Academy Recap: Ideation

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Patrick Mulhern, Salesforce Administrator in the Office of Innovation and Technology. Ideation. That’s what the Innovation Academy has done. Every member of the class, at some time or another, had a brilliant…

Academy Recap: Complex Systems

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Alex Shirreffs, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator in the Department of Public Health. How many innovators does it take to re-boot a Power Point projection? Zero… even innovators have to call IT…

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Three New Opportunities Posted on BigIdeasPHL

The City has posted three new opportunities on its small contract site, BigIdeasPHL: For creative research on Philadelphians’ traffic knowledge and behavior, an effort that will help inform future policy and projects to reduce and eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities. For proposals to improve or replace the BigIdeasPHL website, the City’s site for posting small professional contracts of $32,000 or less. For help…

Academy Recap: Value Propositions

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Joseph Gruber, Lead GIS Analyst, Department of Licenses & Inspections.  The first four weeks of AMI taught us to ideate through design thinking, to analyze with systems thinking, to…

Holiday Wishlist Part 1: Stable homes

This holiday season, the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) shares data that can help individuals and communities protect homes from foreclosure. Data at a Glance: OHCD’s Homes Saved Program data, list of Housing Counseling Agencies, and Neighborhood Advisory Committee data. Securing Homes Saving Homes from Foreclosure. Often the most affordable home is the…

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Academy Recap: Storytelling

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Sarah DeWolf, Director of Performance Management in the Department of Public Health.  As I headed to class on Tuesday, I wondered how professors Mark Havens and Jeff Clemmons would…

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Academy Recap: Cobra Skin

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Nick Jann, Manager of Special Projects in the Office of Economic Development.  In our recent session at the Academy of Municipal Innovation at Philadelphia University, conducted by Jeff Klemens…