Welcome to INC.

The Innovation Network for Communities (INC) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. INC works in three primary sectors: urban sustainability, high performing urban K-12 school; and adult workforce development.

The principals in INC are John Cleveland and Pete Plastrik.

The primary purpose of this web site is to share information we have created from past and current projects we are working on. Click on the INC Materials tab to download any of these materials.

Use the navigation at the top of the page or click the boxes to the right to browse our current projects to learn more.

  • Current project: Boston Green Ribbon Commission

    John Cleveland serves as the part time Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon
    Commission, a group of 32 high level civic and business leaders supporting the implementation
    of the Boston Climate Action Plan. The Commission was launched in 2010 through a
    joint effort of Amos Hostetter, founder of the Barr Foundation, and Boston Mayor
    Thomas Menino. INC has been involved in the Commission from its beginning.

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  • Current project: Scan of Leading Edge Thinking and
    Practice on Carbon-Neutral Communities

    With a grant from the Kresge Foundation, INC will create a practical “road map” for achieving carbon neutrality,
    with a specific focus on a carbon neutral building sector. The project will synthesize
    leading edge thinking and practice on carbon-neutral communities and identify the
    developmental steps (stages) that communities need to pursue such a future.
    This project launched in the first quarter of 2012.

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  • Current project: Building a National Skills
    Credentialing System

    INC has been working with the Workforce Development Division of ACT, Inc. for several
    years, supporting their strategy of leading the development of a national evidence-based
    skill credentialing system. The vision is to create demand-driven career pathways
    supported at the sector, regional and enterprise level that use evidence-based credentials
    to connect individuals to good jobs.

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  • Current project: Urban Sustainability Directors Network

    The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a rapidly evolving North American
    network of 100-plus municipal sustainability directors who are on the front lines
    of addressing climate change and collaborating on local innovations for sustainability.
    USDN is managed by Julia Parzen. INC provides network development, facilitation
    and innovation fund management services to USDN. INC has been working with USDN
    since its inception in 2008.

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  • Current project: A Framework for Developing
    Sustainable Water Markets

    With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, INC is partnering with OH Community partners to create a framework for
    investment in the development of sustainable water markets that create a balance of positive economic, environmental and
    social outcomes. This framework is targeted for use by a combination of philanthropic funders, NGOs, governments and
    private investors. Patterned after our analytical work in the Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) development project,
    we will developed a detailed segmentation analysis for the water industry. This project launched in the first quarter of 2012.

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