Culture Matters.

Creating a culture of innovation – one that encourages risk-taking and builds employee capacity to make big leaps forward in how they deliver services, develop policy, and ultimately govern – distinguishes a great organization from an average one. The City Accelerator's original project demonstrated local governments' ability to produce positive social change that improve the lives of low-income residents. Led by Nigel Jacob, the founder and co-chair for the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, the original trio of City Accelerator cities tested new approaches, discarded what didn't work and scaled what did.

These resources are for cities who are willing to experiment, the local leaders willing to take risks, and the municipalities directing their attention and resources to more effective government. Built on and inspired by many of the underlying successes of efforts like New Urban Mechanics, Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Delivery Teams and more, the Guide for Embedding Breakthrough Innovation in Local Government and Lessons from the Field offer practical action steps and helpful examples for local government officials to adapt and adopt.

Read the Running Commentary and Analysis from their 18-month journey.