I'm starting a year dedicated to public service as a Presidential Innovation Fellow On 25 January 2016.
When I think about this opportunity to improve the way the executive branch does things, I feel a great deal of hope and excitement. This journey started for me while making financial data systems for Public Financial Management. Those systems helped local governments fund the services their residents depended on. Later, I co-founded the digital companies that pioneered a new ecosystem to empower creatives to prosper independently (for instance GarageBand). During the most recent four years, I organized innovators for the the public good: a thriving government technology effort, a civic innovation incubator, and a creative class membership organization. In 2014 this vibrant community hosted the Presidential town hall on the millennial economy. Now as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, I'll devote everything I can to federal agency efforts for upgrading and reimagining what they provide and how they provide it. In this spirit, I'm starting InnovatingUSA.org to advocate and advise anyone who is harnessing innovation to pursue openness, inclusion, adaptation and productivity in their work.
This video features some recent Presidential Innovation Fellow projects
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: the people of the United States of America. The program pairs talented, diverse technologists and innovators with top civil-servants and change-makers. Fellows work at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some our nation’s biggest challenges. They serve for 12 months, during which they will collaborate with each other and federal agency partners on high-profile initiatives aimed at saving lives, saving taxpayer money, fueling job creation, and building the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within government. These teams of government experts and private-sector innovators will take a user-centric approach to issues at the intersection of people, processes, products, and policy to achieve a positive lasting impact.
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