Monday, March 18, 2013

Co-Creating for a Better Society

Keynote by Christian Bason, Director of Innovation from MINDLAB (@christianbason)

Government is not often top of mind when thinking about innovation, yet Christian Bason clearly demonstrated in this keynote how his team have been infusing some fresh-thinking in the organisations they have been working with.

Mindlab is funded by three Danish Ministries: Education, Business and Employment. Although based in a Government building, the space looks more like a design studio, and the team are not the standard folk you would find there. They use design as a driver of policy, and focus on 'professional empathy' - experience what citizens experience - to change how Government works.

A number of projects were highlighted:

  • connecting new grads with mentors in employment to help them get a job
  • support services for those who look after a partner with dementia
  • how hospitals and the health professionals interact with their patients
  • resources and compliance for SMEs
Christian provided a good balance of practical, philosophical and technology-based solutions as examples of how his team have contributed to public sector innovation in Denmark.


Dr Claire McGowan is founding Director of Commercialisation Advisors Limited (COMMA) and been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and MBA from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, as well as personally building and growing companies. Her passion is in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors to build successful companies. She achieves this through her board roles on research and investment organisations and IP Market, as well as her Chair role with The Executive Connection (TEC). @clairemcgowan @ipmarket

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