Owen Stone

Owen Stone

Owen focused on innovation delivery systems and embedding improvements in the public sector by working with cities to identify emerging best practices and maximizing adoption. His career has centered on municipal government because he believes cities have an out-sized ability to impact people’s lives.

Owen joined Living Cities as Senior Associate for Public Sector Innovation in June of 2015. Prior to joining Living Cities, Owen spent over a decade in New York City government in a variety of senior positions including Press Secretary for the NYC Department of Finance and, earlier, as a Director in the Mayor’s Office during the administration of Michael R. Bloomberg. He also served as a Deputy Director for Research and Communications on the 2002 and 2003 NYC Charter Revision Commissions, where he studied governance structures and voting behavior in the nation’s 100 largest cities for a successful Voting Rights Act preclearance submission to the U.S. Department of Justice. Owen has also served as the Vice President for Policy and Communications at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Owen holds an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from SUNY University at Albany.

Owen Stone

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Living Cities and Governing Magazine Launch 2017 Equipt to Innovate Survey

Take this year’s Equipt to Innovate survey to see where your city stands on these 7 elements of good governance. The Equipt to Innovate framework is an integrated, collaborative, and evidence-based blueprint for public sector innovation. The seven key outcome elements that make up the framework provide vital guideposts around which cities and public officials can anchor their efforts to improve services …

How i-teams Get it Right When They Get it Wrong

Not everything worked out for i-teams the way they thought it would. Here’s how cities learned from their failures and repositioned themselves for long-term success A lot has gone right for cities in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams (i-teams) program. Teams have taken on big challenges in their communities and launched new initiatives that expand economic opportunities, improve living conditions, and …

How Innovation Teams Approach Stakeholder Management

Over the past year, innovation teams in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program have shown us that one of the differential impacts of an innovation team is the ability to bring large groups of people together, including city employees that had never been consulted before, non-profit and civil society organizations, legislators, other cities and jurisdictions, community leaders, and end-users—the human beings …

Cities, Personified

How i-teams are putting the end-user at the center to find solutions to cities’ biggest problems. This past December, over forty municipal employees from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel gathered to develop ideas to improve quality of life for residents in the neighborhood of Neve Sha’anan. The small neighborhood in Tel Aviv, whose name translates to “Peaceful Abode,” functions as a major …

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