MLD-620M: Urban Innovation: Concepts and Practices

Semester: Spring 2

Credit: 2.0


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 3/20
Meet Day M/W 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Littauer Bldg 130 (HKS)


The UN estimates that two-thirds of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050. As more and more residents flock to cities around the world, public leaders will need innovation in order to improve performance and increase responsiveness to changing material and social conditions. The innovations can include changes in existing processes for delivering public goods and services, or for the introduction of new products and services, or for mobilizing and deploying resources to deal with public problems. This course seeks to equip students who wish to be innovators with the knowledge and skills necessary to imagine and implement innovative solutions to public problems. It will focus primarily on innovation in state and local government, asking: how can cities become learning organizations and innovative jurisdictions that unleash their potential for public value creation? The course seeks to develop the attitudes and analytic skills that support individuals who aspire to make positive change, either as innovators or designers of institutions that can support innovators.

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