At the start of the New Year Alliance staff have been empowering the Alliance Ambassadors – a volunteer group of innovation torch bearers within each local government member organization – to assist Regional Directors in planning events that help participants discover innovations on hot topics and also leave them inspired to innovate!
Civic Trust and Engagement in Washington:
In January the City of Bellevue, Wash. hosted an Innovation Lab on the hot topic of Civic Trust and Engagement. The Alliance Innovation Lab is design to incorporate speakers from academic and private sectors to inspire participants to think creatively and also provides facilitated activities that help attendees leave with a new idea to take back to their own organizations. During the Bellevue lab attendees heard from speakers from both the arts and social media professions which spurred excitement and a new way to view how to create unique platforms for civic engagement.
Bellevue, Washington Innovation Lab Happy Hour
Continuous Improvement in Colorado:
Also during the first quarter of the year, three cities within Colorado; Littleton, Westminster and Lakewood collaborated with the Alliance to create an Innovation Lab on continuous improvement. Again the lab format is designed to help attendees learn about a hot topic from the perspective of professionals from different sectors, while also being provided with Alliance case studies on innovations happening across the country. During the Denver Lab participants learned about continuous improvement from the school district, non for profit and private sector points of views and also heard from Denver’s Peak Academy about how successful efforts start with each individual staff member who wants to make a positive difference in their organization.
Colorado Innovation Lab Thought Leaders discuss Challenges in Continuous Improvement at Denver Puch Bowl Social
Continuing the conversations:
The Alliance is not only a partner to cities but also state associations. We recently partnered with the Arizona City/County Management Association and even the California Management Association to bring attendees our research on the Next Big Thing which discusses the top 44 trends to impact local government in the next 20 years. We look forward to partnering with a variety of local government agencies to continue to inspire innovation throughout the year! If you are looking to bring an Alliance workshop to your region please contact, me, Nijah Fudge, West Reginal Director for the Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise look out for upcoming events near you on our calendar!