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Oct. 13, 2016 12:18 pm

How the Office of Innovation and Technology fuels creativity within city government

OIT's Andrew Buss visits "Around the Corner" to share the latest in innovation news — and to dispel the misconception that city employees don't work hard. (That's a relief.)

Andrew Buss.

(Screenshot via Vimeo)

Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area. 


What the Office of Innovation and Technology’s (OIT) innovation management team does is “try to put some sort of structure around the process of innovation” both within city government and Philadelphia’s general population, says manager Andrew Buss.

Wait. What’s “innovation” again?

When I asked Buss and Eliza Erickson, OIT’s program manager, how they define the word, they said, “Innovation means trying something new, learning from the experience, evolving the idea, and continuing the cycle so you’re always improving.”

In his “Around the Corner” interview with Generocity Editor Julie Zeglen, Buss expands on that by describing how the city applies the concept of innovation to capacity building and new digital initiatives.

Watch on Vimeo

PhillyCAM is Comcast channel 66/966 HD/967 and Verizon FIOS channel 29/30 in Philadelphia.

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