for some innovation is everything, for others it’s nothing

Yesterday, June 23 is recognized by the United Nations as Public Service Day. It’s a day to celebrate the value of the public service to communities around the world. 

According to the general manager of planning and economic development for the City of Hamilton when it comes to public service innovation, Hamilton has a lot to celebrate.

In Hamilton public service innovation is encouraged and recognized yet here in Aurora it’s not even seen as a possibility by some members of council as I pointed out in my January 7th, 2014 post.

In that post I pointed out John “noodlehead” Gallo’s position when he was quoted as saying “it is the role of the private sector to be innovating and coming up with these kinds of things”.

According to the general manager of planning and economic development for the City of Hamilton “Right now, for municipalities across Ontario, the need for innovation has never been greater. As cities such as Hamilton transform, we need to transform the way we do things to improve the way everyone experiences our city.”

So which is it, are Aurorans supposed to believe a member of council who has failed to bring a single innovative motion to the council table in 8 years, or the general manager of planning and economic development for the City of Hamilton who has cited several examples of how and why a municipality can and should innovate?

As Henry Chesbrough, faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation very bluntly put it “Most innovations fail.  And companies that don’t innovate die.”

I’m siding with the expert and not mediocre gallo. It is the role of the public sector to be innovating and coming up with these kinds of things, and we need members of council to be the instigators and facilitators of our public service staff initiatives.

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