Alliance for Innovation Regional Director Stories from the Road
Partnering with UMANT for Dallas Idea Exchange
Attendees discuss what stood out to them from the speakers
12 October 2016 |
The Alliance for Innovation partnered with the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT) to host another idea exchange on September 22 in Allen, TX around the topics of the workforce of the future/innovative cultures, community policing and citizen engagement.
We opened up with 3 great speakers around the topics:
Chief Brian Harvey discussing community policing
Chief Harvey discussed what community policing looks like. Traditional policing is reactive while community policing is about building trust and innovative solutions to public safety challenges. It’s about determining what is important to the community when it comes to policing. Larry Schooler showcased Austin's citizen engagement philosophy, discussing TVTownHalls, ConversationCorps, a volunteer group of facilitators. Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision need to have an impact on it. Finally, Leonard Martin discussed why he doesn't look to hire department leaders with just expertise but looks for those that have management and leadership tools to lead the departments. He grows leaders in the organization that fit the culture instead of hiring outside.
Larry Schooler discussing Austin's approach to citizen engagement
After a short break, attendees were then able to engage with each speaker to ask questions and discuss what projects and ideas they are doing in their communities related to the topic.
The Alliance is already planning to partner with UMANT on another event in the Spring 2017.
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