Who We Are
Bloomberg Philanthropies believes city leaders need a dedicated focus on innovation – and began investing in city hall innovation teams (i-teams) in 2012. Seattle is one of nearly 20 cities around the world that is participating in the program. Launched in 2015, Seattle’s i-team works closely, and supportively, with their colleagues across city government—offering them a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively. In partnership with these colleagues, the i-team aims to deeply understand the problem they are trying to solve by building empathy for the people impacted by it and then work quickly and creatively to co-create and test solutions that deliver meaningful results for residents.
- Put the people and organizations we are serving at the center of our work.
- Develop partnerships that leverage expertise and bring a collective impact approach.
- Take an approach that focuses on both quantitative and qualitative impact.
- Empathize and understand the people and organizations we are designing for.
- Draw upon our curiosity to elevate and adapt innovative ideas or co-develop new ones.
- Take an iterative approach to problem-solving, constantly testing ideas and assumptions.
- Demonstrate the value of multi-disciplinary collaboration to frame old problems in new ways and identify unique opportunities for impact.
- Share our work, processes, and tools with others to make us all better.
- Embrace intuition and risk by following our hunches.