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Public innovation labs around the world are closing — here's why

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Three high-profile innovation labs have closed in the past year as government shift their focus from innovation to digitalRead full story

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  • Digitalisation can only be a tactical step towards a much larger end goal of innovation. Without innovation digitalisation would have never occurred, neither would have any of the steps that led to digitalisation. If countries are really thinking about economic competition or any long-term competitive advantage as a nation, giving up their focus on innovation might be a very short-sighted maneuver.

  • This whole story for both the lab and the new digital agency shows that there was never any real consumer research done on the public to determine if there was any real contributions made.

    As an innovation lab, MindLab had much more value and potential to offer rather than a digital agency.

    If customers can't even get on the internet, what is the point of a digital agency. This article does bring that up and that's scary.

    Consumer research would have determined that the digital agency would

    This whole story for both the lab and the new digital agency shows that there was never any real consumer research done on the public to determine if there was any real contributions made.

    As an innovation lab, MindLab had much more value and potential to offer rather than a digital agency.

    If customers can't even get on the internet, what is the point of a digital agency. This article does bring that up and that's scary.

    Consumer research would have determined that the digital agency would have no real effect until they solved their consumer usage problem. It would have told the government that they need to allocate resources to innovate and continue being a great nation.

    This article is also an example of the HIPPO problem, where people have to listen to the highest paid person's opinion even if they know it's wrong. Companies and governments need to gather all the information before making a decision. One out of gut thinking will not work in this day and age.

  • This is no different from what's happening in corporate innovation labs. Labs are setup with much fanfare and liberally use words like disruption and innovation because they make for good press. In reality, they are run by innovation "experts" who have reputations but no discernable track record of results. Eventually, leadership gets upset by the money being wasted without sufficient outcomes.

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