Local government professionals manage busy schedules and carry heavy workloads, and professional development sometimes falls to the bottom of the to-do list. But, regular learning and skills development are critical—both for individuals seeking to build competencies or explore new trends and for local government organizations looking to maximize organizational results and grow as teams.

Whether you choose to attend virtual webinars, watch an ondemand video, attend a workshop, or advance your organization through the Innovation Academy, the Alliance for Innovation offers multiple opportunities for all staff members and teams to grow.

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Learning Opportunities

Michelle Royal Speaking Engagement
Leadership & Professional Development

The Alliance offers learning opportunities with leading presenters, keynote speakers and trainers that provide workshops, trainings and demonstrations.  Affordable local government experienced trainers, presenters and speakers deliver in-depth, practicable and customized content. Learning opportunities are offered exclusive to your organization only or as regional learning events. Many presentations and demonstrations can be scheduled either as on-site or electronically via GoToMeeting.  The following identifies standing workshops and demonstrations which can be customized to meet your individual needs. Current Available Workshops, Presentations and Demonstrations For more information contact your Regional Director or register at our events calendar.  Manage Like a Futurist Most of us use some sort of foresight all the time, e.g. monitoring the weather forecast to prepare for the next day. Participants who attend Manage Like a Futurist will learn the methods that professional futurists use to develop future scenarios, and how to put those methods to work for your municipality. Next Big Things What might your community look like in 2036? The Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors set out on a journey to discover the “Next Big Things” facing local governments.  We challenged ourselves to look beyond the horizon and imagine what our cities and counties might look like one generation from now.In this session, Alliance for Innovation staff take you back to think about what has changed over the last twenty years and challenge you to think ahead to be a future ready community. It includes an overview of the four forces and trends that should be on your radar. Attendees will also conduct a “Big Sort”, looking at our community's vulnerabilities and where we might need to focus.  Participants will leave the session with action steps they can take to be future ready. Six Qualities Linked to Innovation After an extensive study by ASU and the Alliance six distinctive qualities were identified that are shared with those local governments considered to be “innovative”.  This workshop walks attendees through the six qualities while challenging them to align the innovative qualities to their organization / departments / work units. Spreading Innovation Innovation is any idea or action that is new to a given organization and, when implemented produces a better result. This interactive session will look at how local governments can be mindful of the dual goals of creating innovative ideas and spreading those ideas that lead to positive change.   Workforce of the Future Learn ​the ​eight-step ​approach ​to ​becoming ​a ​talent-centric ​organization ​and ​translate ​the ​headwinds ​of ​change ​into ​a ​tailwind. Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group, one of the leading experts on creating and implementing effective and Talent Management and Succession Planning programs for local governments, will lead an interactive workshop, which will include progressive and practical strategies and tools to attract, retain, and optimize talent. Attendees will walk away with a plan for next steps to move their organization forward!  

Civic Education
Virtual Learning

Continue your education and explore emerging practices with Alliance e-learning programs.

Innovation Academy

Leadership & Professional Development
Innovation Academy OnSight

What is Innovation Academy "OnSight" Content delivered onsite over two half-day sessions for up to 25 participants Interactive sessions, consisting of team discussions and faculty sharing practical examples Teams are provided with an Innovation Playbook, suggested readings, and stimulating tools and exercises for team development Organizational Assessment, looking at how your organization approaches innovation, will be conducted and a summary analysis will be provided Innovation Advance (optional)* About Innovation Advance   It starts at the top. Organizations which cultivate and demonstrate an Innovation Leadership Culture are most effective in implementing and sustaining innovative solutions over time. The Innovation Advance is a customized onsite three-hour workshop for up to 20 leaders of Academy participant governments to support and encourage their organizations’ capacity for innovation. 

Organizational Development & Training
Innovation Academy - Virtual Program

Virtual Academy: Participate Virtually with up to 10 Organizations As part of the virtual program you build an innovation team of up to twelve individuals. Features of the program include: A team mentor Nine interactive virtual sessions delivered monthly from August through April Interactive sessions consisting of team discussions and guest faculty sharing practical examples Access to an Innovation Playbook, suggested readings, and stimulating tools and exercises for team development Two assessments conducted and teams provided summary reports and discussion guide: the Organization Assessment looking at how your organization approached innovation and the Individual Assessment Survey looking at individual characteristics and team composition As part of the program your team will: Undertake a new project that is meaningful to the team and have lasting impact on the organization Develop an action plan of qualities needed and specific measures to expand the innovation capacity of your organization. Participate in Innovation Advance (optional)* “The City of Knoxville has had several projects implemented which had their origins in our work in the Innovation Academy. From our highly successful Ambassador program, which has been mimicked by other cities, to our work with senior citizens and mobile devices.” Russ Jensen, Director of 311, City of Knoxville, TN

Innovation Academy Team
Organizational Development & Training
Innovation Academy Alumni

Graduated 44 organizations from the Innovation Academy and over 500 individuals.

Learning New Ways to Think and Interact

Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization writes on the idea that organizations undergo radical change when people within them learn new ways to think and interact. Learning organizations are on a continuous journey, alwys looking to expand their capcity to create the future.

The Alliance for Innovation serves your organization throughout its transformational journey by providing you with cutting edge, pragmatic and relevant learning opportunities.

Through our community of practice, organizations have access to the tools necessary to observe, learn and apply innovations. The Alliance can assist you in making a deep impact within your organization to improve your capacity to deliver superior service to your community.


Performance Management
May 2018 Performance Analytics Tools Consortium Meeting

The purpose of this consortium is to create a forum that allows for the exchange of ideas and lessons learned regarding the use of powerful performance and data management tools.

Process Improvement/Lean
May 2018 Lean Six Sigma Consortium Meeting

In this consortium, we share knowledge and best practices surrounding Lean and Six Sigma.

Innovation & Culture
April 2018 Chief Innovation Consortium

In this consortium we have created a home for innovators in local government; to foster conversation and learning about the promotion, expansion, and championing of innovation.

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