The faster pace of change and the increasing complexity of today's urban issues -- economic inclusion, multi-modal mobility, affordable housing and infrastructure, and more -- places ever greater burdens on city administrators to respond creatively and correctly. Yet the resources available to them -- the workforce training through traditional public administration programs and rigid rules-bound procurement systems -- often preclude cities' abilities to innovate rapidly and successfully.

Luckily for cities, early and mid-career professionals are increasingly eager for purpose in their work, for connection to community, and for social impact; their employers are increasingly offering structured pro bono programs to fulfill this interest.

Several US cities have created effective marketplaces to match highly skilled private sector volunteers to pressing public sector projects. Embedded within local government while also having their corporate resources on hand, these pro bono teams h...
The faster pace of change and the increasing complexity of today's urban issues -- economic inclusion, multi-modal mobility, affordable housing and infrastructure, and more -- places ever greater burdens on city administrators to respond creatively and correctly. Yet the resources available to them -- the workforce training through traditional public administration programs and rigid rules-bound procurement systems -- often preclude cities' abilities to innovate rapidly and successfully.

Luckily for cities, early and mid-career professionals are increasingly eager for purpose in their work, for connection to community, and for social impact; their employers are increasingly offering structured pro bono programs to fulfill this interest.

Several US cities have created effective marketplaces to match highly skilled private sector volunteers to pressing public sector projects. Embedded within local government while also having their corporate resources on hand, these pro bono teams help city executives analyze, design, and launch major innovations: quadrupling community college graduation rates, decreasing incarcerated jail population, matching startup technology to city agencies, increasing public transit reliability, and more. Participants include NYC, Chicago, and San Jose; McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain; Google, Adbobe, and LinkedIn. Harvard named Civic Consulting one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government.

Through Startup in Residence, CivicConsulting.NL will digitize this proven model, thereby greatly expanding its reach, decreasing costs for cities and companies to participate, and creating a sustainable innovation engine for public agencies in small and large cities alike.

In essence, we are creating a Kickstarter for public sector innovation, where needs of public sector organizations can be quickly matched to pro bono skills. In addition to developing the digital platform in collaboration, the startup in residence period will be used to research the potential market, get potential participating consultancies and municipalities on board (as launching customers) and generate capital through acquiring public and corporate sponsorships.
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Jasper Ligthart
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Jasper Ligthart Sales Jasper has a background in philosophy, organization theory, public governance and information management. He’s worked as a consultant (both