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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

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
Why a Tennessee town has the fastest internet

Topic: Privatization
How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Disaster Response and Recovery

Topic: Emergency Management

moreUpcoming Events

JMAD 2014 Conference Media, War and Memory
September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
Intelligence and National Security Summit
September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Washington, DC
FutureGov forum Queensland
September 18, 2014
Brisbane, Australia
IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo
September 20, 2014 - September 24, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
IT Solutions Management for Human Services Conference
September 21, 2014 - September 24, 2014
Atlanta, GA
WEFTEC Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
September 27, 2014 - October 1, 2014
New Orleanes, LA
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

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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