(Crossposted to LiveJournal)
I am extremely excited that I am in the middle of this new cosmic shift. We are moving away from the days when the entire world is interconnected by all these cool gadgets and tools, and the government does not allow employees to participate.
Now we are seeing a whole new movement where our federal jobs are going to be interconnected in so many different ways. I've recently been introduced to a new Social Networking site called Govloop. On it all sorts of different federal employees can get together and share even more ways with one another to move this development forward. Employees within the same organization who would never normally interact are conferring on a regular basis.
Yes, we are going to lose some of our less flexible employees behind in the dust - those who think this is a waste of time, a waste of effort. Those who cannot see that the smaller we make our world, the more we can all accomplish together.
Yes - I am exceedingly excited to be in the middle of all these changes. I am thrilled and anxious to see all these things happen right on my doorstep. I am really hoping that this set of changes will lead to another set of changes that I've been harping on for quite a while.
I want to see a further paradigm shift where people stop saying condescending remarks deprecating the government. Having been raised in the DC Metro area, I've been around politicians and government workers practically all my life. I've always heard people complaining about the government, the bureaucracy, the slowness; most people end up mouthing cliches like, "welcome to the government," and "that's the government for you."
I find it HILARIOUS (read that with heavy sarcasm) when those same cliches come out of the mouths of federal employees. You are talking about yourselves! I am hoping that our new movement towards a highly involved communications between co-workers and between agencies will actually cause the bulk of federal employees to feel some sense of ownership about their positions and their organizations.
I am really hoping that in my lifetime I am going to see citizens respecting their government, employees respecting their employers, consumers respecting their providers. I really want to be part of a society run by mutual respect and pride - pride in ourselves, and pride in each other.