Entries by Read Holman

Our 3-Day Boot Camp: Part Training. Part Design Sprint

  The HHS Ignite Accelerator is our 3-month internal innovation startup program. Department staff compete to get in. They bring a problem worth exploring and the Accelerator program provides the opportunity for them to carve out and test one or more solutions to those pressing challenges. Each round of Ignite begins with a 3-day Boot […]

CDC Just Launched Their Own Innovation Discovery Program

Are you an Atlantan and tired of seeing DC-centric innovation programming? Well, you’re in luck: A new opportunity has hit the ATL to help alleviate your travel woes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has just launched an innovation discovery program called CDC I-Catalyst. Building on the lessons learned of our HHS Ignite […]

Welcoming the Newest Teams to Ignite and Ventures

Last fall, we asked the employees of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin submitting their project ideas on how they want to improve the way their office carries out its mission. We have two programs (one having multiple parts) that collectively make up our Internal Innovation Pipeline.   The Ignite Accelerator is […]

HRSA is Running their Own Internal Accelerator Pilot

The #HackRedTape movement to make the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stronger through innovation is growing. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is now piloting their own internal innovation accelerator model at the Agency-level. This represents a small but crucial piece in the puzzle that is innovation at HHS and the […]

Hey HHS staff! Want to change the way government works? Here’s your opportunity.

Large organizations (yep, that’s us) over time become settled in the status quo. Policies, rules, and cultural norms — once tools to standardize processes and drive efficiencies within the organization — eventually become forces that resist new ideas, that innately de-emphasize organizational innovations. It’s not necessarily that anyone out there is pro-actively blocking progress. Rather, […]