GovLoop Contest Winner – George Washington University!

The GovLoop Battle of Colleges Charity Contested has officially ended with the winner being the George Washington University. 2nd place goes to George Mason University and 3rd place goes to American University. Despite our range of members, I guess the D.C. connection is strong although if given another week or so I’m guessing you wouldRead… Read more »

“Generation No” – Insighting an Intergenerational War

I just received today’s installment of “The Daily Pipeline” from the Partnership for Public Service and was angered when I read the opinion piece by Thomas Schweich entitled “Generation No.” Here’s how he starts his thoughts: “You know you have arrived when you get interviewed by the 29-year-old instead of the 22-year-old,” the 57-year-old foreignRead… Read more »

USAID Development 2.0 Challenge – THIS WEEK ONLY!

Hi everyone, Just a quick post here to bring an initiative to your attention. Through the USAID Development 2.0 Challenge, you and I are able to vote on our favorite international projects at: http://www.netsquared.org/usaid/vote. Register, login and vote! But hurry because they’ve limited feedback to December 8 -12! The world is waiting… UPDATE: There areRead… Read more »

Are You a Member of Generation C?

Originally published at the Young Government Leaders Blog In my journeys across the Web, I have observed a fascinating phenomena: Millennials and Gen X’ers aren’t the only ones embracing the power of social media and its potential to create “Government 2.0.” If I had to estimate the average age of guests at virtual venues likeRead… Read more »

GovLoop Survey – Who Is Your Favorite Public Servant?

The results are in and your favorite public servant in a landslide is….Barack Obama. Specifically, the results were: Barack Obama – 58.5% Colin Powell – 16.9% Anonymous Govie – 10.8% Current/Past Boss – 9.2% David Walker – 4.6% While we still are in the honeymoon phase, it is inspiring to see the power of Obama.Read… Read more »

Open-Government.us – Caring about Sharing

Greetings, everyone. Have you seen the new open letter from Larry Lessig, Ben Smith (Politico), Tim O’Reilly and others from Mozilla, Wikipedia, RedditMozilla, and the Sunlight Foundation regarding three principles for open government? Here’s the slide show: And here are the three principles: 1. No Legal Barrier to Sharing (law (copyright law) should not blockRead… Read more »

Reinventing Public Service

I’ve previously made my case for the value of the word “bureaucrat” but it’s a tough battle. To appease the 50th complaint, I changed the profile question to “Who is your favorite public servant?” Which bring me to public service. A lot of talk has occurred recently on reenergizing public service. When I was inRead… Read more »

DHS and the (Not Yet Created) TechSolutions Wiki

Originally posted at the GenerationShift blog: A couple weeks ago, while attending the National League of Cities conference in Orlando, FL, I connected with representatives from the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Our conversation began by them highlighting a new website called TechSolutions. According to the website: The TechSolutions ProgramRead… Read more »

The Multi-Dimensional Public Servant

In the media, government employees are cast like they are a different species. Living underground in caves, we speak a different language (bureaucratize), have different morals (obscurity), and generally make your life difficult. One of the most interesting things I’ve found working in public service is the diversity of the public service. I’m particularly interestedRead… Read more »