MuniGov 2.0 is a coalition of local/municipal governments focused on exploring the use and principles of Web 2.0 in an effort to improve citizen services and communication via technology.
Anyone know of any other government (state/local) social networking sites?
June 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm #132602
GovLoop seems to be servicing the 2 million civillian federal government workers, and I haven't been able to really network with any of the 8.3 million state and local folks since I joined a couple of years ago. Since there are more of us out there than federal employees, I'm hoping they're networking online somewhere!
June 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm #132638
Check out ICMA's Knowledge Network at ICMA.org/KN
It is the social networking site for local government employees and managers. There you can ask questions, build groups, and share documents. It's free to set up a profile and use the KN.
June 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm #132636
I will definately check it out, thanks!
June 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm #132634
I am, and I share your sentiments. The Federal issues are unique to one large orginazation and incredibly complex orginization. I get alot out of my state city managers mailling list, but only about 1 in 50 of the messages here spark my interest.
June 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm #132632
There are some of us here. Maybe we're at fault and need to work harder to get more of our colleagues involved. Kind of a vicious circle - the more Federal employees, the more the topics seem to be of interest to Federal employees. I'm not aware of any other sites.
June 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm #132630
Matthew - glad to know that I'm not the only one who's been feeling this way. It seems most of the things that get promoted and responses from members are geared towards feds (or are so general in nature, such as social media, procurement, project management, etc. - that they apply to most working individuals whether their in the public or private sector).
I'm sure there's lots of us out here on GovLoop who are state/local, but I wonder that if when non-federal people join, perhaps they are only viewing the main blogs, and not really exploring deep into GovLoop -
June 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm #132628
Thanks for your response. I agree with your comment to get more of our colleagues involved. Over the past couple of years, I have created a few groups here on GovLoop (Internships, Apprenticeships & Volunteering; Tribal government; Employment Job & Training; Arizona Allstars; and a Green group which GovLoop merged into Code Green), and written quite a few blogs (many deal with state government issues) - but little progress in the 2 1/2 yrs.
I've noticed government employees outside the US will join, participate some, and then eventually drop off. I suspect this is true for the US non-federal workers, except they for whatever reason seem to participate less than the non-US government employees.
It would be interesting to know that of the ACTIVE GovLoop members, how many of them are in DC vs. everywhere else?
June 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm #132626
Jack - Well welcom to GovLoop! Your definately right about LinkedIn...I will probably begin focusing more on them (just not as appealing a format as GovLoop 🙂
June 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm #132624
Sadly no. Tried creating twitter and facebook page for Red Cross blood drive. Someone above the director called. I had to shut it down Right Then!!! This was a municipal gov.
June 11, 2011 at 12:01 am #132622
We set up MuniGov as an online network/group that focuses on local govt. Originally it grew out of a group that met (and still does) in a virtual world, but now we have a presence on most social media sites. That way anyone interested in government can get involved and network through the platform on which they feel most comfortable.
So far our group is here on GovLoop, and also on LinkedIn, it has a Google Group, a Twitter feed, a Google sites webpage, a blog (using Buddypress), a wiki, and a 3D immersive space of our own called GovGrid. Not everyone wants to engage on all of these platforms so by having several of us manage different sites, we're able to offer the network wherever someone might feel most comfortable. There's also a different level of engagement on each. And each offers those of us working for govt the ability to experience and explore its use for different purposes. Most actual networking seems to take place either here or on LinkedIn as more of us join MuniGov over there.
Another aspect of Munigov is that we also try to set project goals for ourselves to offer examples of how local govt can leverage new media. You can participate as an observer, in a discussion, or as a leader of one aspect of a project or as a manager of one of the sites above. We are also very open to new project ideas! Hope you decide to join us on one of the other channels!
June 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm #132620
Carol A. SpencerParticipant
They're networking at NAGW.org, the National Association of Government Webmasters. NAGW is a 501(c)(6) specifically created to support local and state government web professsionals.
NAGW is run by an all volunteer board of local government web professionals. We have an active listserv with over 700 local and state government employees. While listserv participation requires membership, membership is a modest $75 annually. Along with the listserv, members have free access to our monthly webinars. Members also have access to a resource library (think code, policies, guides and more) and all past webinars.
State & locals can visit us at NAGW.org, Twitter.com/NAGW, Facebook.com/NAGW.org. We're on LinkedIn and we have a NAGW group here on GovLoop.
Our National Conference will be in Cincinnati, September 14 - 16. We have a great lineup, headed by keynote speakers Jeffrey Zeldman, Kristina Halvorson, Joe Rotella, and returning guest speaker Molly Holzschlag. There will be four pre-conference sessions: I'm teaching a four hour session on automating the public information process. There will be session on open-source apps, Drupal, PHP, designing mobile apps and securing your web server. Twenty 90-minute regular sessions run the gamut of topics.
Check it out and join us at http://nagw.org/.
June 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm #132618
Hey Tricia - this is something I hear a lot about and honestly would love feedback.
Actually about 1/3 of GL members are state/local and if you check out online trainings the attendees are 1/3-1/2 state/local. And at our GovUps its about 1/2 state/local.
So we do have a critical mass of S/L folks here but somehow the site feels really federal for folks here. (I can take blame as originally was a fed)
Any suggestions on how to make it feel more welcome to S/L? More useful to S/L?
Perhaps a few more S/L bloggers (anyone interested)? Separate section? Anyone want to be our S/L champion?
And as mentioned - ICMA.org/KN is good, NAGW, and MuniGov as well. We are also starting to partner more w/ GovTech in the next month to get more S/L conversations going here.
June 13, 2011 at 7:07 am #132616
I am sure that this is not in direct response to the question raised but it did raise some thoughts as regarding certain aspects of what we are doing here. So we have the raw numbers of people and we have a number of outlets, some with multiple avenues but some how we still can't reach a tipping point (reading Malcolm Gladwell right now) in creating a sticky enough of a mass to create enough attraction that people don't have to go looking for it. They just naturally gravitate towards it. I think that is actually a good thing. Commonality can be a the social glue for beginning a group but to bring about change it can't be the only defining characteristic. Would it make sense to have a separate online State and Local Gov organization, I doubt it.
We should be searching out and maintaining weak links to a number of networking groups, taking what is useful but not seeing any of them as a one size fits all networking solution, especially not for 8.3 million. We should also be doing more group network cross-fertilization outside of our government roles in other networks. (I am on a roll with ideas from the Tipping Point here)
June 13, 2011 at 11:27 am #132614
Tricia - Welcome to the world of community management! It's not easy to get people with common interests to connect and help each other and we're working hard to bring together state and local folks...as well as Feds. And I think what's rare about most social networks is to have so many dedicated people working to help you out. 🙂 With that in mind, I have a few thoughts:
1 - Content (Blogs and Forums): We've worked hard to bring content and authors that are relevant to local government. For instance, we recruited Spencer Sterns to write this excellent series on change management which used all local examples...and we asked Dustin Haisler to start a series on innovation. Wendi Brick's blogs on customer service are drawn from her local experience as well. And, of course, there's you and Pam and many others!
2 - Connecting (Members): As Steve said, there are thousands of people at the state and local level who call GovLoop home. Tell me who you want to meet and I can likely find 5-10 people immediately where you can reach out and start collaborating....and I'd love to do it! Nothing makes me happier than knowing I've forged a new relationship that can help you on the job.
3 - Collaborating (Groups): Every day, we strive to share relevant links in groups. I know that Local Governments and MuniGov 2.0 are frequent places where I will share links about state and local government.
4 - RSS Feeds: Don't want to miss anything state or local government on GovLoop? We tag both blogs and forums on GovLoop so that you can find relevant information quickly. If you'd like, I can show you how to set up an RSS feed so that you can immediately get the kind of content that's important to you.
5 - Monday Newsletters: Every Monday, we dedicate most of the content in the Daily Awesome to state and local government as well as citizen engagement. In fact, I am editing it right now and seeing some interesting posts and forums from the past week - from Naperville's document management process to Kent's (UK) API to engaging Hispanic populations. Be sure to pay particular attention on Mondays! 🙂
So those are five ways that I know we're striving to create a community for state and local...and I'm wide open to suggestions for making GovLoop even more responsive to your needs. As Brian said, we have critical mass here when it comes to state and local...and it's up for all of us to figure out together how to empower and energize that group of people!
June 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm #132612
Tricia, I've been wondering the same thing!
Honestly, I think a lot of state and local employees just don't know about govloop (yet). I only learned about it because Steve Ressler, the founder and CEO, came to the Maxwell School to tell us about the site. As a public administration graduate student planning to work in local government, I've learned over the past year just how important collaboration and idea sharing can be. Why re-invent the wheel when you don't have to? Local governments share a lot of common problems, and I know that they could all benefit from communicating on a site like govloop.
I think it's important for those of us who recognize govloop's potential benefits to S&L employees to spread the word! The more state and local folks we get on here, the better it will be, which will attract even more people to the site.
June 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm #132610
Kacie - it's a strange thing though. When you look at the GovUps that GovLoop does, a lot of state and local folks seem to attend (I'm basing this on photos, disscussions, info. here on GovLoop). For whatever reason though, they either don't create a GovLoop account, or if they do, they sign up after attending the event and that seems to be about it.
I know that I've spread the word, but it seems only a few every look into GovLoop, and even fewer get and stay involved after joining.
June 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm #132608
Steve- It's bewildering to me... when I look up the GovUp events it does seems like a lot of state and local folks. I can't figure out why these folks don't actually log in and participate. In fact, recently it seems as though less folks (state/local OR Federal) are really utilizing the groups. I'm basing this on me usually receiving emails to notify me of someone posting to the group (and I get far less of these the past few months).
Off the cuff, my only thought is that perhaps when the main GovLoop page opens, one of the blogs that is featured with the photograph be related to a state or local government issue? I know that I've spread the word, and make it a point to follow up here on GovLoop to see if they join. Some do, most don't. The ones that do, for whatever reason don't remain active, or just create an account.
I'll definately think more on how to get them to join in and will shoot you an email with my brainstorming of ideas as they come to me and my schedule slows down some.
June 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm #132606
Pam - Thanks so much for your response! I will definately be checking these out. Good information. Just followed the twitter group! Thanks again
June 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm #132604
Keep trying! I do believe that with time, and some more specific state/local content on the site, the community will grow. It will be great if govloop creates a separate page within the site so it is easier to find content geared toward state/local. I'm in the process of coming up with some ideas of how we can increase participation, and I'm planning to start interviewing s/l employees to blog about on the site. If you ever want to chat about how we might engage more people on the site, let me know!
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