Posts By Michael Rupert

Tonight’s Special Guest on #localgovchat: Reno’s Kristy ‘GovGirl’ Fifelski

Fifelski’s most recent vlog on the ‘searchification’ of of government websites We are excited to have Kristy Fifelski, @kristyfifelski, web manager for the City of Reno and creator of, as our special guest tonight on #localgovchat. Kristy manages the award-winning website and employee intranet by day and recently began an exciting new videoRead… Read more »

Tonight on #localgovchat: Healthy Social Media Communities Need Politician and Government Voices

Quick thoughts on tonight’s discussion: There are the politicians and there is the government. There is a distinct separation. Government social media accounts should promote and support services. The politician accounts should be used to support the special initiatives and agendas. Government and services are continuous. Initiatives and agendas have (or should have) a clearRead… Read more »

Open Government Isn’t Something One Person Can Own – It Belongs To All of Us

Originally posted on the Phase One Consulting Group’s Government Transformation Blog. As the firestorm over the future of Open Government raged across Twitter and blogs early last week following Vivek Kundra’s departure announcement, there were federal employees quietly scheduling meetings, chatting in the hallways or just simply asking questions about how Open Government can helpRead… Read more »

Former DC CTO, Md. Chief Innovation Officer @BryanSivak on #LocalGovChat Tonight at 9 EST

Photo via American Progress Join us tonight at 9 EDT for a #localgovchat with Maryland’s newly appointed Chief Innovation Officer Bryan Sivak. You can read more about Bryan, formerly the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, here, here, here and here, but I think the most telling quote about his approach to openRead… Read more »

Tonight on #LocalGovChat: @transpocamp ‘s @nickgrossman is our special guest. Join us at 9 EST.

Tonight we’ll have special guest Nick Grossman, of, to discuss the upcoming Transportation Camps – in NYC on March 5-6 and in SF on March 19-20. There is a ton of buzz about these events and some very interesting topics being thrown out for discussion. OpenPlans is doing some really exciting things with openRead… Read more »

Talking #Transportation communication for local government tonight on #localgovchat. Join us at 9 EST

(Photo Credit Would love to have all communicators, technologists, planners or anyone else even marginally interested in government and it’s role in transportation come join #localgovchat tonight at 9 EST. We want to discuss how communications, visualizations and other data can help improve how residents get around from state to state, city to city,Read… Read more »

Is @CoryBooker’s Response Strategy Sustainable? No. How He Can Better Serve Newark on #LocalGovChat

Are Cory Booker’s Tweets Helping or Hurting the City of Newark? There has been a lot of hype surrounding Cory Booker and his prolific tweeting during the recent snowstorms that have bombarded the Northeast in recent weeks. And while his personality seems more than genuine, his energy contagious, and his passion unquestioned, he is hurtingRead… Read more »

Want to get started with #local Gov 2.0? Let’s tell people how tonight on #localgovchat

Elections are over and new leaders are being introduced in local governments across the U.S. and certainly in the countries of many of our #localgovchat regulars. They are going to want to “hit the ground running” and will certainly be creating dramatic “The First 100 Days” lists. In the just the past two weeks, I’veRead… Read more »

How would you assemble your #gov20 dream team? Tonight on #localgovchat

This has post has been written before. But it can’t be written enough. I was having a discussion about how to structure a good communications staff. What level/grade should staff be? Does staff doing online engagement report to public affairs? How does IT fit into the picture? Those sorts of questions were being tossed around.Read… Read more »