Federal Policy Meets Grassroots Innovation in New PD&R Initiative
A regional transit-oriented development collaborative, a small-business incubator, and reusable post-disaster housing materials — all are examples of entrepreneurial housing and community development ideas submitted to HUD’s Innovation of the Day (IOD), an initiative of the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation with support from the Research Utilization Division.
Launched in August 2012, IOD is an online tool created to collect and disseminate innovative housing, community development, and built environment practices from around the world. IOD crowd sources new models that stakeholders can use to identify emerging trends, promising solutions, and successful strategies that unite practitioners and policymakers, stimulate policy development, and can be replicated elsewhere.
Since its launch, the initiative has received submissions from entrepreneurs, nonprofits, local governments, multilateral organizations, and the general public. Approximately one-quarter of these submissions have come from abroad. Following are examples of some the projects shared through the IOD initiative:
A key objective of the IOD initiative is to expose innovators and their ideas to a wide audience of peers and policymakers. First, all submissions that meet the necessary criteria will be added to a publicly accessible and searchable Innovations Database. After HUD review, selected submissions will be highlighted through a rotating slideshow on the IOD website and blog posts at blog.hud.gov.
Entrepreneurs with the most promising innovations will be invited to attend HUD’s inaugural Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, in February 2013. The summit will bring together cross-sector innovators and leaders in housing and community development to discuss ways to encourage innovation at all levels of government and build sustainable partnership networks. Participants from across the Western Hemisphere will be invited as part of HUD’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of State on the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. During the summit, HUD will launch a competition to build on the most promising innovations.
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