Category Archives: Innovation

The social world as a nested ecology of public and private goods: Part Two

Part Two of my essay on the way of looking at the world I’ve worked out over the last few years and published on Evonomics can be found here. So many years, so few words :( Part one of this essay showed how two dimensions of … Continue reading

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Free, freemium and cheap services to help run your office

Lateral Economics has had occasion to compile a list of free, freemium and cheap services to help run your one person micro or several person small business. I post it here for your interest and because it may be useful to you. The latest … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy II: The Evaluator General

Cross posted at The Mandarin In the first part of this essay, I elaborated on evidence-based policymaking and service delivery, pointing to all manner of pathologies that must be dealt with to deliver something effective. The way in which KPIs distort reporting and … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy: Part One (a second time!)

Here’s the first of a two part essay on evidence based policy published today in the Mandarin. This part is a slightly gussied up version of a Troppo post from a month ago. The long-awaited second part will follow. Calling for … Continue reading

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TED talk manoeuvre #472: restate the problem as if it’s the answer

From BCG’s latest set of instructions: In grappling with organization design, company executives tend to draw on two venerable approaches, which can be characterized as the “hard” approach and the “soft” approach. . . . Both approaches underplay the importance … Continue reading

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Social Value Capture: an idea whose time has come

Following innovations in the UK and New Zealand, some of Australia’s more forward looking State governments are looking at two related innovations. The first is ‘social investment’ with social impact bonds leading the vanguard. Social impact bonds As Wikipedia tells us, … Continue reading

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That’s one small step for government as impresario

Last night I attended the launch of Creative State which was the culmination of over a year of engagement between the Victorian Government and the arts community. It involved a taskforce or some such and an Expert Reference Group – on which I sat. Anyway the Minister … Continue reading

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