Breaking the Silos on Local Innovation
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Breaking the Silos on Local Innovation looks into two critical aspects within the public sector when it comes to the theme of innovation: how do we commission it and how do we host it?

The course consists of two modules which aim to equip international city practitioners, commissioners, and decision makers with very practical training that can be applied independently within your local context. The course aims to provide you with new concepts and ideas from some of our experts in the field of local innovation.
Each module can be studied together or separately.

Module 1. Innovation Procurement: Why introducing innovation in the public sector isn’t as hard as you probably think!

Are you getting started on tackling the procurement problem?

Ask pioneering place leaders what is stopping them from harnessing the creativity of the market to solve their pressing service and policy challenges and you will get the same answer: "Procurement policy doesn’t allow it." However, in our experience, the challenge lies less with the procurement policy itself than with popular perception of it. We explore some ideas on how to change procurement processes to solve this hurdle.

Duration: approx: 1h 30min

Module 2. Innovation Districts, Parks and Quarters: What it takes to establish a local hub of innovation!

Across over 100 cities worldwide, buildings and districts have been designated future centres of innovation, but not all live up to the name. 
In this module, you will learn about demand preconditions, location requirements, and interventions or catalysts that enable places to host innovation economies successfully across different formats and scales. We have based our content on original research from more than 30 such places of innovation to create this module.
 Duration: approx: 1h 30min
Meet the instructor

Connected Places Catapult

Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. We provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets. And we run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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