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Welcome to the Government Innovators Network

A Portal for Innovative Ideas

This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area related to innovation. Additional resources include:

The Ash Center's Innovations in American Government Awards Program, and its affiliated international programs, are integral to the Government Innovators Network. Learn about the awards program and how to apply.

moreTop News Stories

Knight Foundation launches urban innovation competition in U.S.

Topic: Civic Engagement
Minneapolis' first "parklets" pop up on city streets

Topic: Arts & Recreation
In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

Topic: School Social Service
Chief Resilience Officers: Coming to Your City?

Topic: Emergency Management
Innovative Plans Help Cities Effectively Live with Water

Topic: *Collaboration
Metro pilot program will allow riders to pay with smartphones

Topic: *Accountability
Louisville, Nashville and Philadelphia Selected as 1st City Accelerator Finalists

Topic: Fire Prevention & Response
L.A. appoints its first chief data officer

Topic: Leadership
DHS Announces Funding for Cybersecurity Research

Topic: Homeland Security
How to Make the Sharing Economy Work for Governments

Topic: Privatization

moreUpcoming Events

WEFTEC Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
September 27, 2014 - October 1, 2014
New Orleanes, LA
ATCA 59th Annual Conference
September 28, 2014 - October 1, 2014
National Harbor, MD
2014: Local Government CIO Summit
September 28, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Nashville, TN
39th Annual NACCED Conference and Training
September 28, 2014 - October 1, 2014
Arlington, VA
NASCIO Annual Conference
September 28, 2014 - October 1, 2014
Nashville, TN
IARSLCE Annual Conference
September 29, 2014 - October 1, 2014
New Orleanes, LA
AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Conference and Expo
October 5, 2014 - October 8, 2014
Washington, DC
October 6, 2014 - October 8, 2014
Baltimore, MD

New Book: The Responsive City

The Responsive City provides a compelling model for the future of governance and is co-authored by Harvard Professors Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford. More»

Harvard Executive Education

"Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance" at Harvard Kennedy School will be chaired by Archon Fung and Mark Moore from October 19–24, 2014. Learn more»

The PerformanceStat Potential

In a new book from Brookings and the Ash Center, author Robert Behn analyzes the leadership behaviors at the core of PerformanceStat to identify how they work to produce results in public organizations. More»

East West Open Innovation Chats

Join in the conversation on September 18 for online chats with counterparts in China on open data innovation. Learn more»

The Persistence of Innovation in Government

A new book from the Ash Center & Brookings by Sandford Borins addresses the enduring significance of innovation in government as practiced by public servants, documented by innovation awards, analyzed by scholars, and discussed by the media. More»

A Start-Up Helps Towns Market Their Property

New York Times article features Harvard Kennedy School students who launched OpportunitySpace, an online real estate database for governments. More»

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