Activating Innovation Champions
Equipping cities with the leadership skills to apply, teach, and coach innovation methodology throughout their city.
About Activating Innovation Champions
Activating Innovation Champions is a six-week extension program focused on equipping city staff with the skills in adaptation, facilitation, and coaching to bring the Path to Innovation process to new challenges in City Hall. Through this ‘Train the Trainer’ model, cities receive coach mentorship and a cross-cohort peer community to scope and launch two new innovation projects in the city.
AIC recognizes that senior leadership, middle management, and front-line municipal staff may coalesce around a shared vision for innovation, but that their “task” in building and sustaining this vision is distinct. Oftentimes, front-line staff are responsible for the “bottom-up” design work (speaking with residents, sharing skills with peers, or executing new ideas) while senior leadership is positioned to create the structural conditions for innovation teams and projects to thrive at all levels of City Hall. As such, AIC additionally provides one-to-one coaching for select senior leaders and inspirational Master Classes on ‘Leading Public Innovation’ for a broader swath of leadership.
7 city governments particpated
25 government employees trained in new leadership skills
14 new innovation projects launched
55 city government employees exposed to innovation
95% of participants feel better equipped to lead new innovation projects after the program
90% of participants feel better equipped to teach and coach after the program
95% of participants would recommend the program to a colleague
90% of participants believe Activating Innovation Champions is a critical step in innovation training journeys