The Alliance for Innovation defines Innovation as a changed process, approach, product or service that is new to you or your organization and produces better results that are valued. Innovation is most powerful when it is adopted by others.
Innovation, at its core, is about making things better in ways that are useful and valuable to people. It is about changing our services, our processes, our tools or our products to add value that matters to the people that use them. It is about discovering challenges or opportunities, designing possible enhancements, evaluating and selecting the best ones, and then using our ideas, our skills, our talents, our data, and our relationships to serve ever better.
The TLG 2018 program will focus on stories of success (and failure) on programs, projects, services, and initiatives demonstrating creative and innovative practices relative to the categories below:
- Thinking Like a Futurist: What steps are you taking to become a resilient community? Can you showcase sustainability efforts that focus on environmental, economic and social justice factors? Is your organization thinking 20 to 50 years from now?
- Reinventing Local Government: In what ways has your organization adopted a new and systematic mindset for delivering services? How are you using performance management and metrics to improve the organization? How are you maximizing opportunities to become a smart city? Are you investing in your future workforce?
- Culture Club: How does your organization create an environment to allow for innovation to occur? How did you get started down that path, how do you keep the innovation flame burning? Have you created an ecosystem for new ideas and addressing challenges?
- Community Networking: What partnerships and collaborations are in place that strengthened your community and increased efficiency in your government operations?
- What about All This Data? – How have you utilized both technology and communication strategies around big data and open data, for example, dashboards or community engagement among other sources?
Participation in this activity can be used to meet your annual ICMA credentialing requirements