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Innovate On Demand

Innovate On Demand

By Todd Lyons, Val Sosa, Nat Crandall
With hosts Natalie Crandall and Valeria Sosa, Innovate on Demand is a podcast series centralized around the theme of Innovation – the good and the bad. In line with the Canada School of Public Service’s mandate for learning, this podcast will allow public servants, passionate about innovation, to learn and share “on demand” and their convenience. Produced by Todd Lyons on behalf of the Canada School of Public Service. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
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A conversation with Aaron Schull, Managing director and general counsel, Centre for International Governance Innovation.
September 30, 2021
Inclusive Design
Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre discusses  the centre's purpose, vision and mission of ensuring that emerging  technologies and their associated practices are inclusive of everyone.
August 11, 2021
The Black Box
Kaveh Afshar discusses his experience working in the Chief Data Office at Environment and Climate Change Canada, and how that team works toward solving data problems through computer science, math and statistics.
July 13, 2021
On a Mission
Christiana Cavazzoni, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Chief Information Officer from the Department of National Defence, reflects on her ten year career in the public service, and how innovation has evolved.
April 16, 2021
Data Literacy
How can we map data literacy within the public service, and how can organizations analyze their data competencies to further their data  readiness and maturity?
March 04, 2021
A Culture of Experimentation
In today's day and age, organizations must make experimentation an  integral part of business to keep pace with market leaders. But if it's  so vital, why aren't more organizations taking this approach? Nurturing curiosity, empowering every employee to spearhead change, and embracing failure can seem risky and inefficient.
February 03, 2021
Unicorn Quest
Have you ever had an idea that has the potential to innovate the public  service, and wished you had a peer group to act as a sounding board in  developing and presenting it? On this episode, Tracey Snow, Acting  Manager with the Canada Revenue Agency, talks about her experience with  this.
January 01, 2021
A Conversation with Anil Arora
In this episode, we sat down with Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of  Canada, to discuss transformation within the public service and its  impact on the way we use and interpret data.
December 02, 2020
Digital Literacy, Mobility, Sovereignty
In the digital sphere, the public service has come a long way in facilitating internal collaboration and adopting best practices from other governments and organizations. What skills and knowledge should we strive to increase, because as we discussed on a previous episode, what got us here isn't going to get us to the next level.
November 01, 2020
From the Grassroots
In an ideal organization, innovation can grow from the grassroots. Any person, at any level of the hierarchy, has the potential to shape the future – if their idea has potential. But is there room for meritocracy in a hierarchy?
October 06, 2020
OneTeamGov Canada
You may have heard of their breakfast meetups, virtual coffees or their unconfernence, and wondered who are they? What do they do? Or perhaps even... why should you care? 
August 04, 2020
Better Humans
Innovation can be personal. New ideas, such as Emotional  Intelligence, can evolve and transform us. What can we do to to be  better humans, individually, and foundationally as a species?
July 06, 2020
Developing with Empathy
Some of the most valuable lessons we learn are shaped by specific  experiences, both good and bad. On this episode, Keith Colbourne, Product Manager at the RCMP discusses how growth gained through personal experiences can lead to professional change.
June 04, 2020
Predictive Hiring
How do you hire the right person for the job? In our federal public  service, the conventional method demands that applicants use a rigid  format, using specific keywords to map their education, skills and  experience onto a defined list of essential and merit criteria. Canada's  Free Agents went another way, assessing applicants against a set of  behavioural characteristics, to great success. Our guest this episode  says that whatever process we try to implement, in the end, it all comes  down to first impressions.
May 04, 2020
Consensus Hiring and Surge Teams
A Surge Team is a group of employees with no ongoing files. Instead,  they exist to tackle priority initiatives identified by Deputy Ministers  and other senior government officials. The assignments are time  sensitive, complex and innovative, and as such, depend on employees  suited to this type of dynamic work. But how do you find the right  people to perform in an environment of frequent change?
April 07, 2020
Working in the Open
In 10 years, we've transformed from a public service where individual  blogging and tweeting was considered career-endangering activity, to one  that now hosts public-facing professional networking and collaboration  platforms. Our guest this episode was at or near the centre of the  projects that orchestrated our transformation from then to now.
March 10, 2020
Virtual Leadership
Telework remains a contentious issue in the public service. Some  groups use it extensively. Others grant it only in extreme circumstances  and for limited periods of time, requiring proof of need in order to  prolong the arrangement, because after all, how can you manage people  you can't see? And how could a manager ever possibly consider  teleworking?
February 11, 2020
Regulatory AI
Whether you're a citizen or a business, wading through policy,  regulation and legislation can be difficult. How can a human being  navigate thousands of words written in complex formal and legal  vocabulary? Well, increasingly, we're trying to delegate that difficult  work to a helper better suited to the task: software. By converting  rules into code, we can concentrate instead on asking AI to provide us  with the details pertaining to our situation, such as eligibility,  benefits, obligations, and restrictions.
January 10, 2020
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Public Service
The Lead of the Paper Plane Exchange at the Canada School of Public Service, talks about how work and volunteer experience outside of the Government of Canada can contribute to meaningful innovation within the public service. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
December 05, 2019
Survival of the Most Adaptable
Our guest this episode worked for a mega corporation before joining the public service and experienced first hand how any organization can be bogged down as it scales up in size and complexity. He believes that success is tied to a willingness to adapt, so what has his experience been like since joining the public sector? An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
November 08, 2019
Reflections, realizations, and suggestions for a path forward for those who've struggled to innovate in the public service: what to look for in other people and within yourself when the frustration makes you feel like quitting. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
August 01, 2019
Individual Innovation
It can be daunting, even depressing, to be a person with an idea inside a massive organization. After all, what can one individual to do effect change from within? On this episode of Innovate on Demand, Dana Landry asks us to consider the power of one. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
July 09, 2019
Human-Centred Impact Evaluation
What's an Innovation Lab? What is Rapid Impact Assessment, and how is it different from Iteration? And how can acknowledging failure increase connectedness to the people affected, and bring a better outcome? More honest experiences from the field, on this edition of Innovate On Demand. An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
June 12, 2019
Field of (Broken) Dreams
What does innovation even mean? Is it the magic bullet for any problem that some people make it out to be? Is it something we should even be attempting in the public service, given what's at risk? Or is it the latest shiny thing we feel pressured to chase? An accessible version of this podcast can be found on the Canada School of Public Service’s external facing website.
May 03, 2019