Alex Roberts is an Innovation Specialist and deputy head of OPSI. Alex leads the work on the Observatory’s studies of country public sector innovation systems, as well as contributing to the work on OPSI’s innovation facets model and on the innovation lifecycle. Alex has long had a passion for innovation and how government can do things differently (and hopefully better). Before joining the Observatory, Alex worked in the Australian Public Service where he was one of the lead authors of the report Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service (2010), supported the APS 200 project on public sector innovation which led to the ‘APS Innovation Action Plan’ (2011), and helped set-up, run and wind-down DesignGov, an experimental public sector innovation lab (2012-2013). Outside of work, Alex is interested in the Singularity, science fiction, trashy TV shows, and trundling about.
Charles Landry works with cities around the world to help them make the most of their potential and facilitates complex urban change projects. His aim is to connect the triad culture, creativity and city making. He is co-founder of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival.
He has published extensively – most recently The Civic City in a Nomadic World, The Creative Bureaucracy (with Margie Caust), An Advanced Introduction to the Creative City, Psychology & the City (with Chris Murray) and The Digitized City. You can download these books as PDF files via Charles’ website: www.charleslandry.com