Say your piece. A lot of people have served our country and sacrificed to make sure that you can. The crucible of ideas that began in Independence Hall has now spread to the internet. Social networking is a logical extension of the vision of the framers and founders: an idea is expressed and through examination, debate, and filtering by your fellow citizens is accepted or rejected. Perhaps modified, and hopefully improved. Sometimes it’s just plain blown out of the water. That is OK.
I’ve noticed that many participating in the govloop experience here are degreed, accomplished leaders in an incredible array of disciplines. It can be intimidating to say anything at all. But please remember Shakespeare, Jefferson, Lincoln and Adams had no degrees. So most of you have an advantage. OPM would probably kick out their applications for federal service today.
Lincoln said, “A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for
successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”
–September 30, 1859 Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society
Even people from Alaska can have ideas about how things should work in Washington, D.C. What I
like love about this social networking crucible is the speed at which ideas can spread, be shared, and sometimes, be blown out of the water. (Our recent election comes to mind as an example of this speed.)
So read on and then say your piece. At some point, an idea is ready to pour from the crucible into the mold of a project, plan, or action. And that is what it is all about. Doing something. Social networking is a way to get it right. Faster and better.