The Center is a community-based organization located in Charlottesville where community residents, local governments, and University of Virginia students and faculty tackle some of our region’s biggest challenges.
Using creative problem-solving methods, technology, and data, we support civic innovation that makes our community a better place to live and work.
We are currently exploring long term funding options for the Center for Civic Innovation. If you would like to contribute time or share a funding idea, please contact us.
The problems our region faces are complex: they demand collaboration across domains of knowledge.
Open innovation is an effective way to solve complex problems creatively and collaboratively.
Impactful creativity is inclusive: ideas and solutions can come from anywhere and anyone.
Open technology and data are critical enablers.
Solutions to our complex problems will come from building human capacity – a community of creative problem solvers.
Effective problem solving requires a disciplined, long-term process that is driven by empathy, seeks understanding, and builds trust.