“We reflect patterns in the systems, and they reflect patterns in us” – Amahra Spence. Now more than ever, global bureaucracies seem to be under strain from overlapping crises. Is it even conceivable that they will find the will to renew themselves? And if so, where should one start? This talk will draw on the experience of working with governments around the world and introduce some possible line of inquiries around institutional renewal. Ultimately, it will focus on the personal responsibility of practicing and modelling change.
Giulio Quaggiotto is the Head, Strategic Innovation, Regional Innovation Center, United Nations Development Programme. As Head of UNDP’s Regional Innovation Center for the Asia Pacific, he works with governments across the region to develop renewal capabilities and accelerate impact on complex development challenges. He is an MIT Research Associate with a focus on lead user innovation.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was the Director of Community at Climate KIC and an Innovation Advisor for the Prime Minister’s Office in the UAE. Giulio’s career includes stints at Nesta, WWF and the World Bank. He was also the manager of the Jakarta Lab of the UN Global Pulse, a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data for public policy.
His interests include portfolio approaches to innovation and incorporating grassroots innovations into national innovation systems. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on the intersection of social innovation, technology and international development.