The Centre for Public Impact and the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation are working together to understand how local governments can fail forward and are supporting cities as they catalyze cultures of innovation.
Translating innovation to impact
Failure is at the root of any successful innovation project, but local governments’ ability to identify, learn from, and do something about failures are limited by budgeting and longstanding cultures of risk aversion. We know that cities will need to innovate if they are to meet the great challenges of our time - this project aims to help them actually translate innovation to impact.
Research and interviews
We are seeking perspectives and expertise on all aspects of failing forward.
If you currently work in or with government, or if you have private or social sector experience that is relevant and you are interested in sharing your thoughts on this topic, we’d love to hear from you.
"I am seeing the development of more workgroups within the agency that are inclusive and represent the voice of the agency and this will greatly impact efforts toward process improvement and service delivery"
D.C. Government Employee
6 local governments across the U.S. learned how to Fail Forward
150 city workers engaged with our Fail Forward program
20 departments participated in Failure Foundries
Who gets to learn from failure? A discussion between CPI and the Aspen Institute
How Do We Fail Forward? 3 key themes from our first Reimagining Government webinar of 2021
CityLab: Let's not go back to "normal"
US News & World Report: The case for failure: to tackle inequality, cities must embrace their missteps
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Carrie S. Cihak
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with David Noguera
ICYMI: Mayors, Government Leaders Speak to the Importance of ‘Failing Forward’
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Bobby Humes
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Kate Bender
How to fail (forward): a discussion with the Aspen Institute
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Learn from failure: building a resilient, responsive LR
Governments need to fail forward, now more than ever
Governments Must Fail (Forward) to Succeed
Helping Local Governments Embrace Failure: New Initiative Launched by the Centre for Public Impact and the Aspen Institute
Explore Partnership Opportunities
If your organisation is interested in partnering with the Centre for Public Impact to build cultures that embrace learning from failure in government, please contact us.
We thank our strategic partners: