How is the US Department of State collaborating with Silicon Valley? What is State doing to be more innovative? How is the Department of State leveraging design thinking to more effectively meet its mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Zvika Krieger, Representative to Silicon Valley and Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the U.S. Department of State.

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This edition of the Business of Government magazine highlights strong leaders with the right talent who are charged with executing the business of government. Join host Michael Keegan as he tells the stories of such leaders as Anne Rung, Admiral Paul Zukunft, Dr. Reggie Brothers, Dr. David Bray, and LaVerne Council, outlines their collective challenges, illustrates their respective successes, shares the lessons they have learned – and ultimately, explore how best to help these leaders be effective.

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What is open innovation and how can government leaders use it to find new ways to improve services? What are the best ways to capitalize on open innovation? Join host Michael Keegan and he explores these questions and more with Donald Wynn and Renee Pratt authors Making Open Innovation Ecosystems Work: Case Studies in Healthcare.

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What factors contribute to Austria’s low rates of unemployment? How does Austria’s “dual educational system” factor into it? What is the Austrian Public Employment Service doing to enhance the way it does business? What can we learned from innovations being pursued in Austria? Join Michael Keegan for the inaugural global conversations with leaders series as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Johannes Kopf, managing director, Austrian Public Employment Service.

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Is the emerging vision of government as a platform too farfetched and unrealistic? Or does it portend a new era of citizen engagement in public service innovation? What are the distinct roles for citizens in public service co-creation and problem-solving? Are there strategies for creating an environment for co-creation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with the Satish Nambisan, co-author of “Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services.”

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What is the current state of government innovation offices? What should be considered when deciding to build an effective innovation office? What success factors go into building and sustaining innovation offices? How can you measure the success and identifying failures? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Rachel Burstein and Alissa Black, authors of the IBM Center report A Guide for Making Innovation Offices Work.

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What does the landscape of public sector innovation look like and what does this mean for innovators and those who study their efforts? How do awards programs promote innovation efforts? How can a climate for innovation be created in public organizations? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with Prof. Sandford Borins, author of the IBM Center report, The Persistence of Innovation in Government.

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