Our partnerships help us expand our knowledge.
The Long Beach Innovation Team is our vehicle for exploring different partnership approaches. Through this process, we track results and make recommendations for how future relationships can work.
Bloomberg Philanthropies incubates civic innovation by providing funds for staff to sit within City Hall. Staff are provided with a playbook, design thinking tools, training, and a network of innovators around the world.
The City of Long Beach is the first ever city to partner with the Art Center on a fellowship program. Every semester, a Designmatters’ student is embedded on our team to help shape our approach for solution development and design thinking.
The i-team is proud to work directly with CSULB College of the Arts (Design), Business Administration, and School of Social Work.
CFA has a special strength in civic technology. We created a year long partnership with them to impact a large civic challenge, like entrepreneurship. Together, we utilize various tools, like human-centered design, agile and iterative development, and open source assets — all while creating a process for evaluation and evolution of those tools.
This partnership lasted eighteen months and through five challenges. With Citymart, we submitted public policy challenges and internationally crowd-sourced solutions by creating requests for information. Through this process we’ve started attacking entrepreneurship challenges, activating our water fronts, and creating outdoor office spaces.
Initiatives: Open Procurement
This is a major national organization, who is interested in creating experiments in civic engagements and in public spaces. To do this, they incubate and seed fund creative solutions to civic challenges, like solutions that create interaction within communities who don’t normally work together.
This partner was interested in funding a specific solution: to help entrepreneurs start their business in a day through winning money, not a grant. Through this unique approach, they were able to act as stimuli or catalysts for change.
In partnership with UCLA School of Public Affairs, graduate students earning a Master’s degree in Social Welfare (MSW) work directly with the i-team. This internship experience provides students with valuable professional development experience in innovative methods.
For this partnership, we pitch public policy or operations challenges to teams of graduate students, who implement a program evaluation-like methodology and perform a semester-long study, ending with specific recommendations.
Our partnerships help us learn about learning and learn about the on-going solution design approach.