• In the third of four interviews hosted at the OneTeamGov Global event in London, we talk to Pablo Fernández Vallejo; Service Designer at Laboratorio de Gobierno Argentino; part of the Argentinian Ministry of Modernisation. We discover how international service design principles translate in Latin America, and how LabGovAr is tackling deep societal issues in partnership with government departments.

    We chat to Pablo about his transition from industrial design into service design, through his education in Berlin, and how he's applying this expertise in Buenos Aires. We learn how living in multiple international cities builds empathy across cultural difference, why products that are kind can be the most effective, and what the UK border experience can teach us about the design of public services.

    Pablo also shares his hopes and expectations for the International Design Conference, as it brings together specialists from around the world to explore themes around ethics, power, and diversity.

  • In the second of four interviews hosted at the OneTeamGov Global event in London, we talk to the Director for the Centre for Homelessness Impact; Ligia Teixeira. With the recent publication of a new rough sleeping strategy, we learn how data and evidence can make the UK government’s vision to eradicate homelessness by 2027 a reality.

    We chat to Ligia about her background in academia at the London School of Economics, and hear how her conversations with homeless people in London inspired her to volunteer, and then work, for the charity Crisis. Ligia explains how the 50 year anniversary of the homeless sector prompted the creation of a new organisation, with a mission to promote and support evidence-based interventions.

    Ligia also shares examples of how we can all practice effective altruism, gives us tips on using our 80,000 hours of work for good, and inspires us towards self improvement through constant reflection and learning.

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  • In the first of four interviews hosted at the OneTeamGov Global event in London, we chat to FutureGov Australia's Studio Director, Sarah Hurcombe. Having worked across all levels of public sector, private sector, consulting, and charities, Sarah shares her unique perspective on how these organisations can work together to improve outcomes for citizens.

    From working within the heart of UK government in the Cabinet Office through to the local levels in Australia, we hear how Sarah's legal background helped her to bringing together analytical and user-centred approaches to service delivery. We talk about qualitative versus quantitative data, the value of stories in amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups, and how to create better public sector leaders.

    Sarah also shares her reflections on moving back home to Australia, why running a cafe in Sydney means applying the best of human-centred design, and gives our listeners a freebie offer you won't want to miss!

  • We're in North America talking to Lena Trudeau, co-founder and CEO of Nuage Cloud Strategies, formerly of the Canadian Digital Service in Ottawa and 18F in Washington DC. A passionate public sector leader, Lena has served many tours of duty in government technology, and also spent time at Amazon Web Services growing cloud adoption within government.

    We chat to Lena about her long career in public service, including at the Presidential Innovation Fellows program in the White House, and how she went on to establish a digital delivery culture in the US government with 18F. We learn why she believes international public servants are a national asset, how the tech world can do better with diversity, and hear her thoughts on empathetic and human-centred leadership models.

    Lena also tells us why she loves Canadian cultural values, and educates us on the fast-paced world of ice hockey. We get her top bourbon recommendations in preparation for the regular Friday afternoon OneTeamGov celebration!

  • We're in London at the BSides conference chatting to our former colleague Ahana Datta, Head of Cyber Security at the Financial Times newspaper. The first ethical hacker hired in UK Government; Ahana went on to lead the security profession within the civil service, working with the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign Office and the National Cyber Security Centre.

    We chat about her time doing security for the greater good, the practicalities of securing the prison system in a traditional risk averse culture, and how motivations differ in the private sector. We get Ahana's inside scoop on classic security myths, and why she hates the term 'cyber'.

    Ahana also shares stories about breaking into cash machines, being mistaken for the intern, and how she manages to 'secret squirrel' on social media. All of this set to a backdrop of RnB classics! We dare you to try and find her anywhere else on the interweb.

  • We go on the road to Gothenburg for the launch of One Team Gov Sweden! In this show we chat to Adrian Solitander; programme manager at the research and innovation agency Vinnova, and co-founder of the Swedish One Team Gov community. Adrian is passionate about helping people engage digitally in government and society.

    We chat about Adrian's background in European policy, his transition into the digital space, and how it feels to be working at the forefront of Swedish innovation. We hear Adrian's reflections on Brexit, his experience working in the European Commission during the financial crisis, and creative ways of fostering innovation through funding.

    Adrian also shares his thoughts on encouraging collaboration across public sector silos, how government is enabling everything from algorithms to inflatable bike helmets, and why he's excited about the One Team Gov Global event in London on the 16th of July. Visit oneteamgov.uk to apply for your ticket now!

  • In our first ever show we talk to Kit Collingwood; co-founder of the One Team Gov public sector reform movement. Kit is a senior civil servant who is passionate about public services that work for everyone, and about modernising government. She cares deeply about new leadership models based on radical empathy, humility, and vulnerability.

    We chat about how One Team Gov got started, and how it's bringing together disparate communities to take practical action for public sector reform. We hear Kit's reflections on her career in policy and digital; including her role in delivering the first Government Digital Service exemplar, and on leading data teams for the welfare state.

    Kit also gives her thoughts on how we can make government more inclusive, why Rebecca Solnit is her patronus, and why you should join us at One Team Gov Global event in London on the 16th of July. Visit oneteamgov.uk to apply for your ticket now!