A while back, Steve Goldsmith, of Harvard University’s Ash Center for Governance and Innovation, asked me to present Philadelphia’s innovation story at a National League of Cities event. Leaders from across the country heard and asked great questions about what we have accomplished. The feedback was incredibly positive both on that day and after. The podcast version above is about a half hour long and gives an overview of our efforts that anyone can learn from. It tells the story of how we’ve re-innovated government in Philadelphia. Cities have reached out from across the country to hear about what we have done around innovation and we thought we would share this presentation more broadly in an effort to help others learn from our efforts, challenges and lessons learned. We are proud of this story; it begins with a vision, focuses on our strategy and explains how we worked to build the right team. Yes, it highlights the progress we’ve made but it also emphasizes our continuing goals for the future. We are just getting started. Many of the efforts you will hear about are foundational and are an important part of a modernization effort that is unprecedented in government. As the first City administration to come of age during the “real-time” digital age, our journey has just begun as a City. My favorite part of all of this is our great people. Who didn’t just think “outside the box” but threw that old box away to lead transformational change. It is my wish that these efforts will help keep Philadelphia at the forefront of innovation and technology for generations to come. This is our Philadelphia story. I hope it helps you write your own.
Rich Negrin is the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination. Service Centered Leadership is the Managing Director’s blog series appearing on PhillyInnovates. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichNegrin.