It’s no big secret that government can be dysfunctional. Entire TV series have been based around this premise. Working day in day out with both politicians and policymakers, it’s a norm I, too, am familiar with. And yet, the other half of my job, working with designers, has given me some unexpected insights into exactly why common governmental approaches to tackling problems rarely achieve their aims. It was this collection of observations that I tried to distil into my 15 minutes at TEDxOxbridge in June. And if this sparks any thoughts/ observations of your own, I’m all ears.