Tapping into Our Collective Intelligence

Wanted: Government Intrapreneurs

If you’re interested in exploring our collective capacity as collaborative leaders of change, and eager to share stories from the field on how big things get done in government, I encourage you to connect with like-minded thinkers in government and help us build a grassroots network of intrapreneurs.

Intrapreneurs are dreamers who do. Those who take hands-on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind within an organization as they work purposefully. These institutional entrepreneurs often see constraints as opportunities to better design strategy, seek out supportive mentors from all levels of the organization to surround themselves (formally or informally) with a good leadership network, and navigate uncharted waters with intuitive skills.

To demonstrate our collective innovative capacity, a community of intrapreneurial practitioners is growing as people come together to co-create a field guide for public servants on practical ways we can tap into our expertise, service commitment and relentless creativity.

The only answer to more problems is more problem-solvers. For us to seed a new intrapreneurial culture in the 21st Century Public Service, everyone needs to play a role – the new, the discouraged, the seasoned. Let’s get on with our commitment to the messy business of change-making in government and share our bold ideas, lessons and passion around the most important aspect of leading collaborative transformation – “the how” we do it together.

Join our growing community of intrapreneurs. Connect with socialinnovatorsnetwork@gmail.com to learn more.


Colleen McCormickColleen McCormick is Director of Strategic Issues with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and former Director, Innovative Partnerships where she managed the social innovation file in the Ministry of Social Development. Colleen is also the founder of Social Innovators Network Foundation. Previously, she was a TEDxMileZero organizer and National Chair of the New Professionals for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. She has an MBA from RRU and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. You can contact her on Twitter @SInnovatorsNet.

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