Making Antifragile Local Governments

We believe local governments must move beyond resilience to become antifragile. The AFI community is committed to the relentless pursuit of six principles.

The Alliance for Innovation (AFI) was founded based upon the ideals of a small group of visionary local government leaders that believed in challenging the usual way of doing business. The organizing principle was simple, AFI would connect change-makers to accelerate innovation and transform local government.

Forty years later we’ve grown to engage tens of thousands of local gov innovators, but the original ideals of that small group still hold true today.

Of course, the world of today is nearly unrecognizable from our founding back in 1979. With pandemic and economic crises reshaping society, we feel it is more crucial than ever that local governments embrace innovation. But there is more to it than that – this innovation must be purpose-driven, it must be leading to true transformation.

WE BELIEVE Local Government must move beyond mere resilience to become antifragile.

A resilient organization is able to maintain its original shape and survive when confronted with outside stressors. An antifragile organization is one that thrives in reaction to outside stressors - leveraging those stressors to purposefully facilitate development, growth, and renewal.

We know that while it is critical to continue to provide basic services, organizational survival is frankly the bare minimum we can ask from local government leaders. AFI Members are actively responding to a higher call. They are actively working to build antifragile organizations that will thrive today and tomorrow, capable of turning each new challenge opportunity. Alliance for Innovation holds a very specific definition of antifragile local government to guide us along this reimagination journey.

Our Antifragile Principles