November 8, 2012
This fast-paced political city has an atmosphere thick with ambition. Everyone seems to have a mission in Washington D.C. I admire the air of professionalism on the morning commute, the suits and ties, the business skirt-sneaker combos. We walk with purpose, aiming to accomplish our daily tasks efficiently, awaiting relief on Friday at 5 p.m. This world is new to me and when I first joined the Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative team (VAi2) I did not expect my daily tasks to bring about actual change. But they have.
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” The internal working environment at VAi2 is coherent and fluid; not only do my teammates succeed by working together, but this collaboration is the essence of innovation. It results in and an abundance of productivity and perspective.
As a result, we recognize that some of the best ideas lie outside our little office. “VAi2 brings fresh thinking to Departmental challenges,” says Jonah Czerwinski, director of VAi2, “by sourcing ideas from VA employees, entrepreneurs, and industry.”
In order to reach those ideas, we gather information from the VA employees working on the front lines with our Veterans. To do so, we host:
Veterans have put their lives on the line for our country. They deserve the very best in care and benefits. And by tapping into the talent and expertise of individuals in and outside of government to contribute creative ideas, we get results.
Check back for upcoming posts where we'll detail some of those innovations. In the meantime, what challenges does your agency face when implementing innovations?
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November 8, 2012