Supporting the Google Group that can be found at the link below, this group provides a place for those on GovLoop and interested in Government 2.0 as it relates to Australia.
How is gov 2.0 doing in Australia?
August 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm #179752
In my blogs and books in The Netherlands I’ve often pointed my fellow Dutchmen to gov 2.0 initiatives in Australia (e.g. in my book about Dutch civil servants 2.0 here). The Gov 2.0 Taskforce and the subsequent recommendations from the ministry were an inspiration to plead for official gov 2.0 initiatives in The Netherlands. My question now is: what has happened since?
Coming to Australia
This question is relevant to me personally because I’m going to be living there for four months. My first stop is Brisbane, where I’ll be staying throughout October. After some travelling I’ll be touching down in Sydney for about two months, returning to Europe just after Australia Day. Officially it’s a sabbatical, but I do want to take the opportunity to meet people and learn about the current state of gov 2.0!
So who can I talk to? Who must I meet? Where should I go? I would like to learn how APS and state and local governments open up and use the internet to connect to communities. How does social innovation affect government? But I also want to know how internet technology is changing internal collaboration and the way agencies work (together). And how are civil servants using this new potential?
My own vision on gov 2.0 can be found in the Civil Servant 2.0 book. My latest book, We, the government, unfortunately hasn’t been translated in English yet. A short description can be found here, along with some information about the Civil Servant 2.0 network that I started in the Netherlands (nearing 10,000 members). Additionally I have a personal site in English.
I also initiated a public collaboration platform called Pleio (Government Square) with over 60,000 users. Last year it won a gold medal in the Intranet Innovation Awards. See the English introduction here or read my interview with Computerworld Australia. It would be very interesting to compare Dutch and Australian government and gov 2.0 and social innovation developments!
But enough about me! What do you think? How can I learn more about the current state of Australian government and gov 2.0? I hope to hear from you!
August 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm #179756
Good to hear you are visiting Australia. In relation to the Australian Public Service there has been progress on open data, freedom of information and, in the main, use of social media as a one way communication channel. The official view is that culture change is slow.
This was being said back in 2009 and, as many would agree, there is a lot of official spin on this entire issue. By and large progress is being made in ‘safe’ areas – that needs to be acknowledged.
The reality is that is a lot of backsliding in terms of public servants engaging online. Here are a number of recent posts from my site on this issue:
All in all people are being told to ‘shut up’. That emanates from the Australian Public Service Commission.
Who to talk to?
Ex-public servants – Craig Thomler and myself.
From within the public service:
Professor John McMillan Australian Information Commissioner
Pia Waugh – Now working for the Australian Public Service. Details here.
Contact me via [email protected] and I’ll send you contact details.
I will also tweet your post/question.
All the best.
August 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm #179754
Steve, thanks for the information. I’ll have a look at the links later. My experience in the Netherlands is that change is embraced within the boundaries of the current system, but becomes difficult when it comes to fundamentals. However, this societal change is fundamental, so there is a need to change (parts of) the system. Engaging public servants is one of them …
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