Civic Innovation Lab

Somerville, MA City Hall

Somerville Launches 'Urban Lab' for Innovation

The city seeks to incubate creative ideas in the public interest.

November 1, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Los Angeles Civic Innovation Lab

The Next Frontier of Engagement: Civic Innovation Labs

The recent growth in civic innovation in city halls throughout the country has led to taxpayer investment in private sector organizations addressing social issues, but do these programs really lead to tangible, broad, citizen benefit?

November 12, 2014 - Maayan Dembo

San Diego Incubates Civic Innovation

One of Bob Filner's better ideas during his short time as mayor was to establish a Civic and Urban Initiatives program, a think tank to spur innovation and civic engagement. Thankfully this program will outlive Filner's disgraceful departure.

October 28, 2013 - Voice of San Diego

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