Reimagining Local Government: Equity and Equality with Nick Kittle

Nick Kittle is the author of the best-selling government innovation book “Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time,” and spent the last 15 years in government. He has won three national innovation awards and founded one of the first five government innovation offices in the country. During his government career, Nick directed 17 different divisions and developed over 65 unique or first-of-their-kind pilot projects while directly generating $7.8 M in savings and pioneering the concept of Innovation Value.

This session explored the differences between equity and equality and how we can build it in our communities. Internet connectivity has become one key element of living in a more remotely connected world, and now, more than ever, it is a key driver for equity in our communities. But to build equality, we need to understand how we can build deep empathy in ourselves and others. We explored how to build deep empathy with our residents and teams, explore tools like “deliberative engagement”, and explored equity and equality in our communities and where we can play a role.

Key Takeaways:

  • Build deep empathy and understand why it is important
  • Understand the difference between equity and equality
  • Understand the principle of “deliberative engagement” and why it’s important
  • Discuss key drivers for community equality going forward, such as internet access

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