Rewiring for Collaboration + Collaboration Masterclass 
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Rewiring government for collaboration + Masterclass free for Vic Public Servants


Large organisations transform themselves by putting new ways of working into action. Effective change at this scale always requires excellent collaboration and dedicated capability building. This month’s newsletter includes case studies from the Department of Employment, and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade that demonstrate how this is happening in some of our larger Commonwealth government departments. Plus, find out how to enrol in our Collaboration Masterclass at no cost if you are a Victorian Public Servant.
PROJECTS
DFAT INNOVATIONXCHANGE'S 2015 IDEAS CHALLENGE
Launched by the Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, the 2015 innovationXchange's Ideas Challenge was a great demonstration of the enthusiasm and potential to be unlocked by committing to a culture of innovation and collaboration in the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT). We worked closely with the innovationXchange team to customise our online Ideas Management System, to align with their business processes and goals.
The results:
  • 392 ideas submitted
  • 51% of the Department participated
  • 1 in 3 ideas came from overseas postings
Read more about how this project unfolded on our blog here.
A COLLABORATION MASTERCLASS

We recently partnered with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) to provide Collaboration Masterclasses to the Victorian Public Service.

VMIA wanted to help their clients increase their capability to work together across departments and agencies. This masterclass provides a quick level-up, with attendees self-reporting an average 30% increase in collaboration capability after the workshop.
FREE MASTERCLASS OFFER FOR VIC PUBLIC SERVANTS:
VMIA are hosting another three sessions this year, available to any Victorian Public Service employee. Register here!

If you would be interested in running a masterclass to improve collaboration capability in your organisation or industry, please get in touch!
CASE-STUDY: DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, EMPLOYMENT 2.0

Under the leadership of a Secretary committed to innovation and collaboration, Employment 2.0 is the bold new project out of the Australian Commonwealth’s Department of Employment.

Collabforge partnered with the Department to create a common sense of identity among internal teams, building an understanding of how they could better leverage each other’s expertise, and spread the benefits of collaboration and innovation across the Department.
Read more about the project and its outcomes here.
COLLABORATION INSPIRATION
TAIWAN LEADING THE WAY IN PARTICIPATORY GOVERNMENT
A novel collection of civic technologies, government commitments, and mass media participation is reshaping the nation’s democratic process. Dubbed vTaiwan, it demonstrates that democracy is always a work in progress and there are ever more opportunities for participation and deliberation to be integrated into formal government processes.

"The vTaiwan process now routinely leads to passage of laws by Taiwan’s national legislature. And it’s gaining momentum: on July 26, Taiwan’s new premier declared in a cross-ministry meeting that “all substantial national issues should go through a vTaiwan-like process.”"

Read the full article here.
COLLABORATION IN THE LEGAL INDUSTRY

Thea O'Connor recently interviewed our Lead Collaboration Strategist, Hailey Cooperrider in relation to recent findings regarding the benefits of collaboration for law firms at the big and small end of town.

When firms collaborated, although there were perceived risks of client poaching and stolen IP, the numbers showed in reality they were able to "earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, gain access to more lucrative clients and attract more cutting edge work."

Read the full article here.
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