Note: Blueprint 2020 is a Canadian government initiative inviting employees to share ideas about changing how we do things in government. This post was originally published on www.govlife.ca.
It has been several months since the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters, launched the Blueprint 2020 initiative. It is an opportunity for Public Servants across departments to work together to help shape the face of the workplace moving forward.
Many of us are following the conversation on-line, and participating in government wide conversations internally on GCConnex and externally on Twitter. The amount of information is, at some times, overwhelming. I'm not sure about everyone else but I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with the sheer volume.
I've been around for awhile so I've been through a few of these "change" initiatives. But, in my opinion, this one feels different, in a good way. Maybe it's the fact that we have easy access to information and each other through social media. Or maybe it's the people involved. Probably a little from column A and a little from column B.
During the Clerk's launch something that I never thought would happen did. An internal government event was the top trending topic on Twitter, many who I was watching the event with aren't on Twitter and didn't get how big of a deal this was. A Storify of the Twitter stream during the event was captured by Stéphane Tourangeau here: Building the Public Service of the Future Together
Departments have begun launching their own internal collaboration. On Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) launch day a government initiative once again became the top trending item on Twitter. A summary of CRA's launch was captured by Danielle Donders here: CRA's Blueprint 2020 Launch
I love the energy and the intent behind it all but don't envy those tasked with sifting through all of the data to find the best ideas. Judging from everything I've seen thus far there are a lot of engaged Public Servants but there is so much information travelling back and forth it might be hard to pick out the nuggets among all the noise.
The good thing is that there is a lot of interest and employees are excited about making change. Senior management is genuinely interested and open to allowing employees to move these ideas forward. I see them sharing information and engaging with employees everyday on-line.
But on the other hand I'm a bit nervous of where all of this will lead us, will the surplus of information just be ignored or will we find a way to tap into it and take advantage of the potential that all these ideas hold. Time will tell, but I'm optimistic that positive change will occur and that we'll build a stronger more cohesive public service moving forward.
What do you think?