UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN) Cities Community of Practice

A peer learning space to accelerate capacity building and problem solving for advancing local government missions.

MOIN Cities Community of Practice

Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN) is UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)'s policy network and peer-learning platform which brings together global public sector organisations interested in mission-oriented innovation. With the growth in the number of cities across the world that have begun experimenting with missions in recent years, the ‘Cities Community of Practice’ is a peer space of learning and exchange for practitioners from local government who are pioneering and experimenting with missions. 

The Cities Community of Practice has three goals:  

  • facilitate peer learning between members,  
  • accelerate capacity building and new insights along areas of shared interest and; 
  • generating knowledge about designing, implementing and evaluating missions from the practical experience of city leaders. 

Membership and Joining 

We invite cities and local governments that can demonstrate their intent to implement mission-oriented innovation in their context to reach out to our team by email below. Membership in the Cities Community of Practice is always evolving and we encourage you to connect with us if you are interested in joining.  

The Cities Community of Practice is a small, intimate group that as of March 2024  includes Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PEMB), Spain; Camden Council, UK; Durham, North Carolina, USA; the Greater London Authority, UK; the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, UK; Reykjavik, Iceland; Valencia, Spain. 



The following Blogs chart the journey and insights of our Cities Community of Practice to date.

News story

News story about the launch of the CoP 

Policy brief

Mobilising local action to address 21st century challenges 


Rockefeller Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Ryan Bellinson, Senior Research Fellow in Cities, Climate and Innovation 
Email: r.bellinson@ucl.ac.uk   

Nora Clinton, Head of the Mission-Oriented Innovation Network 
Email: n.clinton@ucl.ac.uk