Growing government innovation labs: an insider’s guide
Growing Government Innovation Labs: An Insider’s Guide (2017) by the United Nations Development Programme has been published a few years back already and still is a valuable manual on better understanding what makes innovation labs successful (and what doesn’t). It particularly looks at the still young republics of Armenia, Georgia, Macedonia and Moldova and tells the stories of how labs were pioneered in these countries und slowly but surely grew into vehicles for culture change in government. The guide also points to an important difference between “labbing” in long-established democracies as opposed to younger ones: Often rather a destabilising factor in the case of developed countries, labs are real opportunities for younger bureaucratic systems, providing “a degree of continuity and stability with a mandate to do things differently”.
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