Innovation in municipalities is often tangential and sporadic, happens in siloed projects, and fails to create systemic effects. Under the Portfolio Journey of the EU-funded Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG), CHÔRA and the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub have partnered to test something different: Embedding strategic innovation capability and practices at the heart of municipalities’ operational models across eight cities in Eastern Partnership countries.
We believe innovation works best when treated as a capability embedded in the organization it aims to support and enables the continuous generation of learning from implemented experiments and projects — figuring out what works and what doesn’t work to address complex social issues in an iterative, dynamic way so that municipalities can learn their way into change. In this session, we will share our insights about what worked and where we met with challenges. You will also hear directly from our partner municipality, Batumi City Hall.”