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Thanks to Beth
January 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm #120062
I have to say....I think she did a great job in a tough environment. It's really hard to get anything new off the ground in government and in the last two years, she has helped take Open Gov/Gov 2.0 from a lot of people talking hypothetically..... to real action. There is an Open Gov directive, a memorandum, agencies have Open Gov plans, there have been Open Gov dialogues, ExpertNet RFI, and flagship projects. For those who don't know, that takes a ton of hard work and patience - getting people together, pushing/prouding, getting directives/memos through the bureaucratic beast, engaging with stakeholder groups.
Yes, there is still room for improvement. That is always true at the beginning of a movement. But she made OpenGov a reality and has set up an awesome foundation for the next Deputy CTO of Open Government to build upon. OpenGov/Gov 2.0 is not a 2-year movement but a 10-15 year movement implementing real change in how government operates
Personally I want to thank Beth for all the hard-work she's done....please comment on this post and send your thanks to Beth, share your favorite Beth story, and I'll make sure to forward our discussion thread to her. All of us who care about OpenGov/Gov 2.0 have benefited from her hard work.
January 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm #120076
I agree..very tough environment, even in some of the more forward thinking Agencies like NASA. New starts are hard anyway, but anything revolutionary or game-changing is likely to face considerable resistance.
Beth did an outstanding job, along with many others including Andrew Mc Laughlin, Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra and thousands of others on the cutting edge of OpenGov/Gov 2.0, both inside and outside of government.
Looking forward to an awesome 2011, let's keep up the momentum..
Still time to comment on the ExpertNet RFI, govvies and non-govvies alike:
January 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm #120074
Beth as you leave the White House to become an awesome teacher, I give you my personally derived quote that I created and posted on the class room black board-as Executive Director of EXODUS House , a very successful drug and alcohol rehab center in Asbury Park NJ for men and women addicted to drugs and alcohol...
" No one can rise beyond their teaching. The more you know, the more you grow. The more you grow,
the more you want to know." Please let us know if Open Government TV can conduct an exit interview with you.
We would like to put your foundational wisdom and past efforts to amazingly good use as the Open Government Directive enters into its next generation of application.
Thank you and Much continued success.
January 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm #120072
Beth was changing government before she took the post, with peer-to-patent and Wiki Government and all her other work, and she'll keep changing it after she's gone from the White House. Thank you for your smarts, inspiration and insights. And for bringing many of us in the municipal innovation movement together! Thank you, Beth!
January 10, 2011 at 1:34 am #120070
Thanks for your incredible advocacy and accomplishments, Beth, and we know that you will continue to help building bridges between government and engaged citizens well into the future. Good luck in what's next.
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January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #120066
I first "met" Beth through her book Wiki Government. It immediately became one of my most quoted books in training situations, including a couple slides devoted to her most poignant and compelling thoughts. I still refer back to it now and again - it's definitely one of those books that doesn't just sit on a shelf, but serves as one-part inspiration and one-art instruction manual for implementing innovation in government.
But it wasn't until late this last year at Manor.GovFresh that I shook her hand was able to share directly my appreciation for her work. Of course, she also sparked an idea that has stuck in my mind and that I hope becomes a mantra of sorts for her replacement at the White House - the notion of civic surplus building upon Clay Shirky's "cognitive surplus" idea. And this emphasis on engaging citizens in a meaningful and hyper-local manner - needs to be the centerpiece of open government going forward. Thanks for the clarion call to action, Beth. I have no doubt that you will continue to change government with your insights on public innovation, and I look forward to following your work - wherever you are - in the years ahead.
January 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm #120064
Beth helped frame the Open Government issue during the Obama transition and brought it to life through her vision of how President Obama's directive should be implemented. She pioneered the use of collaborative dialogue tools that broke the boundaries of how the government previously thought about engaging citizens in their government.
She can look back on her two years of public service and say "I helped make a difference" and likely the government won't be able to go back to the way it did citizen engagement before.
Congrats, and thanks!
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