Experimentation accelelator

The Government of Finland has launched an “Experimentation Accelerator” as a network-based self-organising platform for innovative public servants to develop cross-sectoral solutions through co-creation, mutual learning and sparring from inspiring innovation champions. This year there are 17 teams involved in the process consisting of 4 co-working sessions, with experiments ranging from Lean Start-up, deepened service thinking in and across the participating organisations to AI and strategic HR.

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The Experimentation Accelerator seeks to put service-dominant logic and the people at the heart of public sector innovation, both in terms of the customers, stakeholders in the service ecosystem and citizens. By so doing it addresses the challenges of silo-based administration and barriers to collaboration, as well as supports the shift to a more self-organisational learning in developing innovative working practice in the public sector working environments.

It provides encouragement to think and to act differently and by so doing empowering the people at their work places it strengthens the internal motivation for transformation in the public sector, whilst ensuring people feel motivated to work in the public sector working places and see the connection between their internal motivation and external satisfaction and trust in the public administration. By providing a safe environment to experiment in, the accelerator allows people to try new things and learn from them without fear of failure. Failure can rather be seen as an opportunity for maximizing the learning that place. In the 4 co-working sessions the teams learn from each other and create an understanding of what experimental governance and experimental development mean in practical terms.

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  • Identifying or Discovering Problems or Opportunities - learning where and how an innovative response is needed
  • Generating Ideas or Designing Solutions - finding and filtering ideas to respond to the problem or opportunity
  • Implementation - making the innovation happen

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