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DorobekINSIDER LIVE: Combing through Cloud Computing

A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We meet every month…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Re-use Your Old Content

We live in a world where “new” gets attention. How often have you focused on “breaking news” or “happening now” stories? You already know generating new content helps to improve engagement with your communications, but you don’t always need to start from scratch to capture an audience. In fact, there are many ways to use what you’ve published in the past to help citizens and stakeholders reengage with your content.

Check out four simple methods below to help you put a new spin on…


Added by Mary Yang on August 20, 2014 at 11:39am — No Comments

Digital Property is “Real” Property: 5 Ways to Treat it That Way

Although we're in at least the seventh decade of the Digital Era, and people realize how integral social and digital technologies are to both our personal and professional lives, there is still a very strong tendency to underestimate the critical role of digital property in managing a brand identity, pursuing goals and objectives, and managing risk. Digital property is often treated as if…


Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.

A request or a comment so ludicrous, so inane and so lacking in common sense that it takes all your considerable being to stop yourself from tipping over the desk and shouting loudly: “But that’s just……


Added by Dan Slee on August 19, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10 Ways to Leverage Social Media in Your Organization

GovLoop recently hosted an online training session “Does Government Need an Exit Strategy for Facebook?” that explored ways to increase your organization’s outreach through social media.…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Connecting Your Website and Email Communications to Build Stakeholder Relationships

By Lucas Pillman, Implementation Consultant

For most public sector organizations, just having a website is not enough when it comes to engaging stakeholders and increasing stakeholder satisfaction. Government communicators need to be constantly driving traffic to that website through multiple channels so that their mission-driven content is consistently being engaged with and used by stakeholders.

One way to ensure that stakeholders are engaging with your…


Added by Mary Yang on August 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Here, Let Me Check That Tweet For You

Today I was thinking about work, and how some people just find it easy to roll through it, just take the money and run. I wasn't ever one of those people. 

It's insane to watch from the outside, actually, because I work in the government and very often the people who do best are quiet, they have some kind of passion outside of the job, and they do what they need to do without getting worked up about it. 

They know that the red tape can kill you if you…

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 14, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

For Citizen Engagement Professionals When Communication is Not Enough

Citizen engagement operates with a lot of fancy titles like consumer education, consumer protection, client-centered services, outreach, or prevention and preparedness.  In a prior life as an independent consultant, it was called community-based participatory research, and in my current role it is dubbed Community Engagement.  (I must note, “citizen” explicitly denotes a legal status that does not apply to everyone in the community, and generally engagement work leans toward…


Added by Sida Ly-Xiong on August 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Build Partnerships the Right Way

In government, we often talk about the importance of building public-private partnerships. In San Jose, they aren’t just talking about building partnerships – they’re actually doing it.


The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, a facilitator of public private partnerships, is working on ways to leverage Silicon…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Answer that Odious Interview Question: "What Are Your Weaknesses?"

Whether you’re interviewing for an internship or for a job in the Senior Executive Service, your interviewer may ask you that old "What are your weaknesses?" question.  But even interviewers who still ask that widely reviled question recognize its limitations. "No one realistically expects to receive brutally honest answers like, 'I'm below-average intelligence and difficult to work with,' " said Heidi McAllister, an environmental educator who has hired dozens of professionals into…


Added by lily whiteman on August 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

ITIF Urges New Music Copyright Legislation

In the early 20th century, you could only listen to music by attending live performances. Then you could listen to it on recordings. Then radio, vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, Napster iTunes and now through various streaming services like Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify.


If the technology to record…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Playing Telephone With Gov Communication

Did you ever play the game telephone as a kid? It was one of my favorite games, because no matter how hard you tried, the message always got muddled somewhere along the way.


Messages from government leaders can also run the risk of a telephone-esque misunderstanding.


In the…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Does Government Need an Exit Strategy for Facebook? 6 Ideas From our Experts

The average person spends a half hour every day on Facebook, according to Blog Herald. How do you spend your 30 minutes?

Surely you want every selfie, status update, and post to get attention from your…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

7 Ideas for the U.S. Digital Service

This week it was announced that the U.S. federal government is creating a U.S. Digital Service team led by Mikey Dickerson with a goal to "improve and…


Added by GovLoop on August 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Bake in Security - Without Ruining the Cake

The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) mandates very detailed security practices. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has an entire division focused on creating security guidance documents. As security becomes more of a focus the nomenclature of these documents seeps into your daily lingo.…


Added by Chaeny Emanavin on August 13, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Cross-Cultural Illiteracy, the Invisible Engagement Barrier

Tyrantis a character-driven show about a fictitious country in the Middle East that is painfully lumbering toward freedom. Every episode shows the characters confronting some external conflict that brings up painful memories, unresolved conflicts, and inner motivations they'd rather not confront.

As an adult raised cross-culturally, the most interesting thing about this show is watching the difference between how…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 13, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Managing Comments Online: 10 Recommendations

Even though social media is fully integrated into the global culture and economy, many leaders are still reluctant to put themselves and/or their organizations in a position where they may have to listen to and/or engage with various stakeholders via these public channels. They tend to fear potential reputational harm and/or the stickiness of having to respond to criticism and negative feedback in an…


Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 13, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

LinkedIn: Deciphering and Maximizing the Professional Networking Service

By Chuck Brooks, Vice President and Client Executive, Department of Homeland Security

Since launching in 2003, the social networking service LinkedIn has become an increasingly popular avenue for professional networking and interaction. LinkedIn provides a valuable platform for business engagement in all industries, including government services, but its potential is wasted if you’re not properly educated or committed to maximizing your presence.

I recently had the…


Added by Chuck Brooks on August 12, 2014 at 9:33pm — No Comments

8 Books You Need to Read This Summer

With mobile technology, 24/7 news coverage, Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, iPhones, and other constant updates, sometimes we just need to stop and reflect. Take a breath.


Really, take a breath. Sometimes you gain the most by slowing down and reading a good book. Holding…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 12, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Wellness at Work

The state of our bodies and minds can be an accurate barometer of our professional success and personal happiness.  When we are healthy, we have high energy and improved mental acuity. We are better able to manage the unexpected events that may come our way and experience a calmer temperament that allows us to interact peacefully and productively with those around us. 

Many times work schedules, deadlines and travel can interfere with our commitment to eat healthier and stay in shape.…


Added by Kathy Wentworth Drahosz on August 12, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

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