Urban Innovation Network

60 Senior Fellows Strong… and Growing.

In 2015, American Leadership Forum launched the Urban Innovation Network, bringing together demonstrated leaders to address the revitalization of downtown San Jose and its surrounding neighborhoods. Four unique classes will be seated with the goal of creating an inspired network of 100 urban leaders working to improve downtown San Jose.

With the above in mind, the ALF Urban Innovation Network is framed around the following questions:

How can San Jose shift over time from “suburban to more urban” to create a better future city?   What will “urban” be like in San Jose?

How can we reinforce the important position of Downtown as the urban center of the South Bay and key gateway to the Bay Area?

Central San Jose
How can we connect, activate and promote the neighborhoods and assets surrounding Downtown?

How will we change, as champions of this transition, so that we can realize the vision of a vibrant, magnetic downtown?

As the UIN moves into its design thinking phase it will use the following publications as a frame for the dialogue:

Urban Innovation Network Current Prototypes and Projects

Second Street Maker District
Focusing on the revitalization of the second street corridor and Fountain Alley. This team has established a Facebook page and held a small activation event in Fountain Alley on April 1st. The team will also be meeting with the Knight Foundation to pitch this district as a part of a larger plan to develop full- fledged districts throughout the city.

Planning how the 100 person Urbanism Innovation Network will stay engaged and how they can bring dialogues to the larger ALF network and community.

Fast Tracking Event Approval Process
This group is a collaboration with members of Class XXXIV and XXXVI in the Urban Innovation Network Series with critical leadership from the San Jose Parks Foundation and Future Arts Now. The group’s purpose is to ensure a fast track process for events exists in San Jose with the ultimate goal of applying this proof of concept to other approval processes within the City of San Jose.


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Meet the Urbanism Network

Facilitator Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is an independent consultant with Change Rx whose primary work focuses on the individual and collective challenges faced by leaders and teams in change efforts. His current work is with small to mid-size organizations in areas such as healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations working in community change. He is also and executive coach and works with Mobius Executive Leadership and Upstart Logic to provide services to leaders seeking to advance their skills to meet the requirements of an organization’s change efforts.

Previously Kevin worked as an associate with Change-Logic, a global firm that focuses on large organizations working to align ambidextrous strategic change efforts. Kevin has consulted globally to organizations in the technology, health, manufacturing, and education sectors and has been an executive education coach facilitating small group learning sessions for the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal programs at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Kevin has helped to design and currently leads programs for chapters of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). He has delivered training sessions to diverse groups of leaders on topics of dialogue and diversity, meeting the personal challenges of leading change, systems/community change and models of emergent disruptive change. Currently, he provides instruction and program content for the leadership programs in the Sacramento, Great Valley and Silicon Valley regions.

Originally trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Kevin worked for Palmer University and held various leadership positions over his 20 years including Vice President for Education. He provided leadership in a three-campus system for chiropractic and science education degree programs, patient care, and research, and was a national leader in developing clinical guidelines for the profession. His work led him to focus on integrative health and collaborative change efforts including training and work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Kevin is currently completing his doctoral studies at the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development. His studies are focused on the dynamics of leaders and diverse teams in transformative change efforts. Kevin obtained his Masters Degree in Education, focused on adult learning, from the University of Southern California and he also holds a Masters Degree in Organizational and Human Development. Kevin studied for two years with MIT Faculty member Bill Isaacs and his firm Dialogos, focusing on the essential role of dialogue in constructing meaning and shared commitment to change efforts. He has also completed a Kettering/Fielding certificate program
in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement.

Kevin can be contacted via email at mccarthy@changerx.com or his office at (916) 673-6482.