The Innovation Teams gathered in New Orleans on September 17 and 18 for two days of training and reflection as they move toward implementing bold solutions to the biggest problems facing city governments. We captured photo highlights throughout this exciting event.

The first day of the i-teams convening featured a series of intensive sessions hosted by the Education Delivery Institute, an organization specializing in moving teams from big ideas to concrete action.

Representatives from the 19 i-teams, partnering with their counterparts in the Mayor’s office, participated in a series of workshops touching on how to narrow and prioritize initiative ideas, consider impact and feasibility, set realistic targets, and map what it will take to ultimately deliver a high-quality initiative.

Innovation Team directors from New Orleans, Peoria, Mobile, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem presented to the group on a range of topics, including creative ways of mapping neighborhood blight and new approaches to sourcing ideas from city employees.

Journalists J.B. Wogan of Governing Magazine and Rick Rainey of the Times-Picayune answered questions from the i-teams on how to effectively communicate about their initiatives.

We were proud to welcome New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to our reception dinner at the close of our first day.

The second day of the convening began with guided exercises to help teams think through the players and relationships they must leverage to make their initiatives successful.

Alexander Grashow, a national expert in the theory and practice of Adaptive Leadership, led the i-teams through an exercise that asked teams to consider the question, “Who needs to change their behavior for us to be successful?”

The i-teams convening in New Orleans was a tremendous success. We are excited to see the teams grow and develop as they tackle some of the biggest and most challenging problems facing cities today.