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How can the knowledge and practice of the University and partners contribute to solving immanent social problems? New technologies may play an important role in solving these problems; we help find develop early experiments to find their uses and impact.
Government Innovation Series: Adapting Innovation Canvases with UBR and Algemene Bestuursdienst
The Centre for Innovation, together with its partner Uitvoeringsorganisatie Bedrijfsvoering Rijk (UBR), is designing and implementing an open ‘government innovation methodology’ to develop processes and tools that help innovators evolve rough ideas to proven concepts. To support investment decisions for innovation projects, we tested the Lean Canvas with senior government managers of the Algemene Bestuursdienst (ABD) - a collective of top civil servants in the Netherlands.
Creating Green Spaces in a University
While Leiden University is home to wonderful green spaces, such as the Hortus Botanicus and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, not everybody associates the average faculty building with going green. In 2017, as part of a Make-a-thon, colleagues of the Centre for Innovation pitched the idea of a garden. The garden would be in the unused backyard of the Schouwburgstraat of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, and it received the go-ahead!