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On Thursday, February 10, in an act of friendship and cooperation on behalf of South Africa, paleo-anthropologist Lee Berger donated casts of recently uncovered…


Added by Bob Gourley on April 24, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments

A Movie About Product Placement That Gets Its Funding From Product Placement

It's a tongue-in-cheek movie by Morgan Spurlock (of "Supersize Me" fame) about product placement. 

But like an onion, or a Russian doll, it has layers and layers beneath that.

* A layer about brands, and how inescapable they are today.

* A layer about the non-reality caused by living in a marketing society.

* But perhaps most strikingly, a layer about how everyone and everything is suddenly up for sale - even a documentary maker who is chiding the…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 23, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Insulate Open Government Efforts From Budget Cuts

To be successful over the long-term, Open Government efforts can't be a separate line item on the balance sheet

With the recent news that several major Open Government efforts including,, and FedSpace may…


Added by Steve Radick on April 23, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Facebook Translate for Government?

You may have noticed that a few years ago Facebook created a translation app to crowd source translations. The basic concept works like this:


Step One – Translate the Glossary with all the core terms, people vote translations up or down to determine which ones stick.

Step Two – Translate all of Facebook into the other language, with people voting up or down the best translations.

Step Three: Review everything, with people voting to confirm it’s actually working…


Added by Christopher Whitaker on April 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

NSTIC Sets Up a Tall Order

“The Identity Ecosystem is the embodiment of the vision.  It is an online environment where individuals and organizations can trust each other because they follow agreed-upon standards and processes to identify and authenticate their digital identities—and the digital identities of organizations and devices.”…


Added by Peg Hosky on April 23, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Micro-participation project

We’re starting an open innovation-y project at Kind of Digital about micro-participation.

Do get…


Added by Dave Briggs on April 23, 2011 at 7:10am — No Comments

Communities and ‘hyperactivism’

Excellent analysis and writing from Tessy Britton in reaction to the recent disturbances in Bristol:

This is the real landscape into which the Localism…


Added by Dave Briggs on April 23, 2011 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Federal Government Deduplication Strategies Worth Duplicating

Want the recipe for a real government shutdown? Combine 30% annual data growth, an explosion of virtual data, and an outdated federal back-up infrastructure. Adding more storage is not fixing the problem. But what’s the alternative? According to a new survey from …


Added by Bob Gourley on April 23, 2011 at 12:04am — No Comments

Daily Dose: Is there hope for the Federal Hiring & Recruitment Process?

When thinking about the Federal Hiring Process I think what a nightmare! Last year the Obama Administration ordered the federal recruitment and hiring process to be overhauled. 


In the Washington Post article, …


Added by Tarryn Reddy on April 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Dorm boombox gets second life; Earth Day freebies!

Earth DayKristin says goodbye to "Mr. Sony" and shows you how to fill up on Earth Day freebies (including coffee)!

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Added by Sarah Lane on April 22, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments


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Added by Sib Penn on April 22, 2011 at 4:21pm — 4 Comments

Composting Equipment

In honor of Earth Day, I’m passing along a video that was sent to us at work from Envirocycle. The company makes a composter that looks like a barrel. The operation seems fairly simple. To place the compost, I imagine you could just roll the container to where you need to dump the material.

The company website suggests turning the drum about 3 times a week. The entire composting process can take 30 to 40 days.…


Added by Pam Broviak on April 22, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Saving the Earth, One “Work-From-Home Day” at a Time

I think it is safe to say that we’re all happy that a federal government shutdown was avoided this month. Yes, some workers were planning great volunteer opportunities that couldn’t take place, but most folks are happy to have received their normal paycheck.

Still, the possible shutdown left me wondering – what would traffic have been like in D.C. with most federal employees not coming in to work?…


Added by Christina Morrison on April 22, 2011 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Third Thursdays SF - Organizing Local Gov 2.0

In San Francisco, the loss of a charismatic mayor who served as a social media and civic tech booster-in-chief within city government came as something of a blow to Gov 2.0 advocates last year. However, we rebounded by shifting our focus to building the civic tech and open government community of…


Added by Adriel Hampton on April 22, 2011 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments

How Gov't Agencies Can Build Audience and Increase Engagement

Happy Friday all!


Here are 10 steps for Gov’t agencies to build audience:

1. Identify

2. Logistics

3. Define success

4. Enlist

5. Experts & Partners

6. Community Strategy

7. Content Strategy

8. Launch

9. Start doing

10. Measure


Here are 6 proven tips to increase engagement:

1. Connect

2. Educate

3. Empower

4. Energize

5. Enhance



Added by Lauren Modeen on April 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Friday Fab 5: Zen, Shakespeare, and Why Librarians Are the Secret Masters of the Universe

It's been a busy week for many, but it's time to kick off your shoes, relax, and enjoy the...

Friday Fab 5!

That wonderful time of the week when we take a look back at a few of the communities accomplishments.


The Most Commented Blog of the Week goes to…


Added by Jeff Ribeira on April 22, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Trust, But Verify, Government Contractor Edition

Authored by Jeff White

How well do you know your teaming partners?

Do you know what government agencies they’ve worked with? What contracts they’ve held? What actions the government may have taken against them in the past?

And are you taking their word for it?

You might not recognize the risk you’re taking if you’re not verifying what you’re told. It can…


Added by Elliot Volkman on April 22, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

Awards Are The Best Motivator

A group of us at work received an award recently for mission support - generally for collaboration between Public Affairs and Information Technology. Our shared goal: deliver information the public wants and needs.

I know nobody cares about somebody else's award. But I just wanted to share this. Because I don't need to win them all. Just once in awhile, and… Continue

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 22, 2011 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

Idaho Governor blocks federal health care reform

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued an executive order yesterday that prohibits the state from receiving federal funding for any initiatives outlined under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Order uses portions of a bill…


Added by Bailey McCann on April 22, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Think Your Way Out of a Dictatorship

Confronted with dictators and their dysfunctional organizations from the outside, people usually express surprise:

"How did this one person rise to such a position? Why does anyone go along with this?"

From the inside, the very same situation seems obvious:

"Oh, it's always been like that."

After awhile, people don't even blink to acknowledge it.

The difference between the dysfunctional group and the functional one is insularity.

Keeping to oneself, never…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 22, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

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