Report found that cities’ ability to drive innovation depends most on bold leadership, dedicated staff with the right skills, and a strong focus on data to set targets and measure outcomes.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has released a report and interactive map that charts innovation investments in cities worldwide.
According to the partners, the report, based on a survey of more than 80 cities worldwide, demonstrates the ‘surge’ of cities’ commitment to local innovation and how these investments are set to improve outcomes for residents and strengthen communities.
It found that cities’ ability to drive innovation depends most on bold leadership, dedicated staff with the right skills, and a strong focus on data to set targets and measure outcomes.
The factors driving innovation in cities include global megatrends such as climate change and workforce automation, a desire to reduce costs and drive efficiency while also improving services, social inclusion and economic growth goals to bring in new businesses and attract qualified professionals.
“It’s encouraging to see more cities not just commit to innovation, but deliver results that make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“Bloomberg Philanthropies is glad to help city leaders find new, more effective ways to govern – and to help spread those innovations around the world.”
The interactive map and report identify five key areas that influence a city’s ability to innovate:
“City administrations have to break from tradition, and find new ways to address the challenges raised by megatrends,” added Ángel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD.
“Innovation is necessary if we are to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks emerging from major transformations in our economies and societies.”
In a separate announcement, Bloomberg Philanthropies is, for the first-time, inviting cities to apply for a nine-month innovation intensive programme, in which they will learn how to adopt cutting-edge innovation techniques that engage residents in testing, adapting, and scaling creative ideas that can have lasting impact.
“Innovation is necessary if we are to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks emerging from major transformations in our economies and societies”
This new training opportunity is now open to all cities with a chief innovation officer (CIO) on staff. The selected cities will choose up to a dozen staff members from across their government to work alongside the CIO and be trained in this new way of problem solving by applying it to a current and critical problem facing residents.
Each selected city will receive:
Cities will be able to apply for the nine-month programme, beginning November 2019.
To learn more about the report, visit: www.cities-innovation-oecd.com
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