Nick Kittle, Performance, Innovation and Sustainability Manager, Adams County, CO
12 May 2015
Alliance for Innovation hosted its annual Transforming Local Government conference and government innovators flocked to Phoenix to talk about the best ways to serve citizens, support innovative cultures and transform the experience. Yes, I said government innovators and no, it’s not an oxymoron. It's a moral imperative.
If you think about it, government is the largest employer in the US and the largest service provider. Government is about you. It’s about me. It’s about all of us. It has the ability to influence how we live every aspect of our lives, from the cup of water that brews our morning coffee, to the road we are driving to work on. It's the safety of the building we work in and the lunch we eat. In short, it's everywhere. And it's critical that we support innovative cultures that delivery service in new ways to our citizens. Better. Faster. Cheaper. Brighter.
The great news is there are hundreds of local leaders here to exchange and excite each other about the possible. As this group of local civil servants gathers to see best practices and share ideas, some common themes have emerged from the 2015 conference:
As the conference gears up or winds down (depending on your point of view), these lessons permeate the speakers points, infect every room and conversation and embed themselves as immutable lessons in the nature of today's successful government innovation.
And for me, it is refreshing to know so many great people are charting that path together--to help us all lead better lives. Team Us.
This piece originally appeared on Nick's LinkedIn page. To see updates on innovation, leadership and life's lessons, connect with Nick.
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