Exploring mission-oriented innovation for cities: prospects, possibilities and pitfalls
16 November 2021, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
Join this forward-looking discussion exploring the opportunities and challenges cities might have utilising missions to solve grand challenges.
This event is free.
Cities are on the frontlines of tackling society’s most urgent challenges — from climate change to income inequality to racial injustice. To address these enormous issues, significant innovation is required shaped by effective governance to promote and accelerate change. However, cities often lack the capabilities they need to drive and steer different forms of innovation. Cities must adopt a new approach to problem-solving, to promote solutions the challenges they face.
IIPP has worked closely with ten cities across the globe over a course of five weeks to teach them about missions through a bootcamp programme, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Join Mayor Steve Schewel (City of Durham, USA), Mayor Charlie Clark (City of Saskatoon, Canada), Pooja Agrawal (Public Practice), Cllr Georgia Gould (Camden Council, London), Mariana Mazzucato (Director of IIPP) with IIPP's Dan Hill chairing the talk, as they reflect on the programme, and contemplate how the approach could be used to reinvigorate urban innovation.
Mission-oriented innovation is a new approach to transforming innovation, policymaking, and action on the ground. It encourages and helps governments to take on a market-shaping role, rather than a market-fixing one, transforming the focus of investment toward societal grand challenges. These missions must be tangible, ambitious, cross-sectoral and participative, built from the mayor down and the ground up.
About the Speakers
Mayor Charlie Clark
Mayor at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Charlie is passionate about Saskatoon. He believes our history of innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration can position us as a leading city across Canada. His approach is centered on the belief that partnerships among groups with different perspectives can offer the best solutions to the challenges being faced by cities across the world. He is committed to building a community where people see each other’s strengths instead of differences, where families can thrive, and children are able to see a future for themselves here.
Follow Mayor Clark on Twitter: @charlieclarkyxe.
Mayor Steve Schewel
Mayor at Durham, North Carolina, United States
Steve co-founded the Independent Weekly and published it for nearly 30 years. Since 2000, he has taught in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. Steve and Lao Rubert have raised two sons, both graduates of Durham Public Schools. Steve is a long-time youth soccer coach, a reader and runner, and he fancies himself a pretty good cook.
Follow Mayor Schewel on Twitter: @MayorSchewel.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Public Practice
Follow Pooja on Twitter: @AgrawalPooj
Councillor Georgia Gould
Leader at London Borough of Camden; and Chair of London Councils
Follow Cllr Georgia Gould on Twitter: @Georgia_Gould.
Director at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
More about Mariana Mazzucato
Dan Hill (Chair)
Visiting Professor of Practice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose; and Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova
Follow Dan on Twitter: @cityofsoundMore about Dan Hill (Chair)