This page will host a series of reflections and loose thoughts on the practice of innovation efforts around the world. Rather than consisting of finalized arguments, the content will be of more speculative and imaginative with the purpose of exploring better ways of addressing our current challenges.

Most of the content will focus on:

  • How to go beyond the innovation lab and make governments innovation leaders (as Jocelyne Bourgon would phrase it)?
  • How to make better use of the collective intelligence and resources (as Geoff Mulgan would phrase it)?
  • How to create new and more impactful constituencies for change (as Sarah Schulman would phrase it)?
  • How to create new public movements (as Charlie Leadbeater would phrase it) and enable the political in better ways?
  • How to create the right kind of disruption within our public organizations and institutions (as Stephen Goldsmith would phrase it)?
  • How to create better knowledge practice and increase the legitimacy of public interventions (as I have tried to write about in my PhD dissertation)?

About the author

Jesper is Senior Program Manager at Nesta, contributing to the work of helping people and organisations get better at innovating for the public good.  Jesper is a public innovation thinker and practitioner. His work is focused on how to deal most effectively with public problems through better capacity and ecosystems for innovation and learning.

From 2009-2016, Jesper was the head of research and program manager at Danish cross-public innovation unit MindLab and has worked with and advised several governments, public agencies and international institutions around the world. His work focused particularly on creating more inclusive public service systems for vulnerable people in society.

During the period at MindLab, Jesper also completed a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology with a thesis focusing on embedding human-centred innovation practices in public sector organizations. He also carried out shorter term secondments in Australia, UK and Canada. He also holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Aarhus University and an additional degree in journalism from the Danish School of Journalism.

Also see http://www.nesta.org.uk

PhD dissertation: “The irrealities of public innovation” by Jesper Christiansen. http://mind-lab.dk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/PHD_afhandling.pdf.

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