How to Become a Proactive Business Owner

A proactive business owner understands that communication and problem solving is key to having a growing and thriving business. These three tips will help you to continue in your trek towards entrepreneurship. Invest Time in Problem Solving (and Prevention) The best way to solve a problem is to get to the root of the problem…. Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – Beth Noveck Open Gov

Beth Noveck, Deputy CTO OSTP Early milestones -Open for Qeustions -data.gov -HHS H1N1 PSA -Release of White House visitor logs Open Government Initiative -A model. A pathforward. A way to get policies involved. -Open government policy – requires policy, legal, and tech leadership in every agency with public input. In next couple of weeks. Culture… Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – Macon Phillips

On stage with Macon Phillips, head of White House New Media What does President expect of you? 1 – Amplify the president’s message and bring to new spaces 2 – Open up government 3 – Opportunities for public to participate in their government Difference between Obama campaign and White House On campaign there were clear… Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – Geo Rapid Fire

Andrew Turner – Fortius One Geograph is a common pivot point Geotag a lot of data is necessary GIS is moving from map-centric to engaging with stakeholders and ctiziens Serve citizen needs Examples such as TwitterVoteReport Elction monitoring in Afghanistan Open data, open formats Bob Greenberg – Virtual USA – DHS S&T with a number… Read more »

Seeking New Young Government Leaders (YGL) Executive Board Members

What better way to develop your leadership skills than to serve on the Executive Board of Young Government Leaders. If you haven’t applied, it’s not too late! See the attached position descriptions (YGL Executive Staff Duties Responsibilities.pdf) and application (YGL Executive Board Application – 2009.doc). The primary positions where we’re still seeking applications are: President… Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – Rapid Fire

Everyblock – Pick your local area and feed of everything you know about that area. Records, public records. Been doing it for two years. Get data in two ways – screen scrapping from gov websites and going to city hall. -Making sites scraper-friendly is an easy win -Diffs not dumps -PDFs are not machine-readable -Describe… Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – FixMyStreet

mySociety group from UK…..does sites like FixMyStreet and WhatDoTheyKnow Report problems in your street. Fix rate is about 50% WhatDoTheyKnow – archives of FOIA requests and answers TheyWorkForYou – politicians, what they said, and what they do Lessons to look for – 1 – Combine services that normal people want with transparency even if they… Read more »

Gov 2 Summit – Clay Shirky

Telling story about LA Times, Apps for Democracy, and Fines…. LA Times had no space to adapt. Apps for Democracy. Understood motive of hackers. Encourage and support motives. Didn’t take credit until after apps were done. Contract to users has to be complete but not too complete. Users are motivated to do things you will… Read more »