Posts By Katherine Roland

Here Comes Everybody

At the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC this past September, I had the opportunity to hear Clay Shirky speak about the way social media is changing societal behaviors. I was so enamored with his talk that I went out and bought his book: Here Comes Everybody, and wrote a blog post about it onRead… Read more »

Word Cloud from Gov 2.0 Summit Notes

I was trying to summarize my eight pages of notes from the Gov 2.0 Summit this week and decided to put them into a word cloud. Here’s the link if anyone’s interested:

What do Successful Startups Have in Common?

What do successful startups have in common? According to Eric Reiss, it’s not necessarily the great ideas of their founders. Rather, it is their “pivot”, or their ability to change direction in response to feedback on the initial idea. The pivot is a systematic way to keep one foot rooted in what was learned, butRead… Read more »

Case Study on Military Health Care Social Media Portal

I’m listening to Booz Allen Hamilton consultants Grant McLaughlin and Walton Smith discuss social media case studies. One fascinating example is called, a one-stop social media portal where military health care groups, including Tricare, drive into it. America’s Military Health System is a unique partnership of medical educators, medical researchers, and health care providersRead… Read more »

Texts for Africa

The Unicef innovations team came up with an incredible idea to leverage the increased rate of cell phone use in Africa (65% now have access to a cell phone!) to help malnourished children: they built an open source framework for SMS-based systems. In partnership with graduate students at Columbia University’s SIPA school, Unicef designed anRead… Read more »

Low Hanging Data Ripe for Predicting

Alex Pentland of MIT Laboratory is showing us a map of San Francisco that has different colored dots representing people categorized by behavior. The “green dot people” go to place “x” and then typically frequent place “y” and “z” whereas the “blue dot people” and “red dot people” have different behavior patterns. He imagines aRead… Read more »

Geospatial Services = Positive Change

Jack Dangermond believes today’s challenge is geospatially enabling Gov 2.0. Geospatial data uses integrated applications to show information from multiple sources. It allows for improved planning, management, and increased efficiency. Unfortunately, the government hasn’t yet brought the data together into one map. Yet, many agencies see data sharing as part of their mission. For example,Read… Read more »

Intel’s Hero’s on Panel at Gov 2.0 Summit

If you’ve seen those new Intel adds, I’m listening to their heroes: Vinton Cerf, American scientist often called ‘Father of the Internet’; John Markoff, NY Times writer covering Silicon Valley; Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman of Twitter; Tim Sparapani – Facebook lead in Washington DC 28-minute panel. Ideas: – Vinton Cerf: o The Internet allowsRead… Read more »

Congress and Social Media

Congressman John Culberson (TX) is passionate about the concept of government as platform, government as an enabler. He dreams of a day when 1 million Americans are talking in real time with their elected officials. Google Wave is trying to achieve this. We’re approaching virtual real-time democracy and hope that citizens help build mechanisms forRead… Read more »

Let’s Jump Out of a Perfectly Good Plane!

Scott Heiferman of Let’s build an open source car. Let’s jump out of a perfectly good plane. Lets connect small business owners to each other on a local level. Let’s meet up! When can people can do when they are self-organized? TONS! Participation means lending hands not just voices.’s background. Successful meet-up groups:Read… Read more »