Unleashing civil servants to innovate

By James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation program lead

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.

 

Critical tools for crisis comms

For the people who run city hall communications shops, the COVID-19 crisis means managing head-spinning announcements and never-ending news cycles, all, in many cases, while working from home.

To support city communications directors and leads through this challenging time, Bloomberg Philanthropies created the COVID-19 Communications Module, which offers insights and recommendations about how to staff and organize comms teams in a crisis, along with a set of tools and templates they can customize for day-to-day tasks like fielding the surge of media inquiries or shooting video for social media.

Denver’s Peak Academy practices what it preaches—and pivots

Ever since Denver started teaching its city employees to spot waste and improve efficiency in their work in 2012, the city’s “Peak Academy” has been something of a national institution, beloved by

What happens when an entire city department is trained to innovate?

When the Miami Innovation Academy launched a couple of years ago with the aim of teaching city hall workers how to cut waste and inefficiency from their everyday work, Annie Perez

Unleashing the creativity of city employees

Increasingly, cities sit at the intersection of some of our most pressing problems, such as homelessness, inequality, and climate change.