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Government 2.0 Policy Analysis Exercise

This post originally appeared in my blog

Every year, second year Master of Public Policy students must complete a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) as a part of their degree. The project is an analytic and consultative professional product developed for a real-world client by Masters in Public Policy candidates under Harvard Kennedy School faculty… Continue

Added by Yasmin Fodil on July 31, 2009 at 2:25pm — 8 Comments

Three Focal Points of Open Government

***See the original post at***

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Open Government and Innovations Conference in… Continue

Added by Kevin on July 30, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Social Media and the Changing Role of Government (from

I was interviewed by an interesting website called OurBlook this week.

I'm sharing the text of the interview with GovLoopers as I'd welcome any feedback or comments on my perspective. I always find these questions on trends, etc. to be difficult and open to a lot of interpretation. Lately, I've been more concerned with tactical issues (how to get more cities on Facebook? how to connect different channels?, etc.). However, it was… Continue

Added by Scott Burns on July 30, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Social Media Policy and Knowledge Management

(The following was originally posted as a response to a Discussion List topic on Social Media Policy in FS Communications, a GovLoop Group)

I have been entertaining a thought that is pertinent to this direct topic, but also to the entire landscape of knowledge and information management. The key word in that phrasing is "management," but also not to be used as a convenient synonym for "regulation."

I do not want to come across as straddling the line, but what I want to… Continue

Added by Yun-Mei Lin on July 29, 2009 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase Presentations

The presentations that will be featured at Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase have been selected and most have been posted to the Showcase site (we're still wrapping up with speakers on a couple).

The presentations are as follows:

Government as a PROCESS

* City of Santa Cruz Offers Blueprint for Solving CA Budget Crisis with Social Media

* D.C. Government Trades Spreadsheets for… Continue

Added by Jaimey Walking Bear on July 29, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

UPDATE: OGI Conference "TweetBook" (First Ever!) Coming Together - Help?

Hi again, Folks!

Several of us (me, Marie Crandell, Pam Broviak, Roberta Croll, Nichole Uiterwijk, Helen Ortel, etc.) have spent the last couple days working on what I believe will be the first-ever "TweetBook" (at least from a government conference!). Here's how it looks at the moment (not too shabby, eh?!):…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 29, 2009 at 1:00pm — 19 Comments

Common Sense Is Not So Common

Common Sense Twelve years ago I was working for a rapidly growing technology provider who was preparing for one of their most important client meetings to date. The deal alone - if secured - would crush their revenue goals, so preparedness was key and professionalism paramount. Keep in mind that we were a "fun startup" in the heart of Silicon Valley who prided ourselves on a relatively loose, relaxed and prank-laden culture.

Bathroom stall feet A few weeks prior to the big meeting, a regional VP… Continue

Added by Mark Stelzner on July 28, 2009 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Gov 2.0 Plan Template and Resources

For the past month or so, I have been working on a bunch of resources to help the Federal Government and other government agencies get started with Gov 2.0.

Many of you on govloop may have already started down the Gov 2.0, but I had found that many agencies were asking for:

- Web/Gov 2.0 Best Practices

- Help creating a Gov 2.0 plan

- Lessons learned from other customers

I took those top requests and authored a bunch of documents that are pretty vendor… Continue

Added by Dean Halstead on July 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

UK's Twitter Guide for Government

Originally published at the GenerationShift blog.

Per this post from Neil Williams, head of corporate digital channels at the UK central government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), below is a "Template Twitter Strategy for Government Departments." It's a helpful document as… Continue

Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 28, 2009 at 9:25am — 8 Comments

GovLoop Microlending Statistics

For those of you who know me, I am a numbers guy. So I decided to look at the numbers of the GovLoop lending team (on the Kiva website)...

* We have participated in 54 loans totaling almost $72,000 (GovLoopers lent $3,825 of that amount).

* The largest total of loans went to Tanzania ($11,300)

* The largest average loan was to the Dem Rep of Congo ($3,775)

* $31,450 went to groups (13 loans), $17,625 to females (25 loans), $22,500 to males (16… Continue

Added by John Sporing on July 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Ask GovLoop - What is EQ?

Ever since the 1995 release of Daniel Goleman’s much-noticed book on emotional intelligence, the issue has been a hot topic and the subject of growing research. Emotional intelligence, often referred to as EQ, is the ability to recognize and manage our emotions and the emotions of others. While IQ and technical competence are usually necessary for leadership effectiveness, they alone are often not… Continue

Added by K. Scott Derrick on July 27, 2009 at 1:15pm — 5 Comments

IDEA: Open Gov Innovations Conference "TweetBook" - Will You Help Create It?

HERE ARE THE RAW TWEETS: OGI Conference Tweets.doc

UPDATED GUIDE - What are your thoughts? Can you help bring it home? OGITweetBook -… Continue

Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 27, 2009 at 11:30am — 29 Comments

What if it works? ⎯ Vision Meets the Challenges of Gov 2.0.

One of the key fears inhibiting government adoption of Gov 2.0 strategies is simple: What if it works? We have to answer this question honestly. Otherwise Gov 2.0 will fail because it will be neither credible nor trusted by citizens or the agencies asked to implement Gov 2.0 practices.

Vision forward

What does a Gov 2.0 World look like for both agencies and citizens assuming pervasive public participation and/or inter and intra-government collaboration? What does it… Continue

Added by Kim Patrick Kobza on July 26, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Determining The Importance of Meaning in Your Work

There is a good chance we are going to win a contract that has tremendous personal meaning for me. I can’t disclose it yet, but the odds are in our favor. The project is so significant that it actually sends chills down my spine, makes me choke up, and keeps me up at night when I think about it, because I feel so incredibly blessed to potentially do this work.

Finding this level of meaning in my work is its own gift, independent of the actual project. I can’t imagine doing a job that… Continue

Added by Marissa Levin on July 25, 2009 at 2:31pm — 6 Comments

Some social media resources and a challenge/opportunity.

First, go read this critique of the recent Open Government & Innovations conference.

I see this sort of thing regularly: people who have high hopes that aren't met. As someone who enjoys teaching and leading, it's hard to watch people who want to move out get frustrated.

After reading her post and the comments, I wrote up a decently long set of resources with a challenge at the… Continue

Added by Jeffrey Levy on July 25, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

GovLoop's Top 7 Steps to Building a Community

I was asked to speak on a panel at the Open Government & Innovations conference about GovLoop.

The title of my presentation was "GovLoop - From 0 to 15,000 Members in One Year - 7 Steps to Building a Community"

I need to fully flesh out my ideas but since a few people asked for this information, here we go.

1) Solve a Problem - We are all busy and there are already a million communities. If you build it, they probably WONT come. Unless it solves a… Continue

Added by GovLoop on July 24, 2009 at 4:51pm — 8 Comments

Want to Appreciate Twitter? Live Tweet a Social Media Conference

By now, it’s a cliché that Twitter has real-world value. Yet if you really want to appreciate both the usefulness and hipness of microblogging, try participating in a social media conference where live Tweeting is not only encouraged, the Tweets also are displayed on JumboTrons flanking the on-stage speaker.

Such was the case earlier this week at the… Continue

Added by Jonathan Rick on July 24, 2009 at 4:20pm — 4 Comments

Twitter and Open Government Conference: Stats and Observations

I was very encouraged to see the organizers of the recent OGI conference ( embrace the use of Twitter from the on-set of the event planning. They established the #ogi tag early, made good use of the platform for early buzz, and enlisted the use of strong talent like @mixtmedia and @lostonroute66 for support. So, how did it all turn out?

Read… Continue

Added by Ludo Van Vooren on July 24, 2009 at 12:36pm — 3 Comments

Takeaway from OGI Conference: Trust as a Benefit from Social Media

One recurring theme I heard over the course of the two-day Open Government and Innovation Conference was trust. I believe it was David Wennergren from DoD who recommended Stephen M.R. Covey's book "The Speed of Trust." I haven't read it yet but plan to, because I think the connection between social media and trust is important and deserves further investigation.

Social media is a powerful tool for government, as we heard so many times at the conference, yet many are not quite sure… Continue

Added by Meagen Ryan on July 23, 2009 at 11:12am — 4 Comments

Mixed Feelings About OGI Conference

Allan Eustis and I attended the Open Government and Innovations Conference (OGI) on Tuesday and Wednesday. Like so many, we were lured in by the chance to hear directly from the White House via CTO Aneesh Copra and CIO Vivek Kundra. Both were excellent speakers. They made good points and as a citizen I have hope about where this will go in the future. and the other new aggregate sites have so much potential it is… Continue

Added by Jaime L. Maynard on July 23, 2009 at 10:12am — 38 Comments

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