New in Paperback: Sustainovation by Nick Kittle

Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time

DUBUQUE, Iowa,—Nick Kittle, award-winning civic innovator and Cartegraph government performance and innovation coach, empowers government employees to unlock their creativity and move their innovation initiatives forward in his new book “Sustainovation.”

Capturing #1 Best Selling New Release in Local U.S. Politics on Amazon, Kittle’s how-to guide explains why building sustainable innovation is hard—especially in government—and helps readers develop better ideas, turn ideas into pilots, build exceptional teams, and put action behind their creativity.

“This book was three years in the making—if not my whole life—and captures the key lessons I’ve learned from my time in the government innovation space. This includes some of the things they don’t teach you in school, but should,” said Kittle. “For me, it’s about delivering on a promise of sharing what I’ve learned over fifteen years of working with governments, so others can carry the torch and take the journey further.”

“Sustainovation” stocks the reader’s kitchen with a variety of innovation ingredients and explores how to implement creativity in government from a practitioner’s point of view. The book explores how to build and reinforce structures around these transformative principles, moving readers outside the control of political winds and minimizing the risk of innovation for their team. Readers will master the principles of creativity with lessons on altering perspectives, transforming brainstorming processes, and effectively running pilot projects. They’ll also learn how to better implement ideas by building momentum, taking action, building armor against personal attacks, and learning how to sell others on their ideas.

“It’s about helping great people do great things,” said Kittle. “I believe we have a powerful responsibility—and opportunity—as government employees to change the future of our communities for the better. And, I want to support everyone who believes the same way. This book is a small part of that.”

“Sustainovation” is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information on Nick Kittle or to book him as a speaker for your next event, please visit

About Nick Kittle:

A national award-winning civic innovator, Nick Kittle mentors and empowers public servants as a government performance and innovation coach with Cartegraph. Over 15 years, Kittle has managed 17 government divisions and served as a chief innovation officer—founding two innovation offices, including one of the first innovation offices in the country. A dynamic keynote speaker and trainer, Nick has implemented over 65 first-of-its-kind pilot projects and has written extensively about government innovation, including articles for the Harvard Government Innovators Network, Exago, Alliance for Innovation, Governing Magazine, and EfficientGov. For more information, visit

About Cartegraph:

Cartegraph is in the business of building high-performance government. They offer SaaS solutions that help local government agencies manage their physical assets and associated operations. With Cartegraph, users optimize the life of their infrastructure, deploy maintenance resources efficiently and increase productivity. For more information, visit


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