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We ask people from across the public sector and design industries to expand the concept of Open Policy Making and ask the questions that no one else will. These blogs look to the future and make you think.

Parents, partnerships and why platforms aren't just digital

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Platforms through partnerships I’ve been thinking recently about what we can learn from Government Digital Service’s organising principle of ‘Government as a Platform’.  This is the idea of shared digital systems or an open platform, first coined by Tim O’Reilly …

Graphic design and policy making

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For the last three years I have spent my time cycling in between Policy Lab in Westminster, the Government Digital Service in Holborn and London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle. I had decided that after 10 years in a fairly traditional civil service career path I wanted to do something more ‘creative’ and decided to do a part time Masters in Graphic Design.

What do civil servants need to learn about user-centred design?

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User-centred design is increasingly on the agenda of government and Civil Service Learning is gearing up to deliver learning on user-centred design next year. Read about how they're using the Policy Lab to help design the course.

How can we build a council of state that facilitates innovation?

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Challenges and problems faced by our society cross all boundaries – attitudinal, professional and especially administrative. Matters under ministerial preparation today are becoming increasingly complex and interwoven.  At the same time it has long been recognized, at least in Finland, …