Building the next generation of public innovation

Across the globe, government teams are pioneering new ways to solve our biggest challenges. States of Change is a collective that exists to support this growing global movement.

Our purpose

We want to build the capability and culture of governments to practically deal with the complex problems they face, and to strengthen the community of practice around public innovation.

From bringing citizens into the policymaking process to experimenting with new ways to develop services, people are exploring the future practice of government. Our aim is to support them on this journey to change. We will:

Inspire action by sharing stories and practical experiences from public innovators across the world

Support governments to build their innovation capabilities and cultures by developing practical learning programmes

Build the field of public innovation by creating collaborative R&D projects to explore and test what works

States of Change brings together the world’s best public innovation practitioners and experts. Together, we’re working to enhance the quality, coherence and reach of public innovation learning, and to ultimately improve lives for citizens across the world.

Why now?

Governments have pioneered innovation throughout history, and in the face of current challenges the demand for greater support on how to make strategic use of innovation approaches, develop skills and sustain a culture of innovation is growing.

Public innovation learning offers do exist, but it’s a complex landscape and we believe that many fall short of equipping public officials with what we call ‘innovation craft’ - the skills, mindset and culture that enable innovation. As a collective, our shared aim therefore is to focus on practice-led, collaborative learning that focuses on innovation craft and helps governments create real change.

Who we are

States of Change has been initiated by Nesta, but is a collective brought to life by our faculty, our government and delivery partners and the wider community of practice.

We are collaborating with the world’s best innovation practitioners and experts to form an international faculty and learning collective.

This faculty will play a key role in delivering our learning programmes, as well as contributing to the growing body of practical experiences and knowledge that exists within the community of practice.

We are also partnering with ambitious governments to help them build their innovation capacity and grow the movement of public innovation practitioners.

This network of faculty and partners will continue to evolve as States of Change grows.

Our faculty so far...

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Nesta

UK

Christian Bason

CEO

Danish Design Centre

Denmark

Louise Pulford

Director

Social Innovation Exchange

UK

Juan Felipe López

Executive Director

Laboratorio de Gobierno

Chile

Sam-Hannah Rankin

Director

Public Sector Innovation

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Victoria, Australia

Dominic Campbell

Director

FutureGov

UK

Milica Begovic Radojevic

Knowledge and Innovation

Senior Manager

UNDP

Marco Steinberg

Director

Snowcone & Haystack

Finland

Chelsea Mauldin

Executive Director

Public Policy Lab

USA

Hefen Wong

Deputy Director

Co-Lab Design & Behavioural Insights Unit

Singapore

Paulo Malta

Director LabX

Portugal

Giulio Quaggiotto

Special Advisor

MBRCGI

UAE

Alex Ryan

VP of Systems Innovation & Program Director

MaRS Solutions Lab

Canada

Cat Tully

Co-Founder

School of International Futures

UK

Chris Vanstone

Chief Innovation Officer

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Australia

Anna Birney

Director

School of Systems Change

UK / Global

Rudi Borrmann

Under Secretary Public Innovation

Ministry of Modernisation

Argentina

Sascha Haschemayer

Founder

Citymart

USA

Shatha
Alhashmi

Director

MBRCGI

UAE

Stephane Vincent

Co-founder and director

La 27e Région

France

Brenton Caffin

Executive Director of Global Partnerships

Nesta

UK


Bas Leurs

Head of Learning
Experience Design

Nesta

UK

Jesper Christiansen

Senior Programme Manager

Nesta

UK

Joeri van den Steenhoven

Director

YINK

The Netherlands

Andrea Siodmok

Head of the Policy Lab

Cabinet Office

UK

Supported by

United Kingdom

Australia

Australia

Austria

Argentina

Canada

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Denmark

Finland

France

Georgia

Georgia

Portugal

Singapore

UAE

United Kingdom

USA

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Bangladesh

What we do

The States of Change collective is currently exploring and testing new ways of working in government. Alongside this, we are jointly designing new ways of supporting learning for public and social innovation globally.

Together we will...

Inspire action by sharing stories and practical experiences from public innovators

We want to unite the community of practice around public innovation in order to inspire and support each other to take action. We’ll be sharing stories on emerging practice, covering themes such as experimental approaches, data, design for policy, open governance and making the most of technology.

Build the field of public innovation by creating collaborative R&D projects to test what works

Public innovation is still an emerging practice, and nobody has all the answers yet. We are initiating peer-learning experiments and creating R&D projects to understand what works and why, and we’ll be sharing this in various formats with the wider community.

Support governments to make change happen through learning programmes and experiences

We’re developing learning programmes for public innovation that go beyond tools and methods to include 'innovation craft' - the behaviours and cultures that enable innovation in government. These programmes are designed for government teams tasked with innovating, and focus on in-practice, expert-led learning.