Read the latest blogs from the IGL network.

Piret at IGL2019

Driving innovation and experimentation in government from a systems perspective: not only what and how, but why

By Piret Tõnurist on Friday, 14 June 2019.

Is there anyone left that thinks governments should continue as they are? That work is somehow going to slow down and we can go back to a stable environment? Piret Tõnurist outlines why governments need to adapt in this changing world.

IGL2019 Luke Nightingale at podium

Putting policy experimentation into action at IGL2019

By James Phipps on Thursday, 13 June 2019.

By now you should have gathered that at IGL we believe innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth policy would benefit from being more experimental. It will also therefore not be a surprise that this is a common theme at IGL conferences, with sessions each year showcasing policy relevant experiments and workshops that build awareness and knowledge of experimental approaches.


IGL2019: Understanding the people of innovation policy making

By Ksenia Zheltoukhova on Monday, 10 June 2019.

New ideas in innovation policymaking often seek to improve the process of discovering and measuring innovation, as well as challenge our understanding of the comparative benefits of existing approaches for the economy and society. IGL2019 speakers offered an important additional thread, sharing insights on how innovation agencies could spot, develop and support the people behind the policymaking process.

Lessons from IGL2019: improving research productivity, collaboration, commercialisation and impact

By Henry Sauermann on Monday, 10 June 2019.

During the Policy and Practice Learning Lab at IGL2019 in Berlin, we hosted a range of workshops and interactive sessions to give policymakers the opportunity to put their learning into action. Henry Sauermann, Associate Professor of Strategy at EMST Berlin, joined a panel to discuss how we understand scientists’ and researchers’ motives to improve research productivity, collboaration, commercialisation and impact.

Neil Lee at IGL2019

How to test innovation in the real world: insights from IGL2019

By Jen Rae and Harry Armstrong on Friday, 7 June 2019.

The emergence of new technological capabilities, whether in the form of Artificial Intelligence enabled autonomous vehicles or new ways of delivering services, offer important benefits for the economy and society. But their novelty can pose a problem. How will these innovations function in the real world? How can we employ these new ideas to maximize the benefits and mitigate potential harms? What other structures, physical, organisational or social, will we need to put in place for them to work?

Sofia at IGL2019

IGL2019: Gender and innovation

By Eszter Czibor on Friday, 7 June 2019.

At IGL2018, we were compelled to reckon with a large and persistent gender gap in innovation - and so this year, we asked experts how we could close the gap. Sofia Bapna from the Carlson School of Management and Rembrand Koning from the Harvard Business School presented some answers based on their latest research at the IGL2019 Research Meeting in Berlin.