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Category Archives: Policy Innovation
For too long, the policy debate about infrastructure in the United States has been stuck in neutral.
Georgetown University’s Beeck Center Expands Team; Obama Administration Top Official Carlos Monje Jr. Joins as Senior Fellow
I thought, “I didn’t know a place like this existed in Colombia.” But I immediately felt wrong for thinking this. Why wouldn’t a town look like this in Colombia?
The focus on social impact and innovation at the Beeck Center was a major draw for me, but I didn’t know what it meant, not really.
Last week I had a chance to participate in the discussion, focused on accelerating bottom-up innovation at the local level. So why is innovating our infrastructure system at the local level important?
An energetic entrepreneur, an avid activist and a Bob Dylan fan, Paul Schmitz is the Beeck Center’s first Innovator in Residence. This fall, he will lead a series of lectures and activities related to leadership and social innovation, available for the Georgetown community.
This is not about fixing. This is about changing the system. Dr. King called for action and Peter Buffett is also making the same call. We need a completely new way of thinking, new models, new systems and a collective approach from business, government, and social sectors leaders alike to make a dent on the world’s greatest challenges.
When officials at England’s Peterborough Prison got frustrated about the increasing financial and societal cost of re-arresting, re-convicting and re-imprisoning the same people every few years, they turned to a new approach.
It isn’t easy to innovate in governance. However, partly in response to this same citizen disaffection, a new wave of participatory policy reforms is springing up across the United States.