May 2016

Microsoft women's history month series recognizes civic innovation project founder

Microsoft New England  recently recognized Lourdes German, Civic Innovation Project Founder & Director, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Director of International & Institute-Wide Initiatives, as part of its women's history month series. To read the piece, click here.  

MAYOR MARTIN j. walsh & the boston women's commission RECOGNIZES CIVIC INNOVATION PROJECT FOUNDER as an extraordinary woman

On International Women's Day, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the winners of the EXTRAordinary Women Campaign, led by the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. The campaign highlights women that do extraordinary work within the Boston community. Hundreds of women were nominated for this campaign and 31 were selected to be recognized by the Office of Women's Advancement, every day during Women's History Month, including Lourdes German, Civic Innovation Founder & Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Director. To read the press release, click here.  


The Civic Innovation Project is pleased to offer users of our innovation gallery access to online courses, at no-cost, via the edX platform. By presenting users of our innovation gallery with select online courses, available via edX, alongside technology resources and demos, we support individuals seeking examples of civic technology to advance data-driven decision making and citizen engagement in government with leading expert guidance.  Click here to see how we have integrated edX into our Civic Innovation Gallery

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. With more than 600 courses, edX offers courses in computer science, engineering, date analysis, statistics, education, and more. A nonprofit, edX's mission is to increase access to high-quality education, to enhance teaching and learning on campus and online, and to advance teaching and learning through research.  Click here to learn more about edX.


Profiles in Civic Innovation is our series capturing the stories of creative and visionary leaders that are implementing grass-roots efforts at the forefront of the government innovation landscape. In this edition read about Mark Kim, the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority (DC Water). Under Mark Kim’s leadership, DC Water was able to do what no other governmental body in America has ever done to solve a problem dating back to the 1800s by issuing 100-year Green Bonds. The invisible infrastructure that delivers water and sewer services to citizens across America is critically important, and financing the massive infrastructure that sustains these essential services requires creativity and a fresh perspective. Our interview with Mark explores his leadership role in introducing innovation that encompassed creativity in finance and governance that ensured the long-term financial sustainability and viability of water and sewer services for more 2.2 million residents in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia who are served by DC Water.   Click here to read the full Profile.


The Civic Innovation Project is focused on creating an environment that facilitates city-to-city learning with respect to innovation and emerging data-driven strategies for leaders of cities. We are pleased to announce that we are developing a dedicated section of our web platform that will feature municipal benchmark data from Morningstar, Inc. a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. 

Morningstar provides data on more than 500,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 17 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with more than $170 billion in assets under advisement or management as of Sept. 30, 2015, with operations in 27 countries. To receive the notice when we launch the new web platform featuring Morningstar resources, register below.  To learn about the types of data we will be making available on our website, download this document.



On January 7, 2015, Civic Innovation Project Founder & Director Lourdes German, who also serves as a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve as the Chair of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board.  The Board is tasked with promoting transparency, public accountability and adherence to best practices within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from a governance standpoint for the State’s component units, and has a financial focus with respect investments, borrowing or other financial transactions made or entered into by state entities and involving public funds. Lourdes was appointed as a member of the Board in November of 2015. Read the full announcement and see our photo gallery of of the swearing in ceremony here. 

expanding our innovation gallery

Our innovation gallery continues to expand, and now includes visualizations created with the resources from the HighCharts Company in Norway. This expansion allows us to offer tools and resources created with Java and CSS, in an interactive demo environment where users can see a finished visualization, and then click on multiple tabs across the top of the demo and see the code instantly, and link to HighCharts instructions to implement the resource and license the code for their own projects. Click here to see how we have integrated HighCharts into our Civic Innovation Gallery


Profiles in Civic Innovation is a Civic Innovation Project series capturing the stories of creative and visionary leaders that are implementing grass-roots efforts at the forefront of the government innovation landscape.  In this edition read about Dan Jackson and Jules Sievert, leaders of the NuLawLab, an interdisciplinary university innovation laboratory that is imagining, designing, testing, and implementing pioneering approaches to legal empowerment for communities across the globe and using student innovators to drive this mission forward.  Click here to read the full Profile.

civic innovation featured on innovation showcase television show

Innovation Showcase features and highlights a range of groundbreaking efforts throughout the state. The main purpose of this ongoing series is to inform viewers about exciting innovations and creative individuals across the fields of business, science, technology, education, and the arts, and the Civic Innovation Project was featured in a recent segment.   Click here to watch the episode.