Greetings to all our AFI Friends!
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done.” -- Rainer Maria Rilke
The new year of 2018 brings excitement and a regeneration of the Alliance for Innovation: Alliance 3.0. In December, the AFI Board adopted a new Strategic Framework which focuses on four key channels of strategic intention that will be implemented over the next three years:
♦ Innovation Ecosystem – work in this channel will advance not only the sustainable culture of innovation within organizations, through programs such as our Innovation Leadership Advance and our Organizational Readiness Assessment, but also throughout the practice of public service, through our longstanding collaboration with ICMA and our programs such as Next Big Thing. We will continue to broaden our relationships with our Canadian colleagues, and will reach out to others that share our mission of advancing communities through innovation worldwide.
♦ Innovation Learning – our emphasis on providing organization-wide learning opportunities will continue, with our signature Innovation Academy, our Innovation Playbook, Innovation OnSight, enhanced virtual learning events and an expansion into individualized online learning modules that will help innovators to succeed at every level.
♦ Idea Cloud – we will strengthen the depth and diversity of our innovative practice ideas through our searchable database, and look forward to partnering with member organizations to broaden our highly successful regional idea forums, where AFI members at all levels can engage on issues and solutions of importance to them. In addition, we will look forward to expanding our research efforts with our sponsor Arizona State University, as well as helping members to partner with their local academic institutions throughout North America.
♦ Connected Community of Innovators – with our signature conferences, Transforming Local Government in Tacoma, WA April 3-6 and BIG Ideas in Austin, TX October 26-28, we will continue the tradition of gathering those who innovate and those who accelerate the introduction of innovation into the practice of local government. We will continue to support consortia such as the Chief Innovation Officers’ Forum, our Innovation Academy Alumni program, our nextERA project for next gen leaders, and our Innovation Awards programs, among others.
In February, the recruitment for our next President and CEO will open, which will be a singular opportunity to craft the future for the Alliance for Innovation. In addition, we are currently completing a new Business Plan that will reflect a re-energized focus on new solutions and critical trends for local governments, as well as capacity-building to better serve our members in their innovation journeys. Our new website will soon go live, and we are implementing a new customer relationship management system to provide you with even better information about how we are serving you and what other opportunities we offer that might interest you.
We look forward to helping you to take your practice of innovation that serves local government to the next level, and to a long and prosperous relationship of service to you.
Please let us know how we can support you in reaching your goals in 2018, and may the spirit of innovation be with you!