Just found this White House Blog post (Your Government: Open for Business in New Ways and New Places) and video from Bev Godwin (@BevUSA), White House New Media Director of Online Resources & Interagency Development.
The video, featuring Macon Phillips, White House New Media Director, highlights how government is using new media as a resource for citizens.
Thanks to our friends at Spigit, Manor Labs now has a new look that makes submitting ideas even easier. Expect to see more great changes to the platform over the next few months.
Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a quick video explaining Manor Labs and our approach to open innovation.
Great video of how the Salt Lake Valley Health Department uses social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to communicate H1N1 information to citizens and media.
Two preview chapters from Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice are available for download. The book, available January 2010 from O’Reilly Media, is a “collection of essays, interviews, and case studies provides a multi-faceted and nonpartisan account of government as it becomes more transparent, collaborative, and participatory.”
Preview chapters include ‘Disrupting Washingtonâ€™s Golden Rule’ by Ellen S. Miller and ‘Visualizing Policy and Politicians’ by Fernanda ViÃ©gas and Martin Wattenberg.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski discusses universal broadband, spectrum policy, net neutrality, indecency and media ownership rules on CSPAN’s ‘The Communicators.’
It’s such an important time with respect to communications. Our communications infrastructure is increasingly essential to the daily lives of every American. It’s how we communicate with each other. It’s how we work in our businesses. It’s how we participate in our government. It’s how we create jobs and contribute to economic growth. I see our communications infrastructure as our platform for innovation and opportunity for the 21st century, and that’s what really drives what we’re trying to accomplish at the FCC of course, because the FCC is the federal agency that has to deal with this landscape. At the highest level our goals are, one, to promote investment throughout the communications eco-system, two, to promote innovation and thereby promote global competitiveness of the United States, three, to promote competition because that’s how we’ll get the most innovation and investment, and four, to protect and empower consumers.
A new book, State of the eUnion: Government 2.0 and Onwards, is now available free for download. The book, a compilation of essays from 34 Gov 2.0 thought leaders, will soon be available in print through Amazon and elsewhere.
Free PDF download: State of the eUnion: Government 2.0 and Onwards
In conversation with David Hale about the Pillbox project and brainstorming the future of gov.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take the time to thank every public servant doing his or her part to help refine and rejuvenate our American democracy.
I know this post may come off as corny, but I sincerely appreciate the work you do and the level of engagement you’ve given me, GovFresh and my non-govie peers.
Despite not getting paid a fair market value, or even the respect you deserve, you are in the trenches working against huge culture issues and a public hungry for change.
The push for open data, open source and a more open government isn’t just about social media and Web 2.0 jargon, but a stronger America. Your passion for openness and more citizen collaboration is setting a solid foundation.
Keep up the great work. Be proud of your service.
Tech entrepreneur and blogger Anil Dash announced the launch of Expert Labs at Web 2.0 Expo NY 09.
Expert Labs will work with policy makers, technologists, scientists, researchers and academics to leverage crowdsourcing as a way to “help government listen” and create better policy.
“Dot gov is the new dot com,” said Dash, who was Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Six Apart, makers TypePad and Movable Type and will serve as Director of Expert Labs.
Expert Labs will run as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science with a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Dash told attendees, “I hope you pay attention to the idea that Web 2.0 can serve the greater good than some of the trivial things we’ve done. We can actually help make our country better.”
Beth Noveck (Executive Office of the President/OSTP) and Tim O’Reilly mention Manor and Manor Labs at Web 2.0 Expo NY 09 (36:20).
The City of Manor’s open innovation platform, Manor Labs, is featured on the White House’s Open Government Initiative blog (Open Government Laboratories of Democracy).
Innovation is possible even in small cities with very small budgets. I hope that we can work with more cities to innovate new solutions for the public-sector.
Just as the federal government is using online brainstorming with government employees and the public to generate ideas for saving money or going green, state and local governments are also using new technology to tap peopleâ€™s intelligence and expertise. The City of Manor, Texas (pop. 5800) has launched â€œManor Labs,â€ an innovation marketplace for improving city services. A participant can sign up to suggest â€œideas and solutionsâ€ for the police department, the municipal court, and everything in between. Each participantâ€™s suggestion is ranked and rewarded with â€œinnobucks.â€ These points can be redeemed for prizes: a million points wins â€œmayor for the dayâ€ while 400,000 points can be traded for a ride-along with the Chief of Police.
What was your path to Gov 2.0?
I’m a communications guy by trade, working in media relations and strategic communications for nearly two decades. Over the last 10 years or so I’ve worked in and around the public sector for organizations like Sprint, BearingPoint and now with Deloitte. Around 24 months ago, it became obvious to me that new technologies and tools were fundamentally changing the way communicators worked — the way reporters interacted with sources, the way organizations disseminated information, the way citizens expected to interact with their government. While I was familiar with eGov initiatives and the web 1.0 services that federal, state and local governments were providing (ordering birth certificates or publishing reports on line and such), it was less apparent to me how new channels like Twitter, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace and the like could be applied to the public sector. After all, these were “social” tools and seemed more fitting for lighter discussions and interactions, or maybe more relevant for the technology sector, not the business of government.
Here’s a video interview from the bloggers roundtable held November 18, 2009, with Bill Eggers, co-author of the new book If We Can Put a Man on the Moon … Getting Big Things Done in Government.
(Thanks to @dslunceford for the video and some great questions.)
Local governments and federal agencies are leveraging crowdsourcing feedback tools such as UserVoice to gauge citizen feedback. Here are 6 examples.
What other agencies are doing the same?
We’re excited to announce Manor 2.0: Live Government Innovation From Small-Town Texas, a City of Manor, TX, and GovFresh collaboration.
Manor 2.0 will document our Gov 2.0 efforts, including our innovation initiative, Manor Labs. Our goal is to share, collaborate and connect with local governments like ours who want to leverage innovative technologies to better serve its citizens.
Tune in to http://manor.govfresh.com and join us on our Gov 2.0 journey.
Our federal government is responsible for immigration and citizenship. We would all benefit from a system that worked well.
It doesnâ€™t help that only a small fraction of government funding pays for citizenship training and outreach with uncertain effectiveness. When applicants wait a very long time to process their applications (not knowing why) this doesnâ€™t encourage new people to stand in line and work within our system. We could use a measurable and effective strategy to educate and integrate people to live in our country.
It is harder than ever to become an American citizen. The forms are long and complicated. Fees have gone up. There is a new, more difficult, citizenship exam. The government has posted a lot of new material in English on its website to try and help.
We host a conversation with Bill Eggers and John O’Leary, authors of the new reform treatise If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government. Eggers in 2005 chronicled the rise of innovative e-gov projects and the potential for tech-enabled reform in Government 2.0, a work of research well ahead of the curve. In Man on the Moon, Eggers and O’Leary apply process thinking to the sticky business of managing complex public initiatives.
Tim O’Reilly, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and White House Open Government Initiative lead Beth Noveck are interviewed on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.”
HowCast created a How To Use Plain Language on a Government Website video.
Too often, dense writing, confusing acronyms and fancy jargon bog down government websites. Hereâ€™s how to use plain language to help your customers find what theyâ€™re looking for, and save your agency time and money.
Perfect companion piece to The Elements of (Gov 2.0) Style.
I’m all for the “clarity in government” objective of PLAIN (Plain Language Action and Information Network), the folks who maintain plainlanguage.gov.
I fully understand and support the need for PLAIN’s lofty goal of “Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public,” but don’t quite understand the need to create an entire Website to achieve this.
As the newest member of the GovFresh team, I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m going to be working on all things related to GovFreshTV including shooting, producing, hosting, and generally running around related conferences/workshops/barcamps/etc like a madwoman, with a Flip video camera dangling off my wrist (or in front of my face)!
We join Jill Miller Zimon (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and Ari Herzog (Newburyport, Mass.), both newly elected to their city councils, to discuss campaigns and personal and community empowerment in the social media era.
Neighborhood America has published a Gov 2.0 Starter Kit with an accompanying promotional video. The kit is free to download (registration required) from Neighborhood America’s Website and includes a collection of blog posts, white papers and relevant news articles.
Sunlight Labs has joined with Mozilla, Google, Redhat, Fedora, Open Source for America and Code for America to promote the Great American Hackathon. The two-day event, December 12-13, aims to “to solve as many open government problems as we can with as many hackathons across the country as possible.”
You2Gov has compiled the ultimate tool kit to find information, share it and use it to impact government reform. It does not matter if you are in business for profit or work for a non-profit or for a Government Agency. A totally customizable private label social network that can be deployed in a rapid time frame complete with advocacy, crm, cms and full social functions.
On October 27, 2009, the City of Manor, Texas launched a new effort to crowdsource innovation in an effort called Manor Labs.
Manor Labs is a platform that allows individuals the mechanism to contribute new ideas and solutions for existing problems. Instead of constricting the innovation process to just agency employees, the City of Manor allows anyone to participate regardless of where they live. The benefit to the end-user is that they are rewarded with â€œInnobucksâ€ for their participation in the innovation process. These â€œInnobucksâ€ can be traded in for real products donated by local companies and partners, which provides users a tangible benefit for their participation.
We discuss what’s working and what’s not in government with retired career fed Stephen Buckley and collaboration consultant Brian Drake. Drake is planning the Government 2.0 #FAIL workshop, while Buckley, who in the ’90s managed a 1,000 member “Reinventing Government” listserv, is working on an unconference around the forthcoming Open Government Directive.