Thinking Outside the Suggestion Box
Our cover story this month tackles innovation on the institutional level. In an era where library shelves (and hard drives) are groaning under the weight of books on the subject, we simplified and focused our approach. We wanted to know why some agencies sprout idea after idea in a field not particularly known for risk taking. The answer comes in two parts: the individual and the culture that encourages ideas.
Perhaps only an Adam Schwerner could paint the trees in parks. As they say in sports, you can’t teach that particular move. Adam, however, demonstrates the necessary temperament and the curiosity to conceive and then pitch such original ideas to his colleagues. In turn, Adam knew he could count on his boss, Chicago Park District Sup....
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