Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nicole Pollock, City of Providence's first chief innovation officer, will talk about the drivers for establishing innovation functions within city government and provide context for the City of Providence's approach. Pollock will review the tensions and challenges in innovation work with in government, and reflect on how innovation supports community inclusion, process transparency, and better overall governance.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
A superintendent of schools is charged with improving teaching and learning while working within, and sometimes around, a complex system. She must work to change the system, while at the same time improving student outcomes within the system as it currently exists. In this talk, Susan Lusi will reflect on her ten years as a superintendent, including a recent four-year tenure as the superintendent of Providence public schools.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Urban fires were a big problem when society depended on volunteers to end them. Why do we still think volunteers or charities can end a massive problem like U.S. hunger? Joel Berg discusses the issues hunger poses to a society, and the real solutions that could completely eradicate domestic hunger.