The State of OpenGov/Gov 2.0 – Where to Now?

On Tuesday before the President’s State of the Union address, OpenGov and Gov 2.0 activists, journalists and organizers will gather for a GovLoop live chat, Gov 2.0 Radio podcast and collaborative document editing project to help define the movement and discuss where we need to go from here.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 to 9 p.m. EST – Sign up to participate.

Confirmed panelists for the podcast include Lucas Cioffi, Alan Silberberg, Sarah Schacht, Alex Howard (host/moderator) and Wayne Moses Burke. Anyone interested in OpenGov/Gov 2.0 principles and events is invited to join in the chat, and halfway through the event, we’ll open up a Google document for community members to held edit response to these questions:

What is the general state of the OpenGov and Gov 2.0 communities? Are they significantly different communities?

Which voices need to join the opengov and Gov 2.0 communities and how can we reach them?

What outcomes do the Gov 2.0 and opengov communities need in 2011?

What outcomes do the Gov 2.0 and opengov communities need from in-person events?

What are effective emerging formats for in-person events that will help us achieve those outcomes?

What collaboration is possible (and desirable) across organizations in the OpenGov and Gov 2.0 communities?

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Awesome. I saw this blog on “America Speaks” and didn’t understand it at first.

Now I think I do. We need to hear from the average American, and from those on either end of economic gap: the richest and the poorest Americans. How they live how they cope, what challenges they face.

We’ve spent the first couple of years building community and building infrastructure, but now we need to start to listen to what is really needed from the bottom up so that we can implement intelligently from the top down.

David Fletcher

With respect to Q #2

There has been significant turnover in 2010-11 among state CIOs. State IT organizations are general at an intersection between federal and local government. They typically have more resources at their disposal than many or most local governments. They have a well-organized organization in NASCIO that will also undergo a lot of changes. It will be very important for these new CIOs to gain an understanding of the value of #egov and #ogov in order to maintain any significant momentum at the state level. We also need an egov champion among the governor ranks who appreciates the value the egov delivers to government, someone along the order of Mark Warner, former governor of Virginia or Mike Leavitt, of Utah. An eloquent outspoken governor can make a tremendous impact among their colleagues. Gov. Schwarzenegger, who has been a huge advocate for social media in government is also leaving, so it will be interesting to see how all these changes affect things going forward and who will rise as champions and advocates.

Adriel Hampton

David, we have that same issue in SF. Chris Vein has left, and so has Gavin Newsom. Both had line-level people in their orgs who taught them about Gov 2.0/OpenGov, and both very much embraced it. It is scary to think about having to start over at square one in terms of education.