To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.
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This is a cross posting from the InCommons blog, found at http://www.incommons.org/en-us/blog
Every few weeks on my e-mail or voice-mail, I have two or three people asking if I know "someone who's working to find a better way to welcome new Americans to Minnesota," "someone who has created a way to talk about the value of out-of-school time for young people," or 'the best way to assess quality in early childhood settings." Perhaps it is because I teach social policy. Perhaps it is because I work at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs. But I've always been struck by the inefficiencies with how this all works. There has got to be a better way to find someone else who is working on the same thing you are. And do so through a trusted source.
About two years ago, I began to work with others to envision such a platform that combines web resource sharing and in-person meetings. It is a better way for people to connect with each other, share insights and get support for moving forward.
Today, that vision is being co-created with people from across Minnesota as InCommons. The Center for Integrative Leadership, where I am co-academic director, is working on InCommons because we are committed to creating opportunities for people to lead across boundaries. We are committed to being a bridge for faculty at the University who want to share and learn from all Minnesotans. These commitments inspire us to host conversations that matter in fields filled with conflict: such as antibiotics and food, or blue collar work in a green economy. It leads us to elevate and recognize innovative leaders making progress on significant state and community problems, and to use these stories to teach the next generation what leadership looks and feels like. It leads us to leverage new communication technologies to make quicker and better connections across divides. These commitments and actions align with InCommons and the Center for Integrative Leadership is actively working on this initiative.
We know that things can no longer be done in the old ways. We have unprecedented access to information. But what information matters? What can help us do the unique work we are called to do in communities as leaders? As we speed up accessing information, how do we also slow down for the things that matter -- time for reflection, renewal, deep listening, community, as well as dialogue with those who challenge our ideas?
This is what we aspire to with InCommons. We envision a practically oriented community where each can contribute and benefit. Where we can access tools and resources we didn't know existed. Where we can have conversations we've never had. InCommons.