At a govie staff meeting yesterday, the interesting point was made that there’s potentially a huge advantage to innovating via social media in government because government is more willing to share with government. In other words, there are not the inherent barriers to sharing best practices that crop up in the private sector, where Company A is reluctant to share with Company B their latest outreach/productivity/communication innovations that leverage Web 2.0.
Granted, the government has it’s own unique set of challenges around security, firewalls and cultures that are slow to embrace change. But might the focus on mission override – or at least soften – these barriers?
What do you think: is government uniquely well-positioned to share and accelerate adoption because of an absence of market competition? How might we leverage this advantage for government?