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Social Networking, Leadership and Innovation in the Applied Setting


Social Networking, Leadership and Innovation in the Applied Setting

"At its best, innovation is more than a team sport - it is a networked, collaborative adventure." (
Are you interested in the practical application of social networking? What happens when we move the ideas from theory into practice?

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"Social Networking in Action" Wiki


The Big Practical Questions

What are your big questions? How do these tools actually work in communities, organizations, agencies and other institutions? What websites do you learn from or recommend?

These are very exciting times! It is a time to be bold, creative, innovative and risk taking. The new technologies are filling us up with possibilities and opportunities.

What does it mean to use Web 2.0 well? Where does social networking fit into applied practice? What are our wins, challenges, expectations, assumptions, failures and hopes? How can we evaluate the results we find and tell that story effectively?

This is a place to share your ideas and learning. Let's have hearty discussions with each other about the practical application of Web 2.0. Anyone can share, it doesn't matter what discipline, agency, organization or group you work for, just that you are actually practicing and using the technology.

We can have some ground breaking discussions in this group, since it is all so new for everyone. This is the next level of discussion that will be happening.

I look forward to asking the little and big questions, sharing the challenges and suggesting answers. I know we can learn together by collaborating. Our other two groups are Who Runs the Show: a cross-generational conversation and Evaluation: The Data and the Story. I hope you guys find them both interesting and useful.

Some great websites worth checking out:
The Ten Faces of Innovation

Discussion Forum

Social networking, Web 2.0 tools and innovation whitin government.

Started by Hélio Leite Teixeira. Last reply by Andrea Schneider Oct 21, 2010. 7 Replies

A Work in Progress

Started by Andrea Schneider Oct 17, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Henry Brown on September 18, 2013 at 7:55am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest/value to some!

TItle:Tim O'Reilly explains the mistakes he made and the lessons he learned

Comment by Henry Brown on September 4, 2013 at 9:15am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some!

Title: Generational Difference in the Workplace

Comment by Catherine Upton on February 21, 2013 at 4:56pm

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Comment by Steve Cottle on November 20, 2012 at 12:32pm

Dave shares some examples of and experiments in social learning:

Comment by Henry Brown on October 16, 2012 at 5:51am

have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some!

Title: Use of Body Language

Comment by Henry Brown on September 29, 2012 at 10:04pm

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some!

Title: How the Internet will Change the Government

Comment by Henry Brown on June 21, 2012 at 11:07am

Have posted a discussion which COULD have SOME interest to SOME!

Title: Flat Organizations

Comment by Henry Brown on April 3, 2012 at 2:51pm

Have Posted a discussion which COULD have SOME interest to SOME

Title: Trust in a collaborative Working World

Comment by GovLoop on March 6, 2012 at 8:40am

Love this line from our interview with NASA CIO "Leadership is getting people to do something they don't want to do and making them feel good about doing it."


Comment by Andrea Schneider on October 26, 2011 at 12:44pm

OPM website.  Last week OPM released a new website for USAJobs.  It has created quite a stir all over the press, web and in practice. People are pretty unhappy with their move from

I have a few thoughts on this situation...

I'm sure they are very upset themselves with the situation.  It's embarrassing for the government's job site to be in trouble at this time (really ever).  They wanted to own the code which they didn't with Monster.  I have huge sympathy with each and every job seeker.

What I also see is an agency that is making itself totally available to feedback, however negative, has failed in the public eye and is trying to fix it, is getting huge public participation and is trying to make it right while in front of so many critics.

I know change is often very,very messy.  It's politically risky and without the right "cover" many agencies won't even try it.  If we believe in an innovation agenda for government we will have public "failures" while we get it right.  

If they had to release this new website, they probably should have done so in beta form, which would have made it clear it was a work in progress.  Ripe for end user feedback and rapid prototyping.  I guess the question is how to help them make it work.  Their intentions were good and how can we support those who are trying even when it's painful?


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