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The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI)  and its partners at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation are excited to convene innovators from around the world for a conference on Innovation in Government: The New Normal on 20-21 November 2017. The conference will highlight insights from OPSI’s work with countries that are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their people through innovation. It will bring together government leaders, public servants, and innovative partners in industry and civil society to connect, share experiences, and collaborate.

We have developed a document outlining relevant logistical information for your attendance at the conference, including travel information and details on nearby hotels. You can find this at http://oe.cd/opsiconferencelogistics

OECD Conference Center  - 2, rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France

All plenary sessions (CC 1), panel discussions (CC 1 and CC 5), and talks (Auditorium) will be live streamed. To view a live stream, see the link provided on the relevant session’s page (click the session below) or here: https://oecdtv.webtv-solution.com/.


Questions related to the event can be addressed to the OPSI team at opsi@oecd.org

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Tuesday, November 21 • 11:00 - 11:30
Talk 11: Building innovation capacities in the public sector

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Vinnova, The Swedish Innovation Agency, has been working with several initiatives the past few years in a programme for building innovation capacities in the public sector. We have had calls about innovation labs and test beds in the health care sector, test beds in digitalization in schools and clean tech test beds etc. The initiative focused in this talk concerns idea hubs in municipalities, which is physical or virtual structures and processes for stimulating employees in the municipalities based on needs of the citizens and companies, helping the employees coaching and developing ideas into innovation.
Vinnova finance 12 projects with both single municipalities and collaborative projects with 57 municipalities involved (appr. 20 % of the 291 municipalities). The projects started in late 2016 and during the autumn of 2017 we are conducting a follow up. What can we learn so far? What are hinders for innovation and what seems to be potential success factors? Do we recognize learnings from earlier innovation labs and test beds? What are the necessary preconditions for an innovative municipality? We do this initiative in close collaboration together with SALAR, The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, with who we have a special agreement on strengthening innovation capabilities in the municipalities, county councils and regions 2015-2017.

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Jonny Ivarsson Paulsson

Programme manager, public sector innovation, Vinnova
I work as a programme manager at Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, broadly with questions regarding public sector innovation. That includes strengthening the innovation capacities in municipalities, county councils, regions and governmental agencies. We work with testbeds in... Read More →

Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:00 - 11:30 CET