The "Collaborative" is a bold and forward thinking initiative, with the goal to rapidly share knowledge, new approaches, and insights from practical experience to solve mission-critical problems and advance organizational excellence. The Second Century Commission wrote: "...the National Park Service should establish a Center for Innovation to gather and share lessons learned quickly throughout the organization. Place-based education, leadership, public engagement, and collaboration should receive particular attention. The center should form communities of practice, connecting people engaged in similar work so that they can more easily share ideas and experiences. As a public-private consortium, the center could include the Park Service, universities, foundations, school systems, corporations and professional organizations."
Call to Action Enhancing Professional and ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE
TO ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN THE NEXT CENTURY, THE NPS must:
DEVELOP and recruit NPS leaders at all levels with the skills to lead change, work with partners, ensure
and seek new ways to accomplish goals.
BUILD a more flexilble and adaptive organization with a culture that encourages innovation, collaboration,
RECRUIT and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation, from entry level employees to
MODERNIZE and streamline NPS business systems and use leading-edge technology to enhance communication.
ACTION #31: Destination Innovation: Accelerate the spread of ideas, encourage innovation, and inspire peer-
to-peer collaboration across the Service. To achieve this we will create a network for innovation and creativity
to rapidly share
new insights and solve mission-critical problems using online tools such as blogs, discussions, and
The Collaborative Concept and Charge:
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