ThinkFest Snapshot: Bill Green

Can government be as innovative as Google?

We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Bill Green

Photo | Jeff Meade

Coming from a family of Philadelphia politicians (his father and grandfather were Congressmen, and his father served as mayor of Philadelphia), Bill Green has become known as an “idea guy” in his role as Philadelphia City Councilman At-Large.


Green has strong roots in Philly; he was born and raised here then attended Penn Charter and UPenn Law. He is most proud of his work in lowering business taxes in Philadelphia by more than $150 million in five years and passing legislation that requires foreclosure within one year.

During this year's ThinkFest, Green will attempt to answer the question "Can Government Be as Innovative as Google?" along with Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, of whom he is very fond of, stating "Montgomery County is in good hands." It's one of 17 idea-speaking sessions during ThinkFest’s Main Event, on Saturday, November 9th, at The Kimmel Center.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.

  • J.Oz

    “Can Government Be as Innovative as Google?” That’s an easy one. NO.

  • J.Oz

    Actually…government CAN be as innovative as Google by reinventing itself as a servant and custodian of entrepreneurship creating an unquestionable atmosphere for innovation by those with the ideas and drive to fail or succeed on their own merits such that it…:
    1. Does NOT stifle innovation through overreaching regulation
    2. Does NOT drain resources (i.e., $$) from the economy without measurable benefit (i.e., benefit >= ACTUAL cost as assessed by truly independent bodies)
    3. Eliminates virtually ALL traces of inside corruption
    4. Eliminates virtually ALL traces of political favoritism
    5. Eliminates ALL traces of favoritism of special interests except for the medically/mentally challenged among us
    6. Renders ALL lobbyists OBSOLETE

    Innovation is all about doing things in NEW and DIFFERENT ways. Governments from the County/City and State, up to the Federal SUCK at that.

  • JaJaBarrett

    um, No. Google can balance it’s budget.