I just got off the phone with Bryan Sivak, the former CTO of Washington DC, a little while ago. We were prepping for this Thursday’s PdF Network conference call (1-2pm EST). The topic is “Digital DC: How to Create a New Culture of Digital Government.” We’re both really psyched for this conversation.
Bryan is going to focus on how to shift the assumptions inside government agencies away from risk avoidance to a willingness to embrace change, including trying social media, opening up government processes to public involvement, and so on. He comes from the software start-up world, having launched his own company in 1998, and came into government in 2009 at the invitation of then-Mayor Fenty.
He’s got plenty of chapter-and-verse stories about how he was able to plant and nurture small changes inside the DC bureaucracy into really widespread transformation–like getting thousands of people inside the DC government all onto and using Yammer for internal cross-department communication. We’re also going to look at topics like how government can change how it manages failure, and look at some real life lessons from DC’s handling of some recent crises.
Right now thru May all these PdF Network calls are free; you just have to RSVP in advance: http://personaldemocracy.com/pdf-network-call-digital-dc-how-create-new-culture-digital-government.
We’ve also got a really interesting call coming up on “Connected Cities” looking in particular at how Boston is using technology to connect citizens to each other and their government: http://personaldemocracy.com/pdf-network-call-connected-cities-how-boston-linking-citizens-government.