuatu along with a number of UNSW students in January 2014.

You can follow updates about the project via Twitter at @theVPF and @selenajoy2

EVENT: Co-creating for social impact

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How can we build a public sector innovation system?  with Christian Bason:

Masterclass and Free Public Forum

Government and the public sector are key players in shaping and providing social services and decision making on behalf of citizens. But how can we make a public sector that is innovative and responsive to the needs of its citizens?

Christian Bason suggests that public managers take responsibility for building the language, the ability, the process and the leadership practices necessary to create the new solutions that society needs.
  • What is innovation in the public sector, and how do we create a common language about it?
  • What does it mean to build the capacity for future innovation, across political context, strategy, organisation, digitisation and culture?
  • How can we orchestrate the individual elements of a co-creation process, including rich citizen involvement and collaboration across the silos of government?
  • What are the four key leadership roles in driving innovation in government?
Who is this Masterclass for?
Whether you’re inside or outside of the public sector, if you’re interested in how to develop innovative, collaborative public sector practice then this masterclass is for you. This masterclass is for policy makers, activists, leaders in the public and third sectors and citizens with an interest in the shaping of future public policy.
Sydney For other cities please click here
Free Public Forum: How can co-creation drive public sector innovation?
Building on the substantial hands-on experience of MindLab, the cross-ministerial innovation unit in Denmark, Christian will discuss:
* What does it mean to orchestrate a process of co-creation, involving citizens and communities in policy and service development?
* What is the value of such an approach?
* What are the barriers, traps and pitfalls?
* How to get started using the key approaches of co-creation in government?
Free public forums will be held in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney
Register for your place in your nearest city using the links below here

About Christian Bason: Christian Bason is the Director of MindLab, a cross-ministerial innovation unit in Denmark. He was formerly responsible for the public organisation and management practice of Ramboll, an international consultancy. As an experienced presenter and facilitator, he has served as advisor to numerous public institutions around the world. He is also a university lecturer and is the author of four books on citizen involvement, leadership and innovation in the public sector. His latest book, “Leading public sector innovation: Co-creating for a better society” (Policy Press) is out in October 2010.

Next Social Innovation BarCamp Sydney #sibsyd

Michelle and other friends have been discussing our next Social Innovation BarCamp Sydney. We’re thinking of running it on a Saturday in November 2010 (date to be confirmed very soon) in Paddington.

The theme is Sustainable Design.

There are so many interesting ideas we can start to consider around sustainable design. Here’s a few resources to get you started:

Articles on Building Ecology web site