Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday launched the New Jersey Innovation Skills Accelerator, a free, online program to train public officials to leverage technology and data to drive innovation in their day-to-day work, and to tap into the intelligence and expertise of residents of the Garden State.
Designed by the State’s Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck, this program includes video instruction, interviews with leading public-sector innovators from around the world, readings, and self-assessments.
“Reclaiming New Jersey’s place as the state of innovation means that we must embrace a culture of innovation within state government, leveraging new technology, better data, and more engagement with citizens to improve and enhance our outcomes,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “As government, we have an obligation to innovate in order to deliver services and policies more effectively and efficiently in ways that improve the lives of residents in our state. We cannot tackle 21st century problems with 20th century government.”
The program aims to help public entrepreneurs — those passionate individuals who want to get better at designing public interest projects and taking them from idea to implementation work differently.
“By training public servants in innovative ways of working, we can become more effective public problem solvers and public entrepreneurs,” Noveck said in a press release. “Our hope is that, in due time, these efforts will create not just a more educated, informed, and modern government workforce, but also one that constantly strives to improve government by learning and growing – a workforce that embraces an innovation mindset.”