Government 2.0 Club is an informal organization focused on convening the tribe of technologists and thinkers focused on applying social technologies to the governments worldwide.
Gov 2.0 Panel Discussion help
May 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm #71984
On Monday, May 18th, 2009, I will be moderating a panel discussion featuring Dr. Mark Drapeau, Micah Baldwin, and Hillary Hartley, regarding the adoption of Government 2.0. In the spirit of crowdsourcing, I am hoping you could help me with developing questions. The audience is going to be made up of state government managers that could make Government 2.0 happen in their agencies, but who are likely to be skeptical or resistant to the changes necessary for Government 2.0. So here is my question:
What information do the panelists and I need to impart to this group to convince them that Government 2.0 adoption is the right thing to do?
FYI – as part of this panel discussion, my project team has created a Government 2.0 resource guide wiki. This wiki contains a number of useful resources (including some discovered here in Govloop). The wiki can be accessed at http://iacaweb2experiment.wikispaces.com/. Most of the pages can be viewed and edited by anyone. So please explore the site and edit away.
May 14, 2009 at 5:00 am #71992
Information on the way that shared knowledge produces better outcomes
If the citizens, customers, or service users are abe to say how they would like a service delivered ( and say there are 250 million people in the USA ), then they are likely to have a better way than 50 policy analysts in Washington, drawn from an elite.
If service users and citizens design the service, it is more likely to be trusted. Governments and other institutions have currently lost a lot of trust. In the UK, where I live, 18% of people now trust public service employees. A smaller percentage trust bankers, and a smaller percentage again trust politicians.
Rome was not built in a day, but it required collaboration. Web 2.0 enables collaboration, and it enables citizens to design services ( at no extra cost )
Will let you know how we get on as we try to turn government the sensible way up i.e. the people think of the answers, not a small minority in an office in the capital city
May 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm #71990
One of the fears that I have heard from people is that there are so many tools out there; Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Technocrati, etc, and there is no way that they can support all of them. So, often the choice is to support none. There is nothing wrong with adopting the use of a limited set of tools. I would suggest that they look at the demographics of the consumer that they wish to reach and match it with the demographics of the user base for the tool.
May 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm #71988
Thank you everyone for your comments. They have and will be helpful.
At the moment, the topics to be addressed are:
1) What is Web 2.0?
2) Social Networks
6) What is Government 2.0 and Why is Web 2.0 important to government?
I posted a visual aide slide show at http://www.slideshare.net/briangryth that I will use at during the discussion.
Hopefully, we will be able to explain what the technologies are and how they can be harnessed for good.
Thanks again for the help and if I have a chance I will blog about the results after the discussion. Stay tuned!
May 20, 2009 at 5:49 am #71986
How did your event end up going ? Hopefully very positive….
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