Innovation and change: ideas, networks and communities


Innovation and change is as essential to the public sector as continuity. Innovation is both a creative and a collaborative process, in which new ideas are generated, tested, refined and embedded in practice. New knowledge emerges from a shaking-up of the established order, followed by a synthesis between old and new: first dialogue, then consensus. Social networks and communities of practice and action are central venues for the emergence and diffusion of new knowledge and practice. Knowledge mobilisation helps to lower the barriers to innovation by bridging organisations and network levels, supporting social learning, making connections and fostering dialogue.

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