Team-3 hashtag for today is #OGDT3 but also using #OGD & #OpenGov
I've accepted the role of facilitating onsite "Team-3", and I'm excited to be a part of it. But we definitely have our work cut out for us. Our focus: developing content to fuel Agency OGD Plans, which I believe are due 4/7. Last workshop the groups looked at divergent ideas. What could Open Government be? Energy this time is on convergence, that is, getting down to specifics.
Update as of 2/10 4:30pET: When building an effective brainstorming team, there are some key factors that come into play. Do these points describe you, and/or others you know who should be working with us?
1 - Bias for active participation - interest in problem solving, critical thinking.
2 - Depth of relevant background - solid experience working in or with the Federal Agencies
3 - Thoughtful perspectives on Open Government (ideas, challenges). What does success in Open Government look like to you? Try to answer in the context of a Fed Agency you can identify with. It's a tough question. Not everyone has a clear vision just yet. So I've included challenges on the list. The good news? At this stage, there's no right or wrong answer, but we'll need our members to bring a "point of view".
4 - Diversity of (multi-agency) insights - no need for feedback on this; just be sure your agency associations are clear; I'll use this factor as a "tie breaker" to fine tune participation & ensure balanced inputs.
Interested in being a part? I can look at your GovLoop OGD posts to get a sense, but if you like, shoot me a note with your thoughts to fill in any blanks. You can "friend" & "message" me on GovLoop to compare notes, DM me via Twitter (@SourcePOV), or you can send an email. Just mention "OGD Workshop."
Transparency, participation and collaboration in Government are new ideas to many, except for those who may remember NPR ("Reinventing Government") from the 90's. The tools are much more powerful now, but adopting the new "Web 2.0" solutions remains a challenge to everyone working in "1.0"-minded world. No surprise there is still significant cultural resistance ... change management challenges are everywhere.
In a true sense, the OGD frames a paradigm shift in how government can work for the people it serves. That's no small task. Our team will take a comprehensive approach, brainstorming content for OGD Plans, but focusing as well on value and viability of each idea.
Meaningful change is never easy. But it starts with an informed conversation. Let's have one. I look forward to working with you, as we collaborate on ways to advance Open Government.
About me? I'm a principal with SourcePOV, a consulting firm in Raleigh NC, with depth in collaboration and a personal desire to help drive transformation in government. I've served in leadership, strategy and delivery roles across a variety of sectors, including the Federal space, in areas like KM & IT. Living and working both inside and outside the Beltway has given me a broad perspective on the challenges. But as I said in a blog comment yesterday, the balance has shifted: with Gov 2.0 and OGD, it's time to start "thinking outside the Beltway."