CG_Ideas@Work solicits and shares workforce innovation; submit your nominations



The Coast Guard Innovation Program has re-launched the Coast Guard’s crowdsourcing website as CG_Ideas@Work to better reflect its mission of sharing access to the collective creativity and expertise of the Coast Guard workforce.

Formerly known as the Enterprise Common Ideation Platform, or ECIP Connect, CG_Ideas@Work gives all Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and Auxiliary members the opportunity to share their ideas on how to make Coast Guard operations more efficient and effective. More than 1,800 Coast Guard personnel have already registered on the site, which allows users to post ideas that address specific strategic needs or for open discussion.

Two crowdsourcing challenges are open for your participation:

  • Identifying the primary challenges for the Coast Guard in 10 to 15 years and how to plan for them now
  • The Open Idea Forum, a general discussion of good ideas and best practices


The Innovation Program also is accepting nominations for the 2016 Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards recognizing the year’s best idea submissions through CG_Ideas@Work.

The site is accessible from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Current participants can still get there with the old link; new visitors can find the site at

The CG_Ideas@Work crowdsourcing initiative supports one of the priorities of the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS), efficiency through innovation. To create a climate that values innovation and measured risk taking, “we must engage with our people – down to the most junior members,” said Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, DCMS. Here is an opportunity to engage and be engaged. Get in there and collaborate!

If have questions or would like to discuss how crowdsourcing can help your program, office or shop, contact Cmdr. Andy Howell (CG-926) at


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