What makes an innovator?

The federal Industry portfolio got a name change last week to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, explicitly highlighting its innovation policy responsibilities. If you’re not already subscribed to the department’s monthly report on innovation policy, it has an excellent round-up of initiatives and developments across jurisdictions.

It was never a quiet policy space, but now it has renewed political support in addition to the recent support from the Secretaries Board. Accordingly, the team behind the Public Sector Innovation Toolkit are seeking views: “What are the behaviours that identify an innovator? What are the behaviours that demonstrate that a leader is supportive/expectant of innovation from others?”

Alex Roberts, an Innovation Advocate in DIIS, writes:

As our deputy secretary David Hazlehurst recently blogged, one of the tasks the Innovation Champions have given themselves is to identify some of the essential behaviours that support innovation. These behaviours will help guide the Champions in their work to support and embed innovation within each of their organisations.

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