A Mayors Challenge like no other

For the world’s mayors, these are uniquely challenging times. James Anderson, head of Government Innovation programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, explains how this year’s Mayors Challenge is responding.

Building a data culture in City Hall

Name: Harsha Mallajosyula Title: Chief Data Officer City: Paterson, N.J.

The Mayors Challenge—and the skills-building that comes with participating

The Mayors Challenge isn’t just a competition about big ideas. It’s also a process that helps cities build their innovation muscles.

Mayors Challenge impact: A look back at previous winners

Here's how past winners of a one-of-a-kind ideas competition addressed their toughest challenges—and the impact they were able to create as a result.

Year in review: 5 bright spots in a difficult year

A year most city leaders would rather forget is winding down. It wasn’t all bad.


Helping city solutions spread: How we think about ‘replication’ at Bloomberg Philanthropies

Inside the foundation's thinking about how best to spread solutions to big urban challenges from one city to another.

6 lessons cities can learn from New Jersey’s cutting-edge innovation team

Beth Simone Noveck shares experiences driving new ways of working in state government and what city leaders can take from them.

Cities double down on innovation, even as they tighten their belts

Budgets are tighter than perhaps ever before, but local leaders are still finding ways to build innovation capacity throughout their city halls