“We must replace the concept of authority with the more open term platform, which means that the role of the public sector becomes more supportive and facilitating for others.”
Christian Bason is Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre (DDC), which works to strengthen the value of all forms of design in society. Before joining DDC, Christian headed MindLab, a cross-governmental innovation unit run by a range of national ministries and a city government, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining MindLab, he held various leading positions at Ramboll, an international consultancy, including as Head of the public organization and management practice and as Head of employment and human resource policy evaluation.
Bason is passionate about transforming the public sector’s ability to better meet the needs of citizens and society. He has presented to and advised a wide range of governments around the world on innovation in the public sector, and is a member of a number of advisory bodies in Denmark and internationally. Most recently, he was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation. He is a regular columnist and blogger and the author of five books on leadership, design, innovation and change in the public sector. Christian Basons most recent books include Design for Policy (Gower Ashgate, forthcoming 2014), Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society (Policy Press 2010) and (in Danish) Put the Citizen into Play: How to Involve Citizens and Businesses in Public Sector Innovation (Gyldendal Public 2009). Recent research publications include “Discovering co-production by design” (DESIS Research Network 2013), “Engaging Citizens in Policy Innovation: Benefiting public policy from the design inputs of citizens and stakeholders as ‘experts’ (Australian National University 2013), “Public managers as designers” (Danish Journal of Management and Business, 2012) and “Powering Collaborative Innovation: Can Innovation Labs Help?” (The Innovation Journal 2012).
Bason holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Aarhus University, executive education from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School and is currently a Ph.D. Fellow at Copenhagen Business School, where he is writing a thesis on public managers as designers.
He tweets @christianbason