The following interview was done by Diseño Público with James Anderson. James oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ government innovation programs, focused on building problem-solving capacity within local governments and spreading innovations that work. Current programs include Cities of Service, CityLab, the India Smart Cities Challenge, Innovation Teams, the Mayors Challenges, and What Works Cities. He led the Foundation’s efforts to establish the nation’s first social impact bond in partnership with Goldman Sachs and the City of New York.
Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, James served as communications director to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he was the chief architect of NYC Service, the City’s high impact citizen service strategy, and Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition that now includes over 160 mayors representing more than 55 million Americans. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the commissioner of the City’s homeless services agency, and as communications director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a national advocacy organization.
James grew up in Montana. He and his husband live in Brooklyn, New York. Follow James on twitter.
La siguiente entrevista fue realizada por Diseño Público a Sergio Pérez, líder de proyectos de The Trust for the Americas de la OEA. Su rol principal consiste en la implementación de estrategias e iniciativas regionales que permitan el desarrollo social y económico de poblaciones vulnerables en Latinoamérica, principalmente en Chile, Brasil, El Salvador y República Dominicana. Sergio posee un título de Administración de Recursos Humanos, y actualmente estudia una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas.
The following interview was done by Diseño Público with Marco Steinberg, Founder and CEO of Snowcone & Haystack, a strategic design consultancy that helps governments meet today’s innovation challenges. Previously he worked as a Strategic Design Director at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund where he led Sitra’s Strategic Design Capability. Prior to Sitra he was an Associate Professor at the Harvard Design School.
The following interview was done by Diseño Público with Jesper Christiansen, a public innovation thinker and practitioner who works as a Senior Programme Manager in the Innovation Skills team in Nesta, helping people and organisations improve how they innovate for the public and social good.
Previously he worked at Danish cross-government innovation unit Mindlab, which aims to create new solutions for society working collaboratively with citizens, communities and businesses. Jesper founded and directed MindLab’s research programme, focusing on capturing, analysing and communicating insights and lessons from the lab’s work. He also managed MindLab’s international collaborations, and worked with and advised several governments, public agencies and international institutions.
Jesper has a PhD in Anthropology. His thesis explores public innovation as a way of coping with current societal issues, and its potential to increase the effectiveness and legitimacy of state interventions.