The following interview was done by Diseño Público with Jesper Christiansen, a public innovation thinker and practitioner who works as a Senior Programme Manager in the Innovation Skills team in Nesta, helping people and organisations improve how they innovate for the public and social good.
Previously he worked at Danish cross-government innovation unit Mindlab, which aims to create new solutions for society working collaboratively with citizens, communities and businesses. Jesper founded and directed MindLab’s research programme, focusing on capturing, analysing and communicating insights and lessons from the lab’s work. He also managed MindLab’s international collaborations, and worked with and advised several governments, public agencies and international institutions.
Jesper has a PhD in Anthropology. His thesis explores public innovation as a way of coping with current societal issues, and its potential to increase the effectiveness and legitimacy of state interventions.