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Start your week right with these quick reads. Every Monday we'll send out blogs, reports, discussions and events to help inspire, inform and excite you for the rest of the week.

  1. Nesta is exploring the five themes they've learnt from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. They're starting with how to use your data wisely. Big data is a great tool for learning about users and citizens actions and moods, so read this if your interested.
  2. Uscreates have been working with East Midlands NHS to look at how A&E is used inappropriately and what can be done about it. They've used Journey Mapping to understand what's going wrong and then to look at how to act on it. Check out their blog here.
  3. The Next Web have been looking at the five psychological challenges facing wearable technology. Now this third one might not seem fully related to Open Policy Making but the challenges here transcend wearables and impact not only product design but services and even the ways people interact with government. Policymakers can learn a lot from places outside of policy - this is just one example.
  4. The Design Council has a great blog on how design is revolutionising health, business, cities and government. It's part of their Design Economy series.
  5. And finally a piece from the Harvard Business Review that shows how good process always integrates with frontline workers. This is incredibly important for policymakers and Open Policy. Without input from users and workers alike to design solutions, processes and services, we won't be able to build something that will work in the real world.

That's it for this Monday morning. Enjoy your coffee and be sure to follow us @openpolicyuk and tweet us your interesting articles or thoughts.


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