There is no magic formula for public sector innovation, but there are tools and techniques that can help governments find ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper.

A column by John O'Leary looks at one approach being used in Denmark by MindLab, a public center of innovation. Funky furniture and walls you can write on are only part of the story. Most importantly, MindLab takes a proactive look at innovation, purposely looking for better ways of producing public value.