Radical procurement: Using digital and design to prototype a new kind of child protection service in New South Wales

Dominic Campbell

I’m often asked why FutureGov has a growing team in Australia and what the differences are between the UK and down under. While the similarities outweigh the differences, we’re helping to deliver a completely new and radical approach to government procurement in Australia, which has the potential to revolutionise government markets not just in New South…

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: 6 tips to grow as a new entrepreneur #GEW2014

Dominic Campbell

As this week is Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, there’s going to be a flurry of events, articles and announcements from a whole range of established entrepreneurs, keen to give the next wave of entrepreneurs tips and advice on how they too can make a success of themselves. I’ve been running FutureGov, a product company that designs…

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Design as a solution to public service challenges

Ben Matthews

This is a guest post from Dillon Newton, who has been undertaking work experience with iNetwork and has been looking at the opportunity presented by design led thinking for public services. You can follow Dillon on Twitter at @dillon_newton. The objective of local government for the next five years is to save money whilst maintaining the standards of public…

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Futuregov Thursdays – Moving from legacy to digital services

Marc Barto

Join us on 20 November for the third of our monthly meetups: FutureGov Thursdays. Register now! FutureGov hosts regular events with guest speakers from the worlds of design, technology and change. With themes ranging from Accessibility (Joshua Marshall, Government Digital Service) to Innovation Labs (Andrew Siodmok, Policy Lab UK), we’ve had the privilege of hearing…

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Forever a FutureGov-er

Lucy Watt

After four years of working at FutureGov it is time for me to pack up and move on to create more space in my life for my counselling training. But I’ve been a bit reluctant to say I’m leaving. Perhaps I am in denial, but “graduating” feels like a more appropriate term considering how much…

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How UNDP and FutureGov collaborated on Service Design in Moldova

Ben Matthews

In early September, FutureGov and Studio TILT joined the UNDP in Moldova to meet their police. They spent a full week at the station, sitting side by side with officers, collaborating on some design thinking in the UNDP-supported refurbishing of one community’s police station. Here, UNDP’s Alex Oprunenco sits down with FutureGov’s Simone Carrier to hear her reflections on how the process unfolded and what insights were…

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Developing Local Offer: The process of building a FutureGov product

Joe Julier

Last week, FutureGov shared the Local Offer project we’ve been working on with West Sussex County Council at the SE7 Digital Conference. Following the presentation, we’ve been reflecting on what had made the project a success, as the product is now live in West Sussex, Somerset and Surrey, and soon to be in Shropshire. Here,…

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Enabled by Design-athon’s #HacktheHome heads to Halifax

Ben Matthews

Last month, FutureGov and Enabled by Design joined forces with Calderdale Council in Halifax to run a one-day Enabled by Design-athon. The event, called #HacktheHome, took place at the beautiful Dean Clough Mills. Inspired by the Enabled by Design-athon approach, the #HacktheHome event helped us to: spread the word about our passion for Design for…

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Guest Post: Moldova’s innovation hub and changing the way we police

Ben Matthews

This is a guest post from Alex Oprunenco, Cristina Lisii and Alexandru Cocirta from the UNDP in Moldova, who are supporting the Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia’s innovation work by looking at how behavioural science can be applied in development. Here they describe how Service Design has been used to redesign police stations in Moldova, with a little…

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