My first answer to Andrea DiMaio’s Open Government Ideas Look All the Same: Are You Surprised? piece is a question:
Open Government Critiques Look All the Same: Are You Surprised?
I don’t mean to be disrespectful to Andrea or others actively engaged in critiquing the open government initiative and collaboration process. I’m just tired of not hearing concrete ideas from them on how to better engage citizens.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the problem isn’t necessarily the process, it’s the challenge of communicating government initiatives to a disinterested public. Rather than sitting on the sidelines or Saturday evening quarterbacking, government needs help from the private sector (and not on a bill-by-the-hour type of help).
Here’s my challenge to Andrea and other Gov 2.0/open government/public policy gurus and enthusiasts:
Come up with 3 ideas and blog about them. Title the post “My 3 ideas to get more open government ideas.” Tweet it to the #gov20 and #opengov Twitter streams (you can bet the appropriate people are paying attention).
Due date: Monday, March 1
Time to put great minds to good use. Use your enthusiasm and expertise to help government spread the word.
Looking forward to everyone’s ideas. Especially Andrea’s.