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Public innovation: can innovation methods help solve social challenges?

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Governments and public service practitioners are increasingly using the language, and to some extent, practice of innovation. Around the world there are growing numbers of government innovation teams and increasing interest in how innovation methods can be applied to public policy challenges more broadly. Public innovation methods are iterative, creative and open – they actively seek new perspectives on an issue, particularly from citizens, and test and develop new solutions in real world conditions. This talk will describe public innovation and give practical examples of what it looks like on the ground, drawing in particular from Nesta’s work on people powered public services.

Halima is Executive Director at Nesta, an innovation foundation which backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. Halima leads Nesta’s Health Lab which seeks to create a people-powered and data-driven health system, using a mix of funding, research, networks, experiments and skills. Halima has been a Trustee of Diabetes UK and her publications include “Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements” and “NHS in 2030: a people-powered and knowledge-powered health system”. Prior to joining Nesta, Halima worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office and in local government. In 2015, Halima was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University.

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