Federal agency leads international service GovJam

As part of the Australian Government’s APS Innovation Week 2012, G2R takes a look behind GovJam, happening around the world in June 2012.  We meet with the government team behind the initiative – Wayne Larkin and Mikaela Griffiths – from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) based in Canberra.  Wayne and Mikaela talk about how they plan to use service design principles of user-centricity, trans-discipline rapid prototyping and problem-solving to demonstrate how big government can “innovate about doing innovation”.

About GovJam 2012

The GovJam is a pilot event which applies the concept and energy of the Global Service Jam and Global Sustainability Jam into the world of government and the public sector. Working around a common theme, small teams meet at multiple locations, working for 48 hours on building innovative approaches and solutions towards challenges faced by the public sector. At the end of the two days, they upload their results and publish them for the world.

Wayne Larkin and Mikaela GriffithsAbout Wayne Larkin and Mikaela Griffiths

Wayne is the Assistant Manager for the Innovation Division at Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research & Tertiary Education, and has over 38 years experience in Strategy, Marketing, Advertising, Branding and Communications. 28 International and National Awards across a broad range of mediums such as: TV, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, Corporate Brochures, Web, Audio Visuals, Film and Video Production, Photography and Illustration for a wide range of clients from government, large corporates to SME businesses.

Mikaela worked for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from January 2008 until June 2010 and designed the $200 million Reef Rescue election commitment. Following that, until last year she worked on the Caring for our Country Review Taskforce reviewing Australia’s $2 billion natural resource management investment. She currently works as an innovation manager at the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research & Tertiary Education in Canberra.

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  1. Hi Guys! Thanks for the opportunity to tell interested people about GovJAM, and thanks for the bio. While I would love to take credit for designing Reef Rescue (!), I can only say that I was part of a small person team who designed it, I didn’t design on my own :-)

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