Great to see the folks in Boston recognizing the value of innovation and putting this into Mayor Menino’s agenda.
To Advance Innovation Agenda, Mayor Menino Creates Office of New Urban Mechanics
On the heels of his inaugural address and his call for a “new era of shared innovation,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the creation of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, which will focus on exploring and implementing innovations that enhance traditional City services and operations.
“The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics will help secure Boston’s role as the hub of municipal innovation,” said Mayor Menino. “Boston must find new ways to push the envelope in how we offer services to our various constituents and to make our City and its neighborhoods work better for the families that live here.”
Under the Mayor’s leadership and aligned with the work of the Chief Information Officer, this office will develop and implement new ideas that improve City service delivery, such as next generation applications for the City’s Citizens Connect iPhone suite. The office will also focus on tapping into local sources of innovation including residents, employees, communities and institutions. Nigel Jacob, the Mayor’s advisor on emerging technology and Chris Osgood, a senior policy advisor to the Mayor will co-chair the new office.
What steps should SF take to create a new culture of innovation in the City? Some ideas:
Advisory council of business/tech leaders
Center of Innovation (influencers within gov)
Office of Innovation