Designing a Purpose Driven Org focused on Equity, Climate Resiliency, and Public Health

ODF community volunteer, Julian Chender, shares an overview of a project where they, “designed a purpose-driven organization, and designed it around that purpose!”  

When Mark Levine won the Manhattan Borough Presidency in November 2021, Organization Design had one of its few opportunities to help develop a political office. Organization Design has a deep history in government agencies but is little used in political offices because structures, roles, and processes are deeply ingrained through legislation and chartering. However, Mark and his team wanted something different.They had large goals centered around a strategy of equity, climate resiliency, and public health. And they needed to scale their previous office in the City Council to meet the needs of an entire borough.Julian discussed the project, including the path taken and the unique challenges of designing a political office.

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