1) complete a strategic assessment of the OpenGov community, and
2) identify the collective and individual steps we can take to consciously help our community take a quantum leap forward.
Great OpenGov exchange at USDA. Here are some takeaways, links and Q's re: Next Steps
May 5, 2010 at 2:56 am #99954
Was great to see so many of you at the 4th Open Government Playbook event in DC last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the level of interaction among the agency and industry participants at this Workshop. The debate was focused and direct, with quality time on both issue definition and solution framing. Perhaps best of all, the 'self-organizing' format allowed the group to set the agenda and the priorities, with attendees flowing to the conversation they felt most valuable.Hard to imagine a more relevant, content-focused format. Hat's off to Lucas for driving this. And thanks again to Beth Noveck from the White House, for coming out to share her thoughts.I hope you've been to the PB wiki page to see the OGPB4 notes that Maxine, Lucas and I have posted. You can find those notes here with ideas for future sessions here.I've also posted a write-up here to let you know what you missed at USDA.We're already getting organized around 5th Playbook Workshop, which I believe is now confirmed for Treasury/U.S. MINT on MONDAY 5/24. Watch the PB wiki and this GovLoop Group (here) for updates.Meantime, let's keep the brainstorm going. Here are some questions, which you may see on Twitter, under our favorite hashtags #OpenGov #Gov20 #OGD and #OGPBQ1. With agency OG Plans drafted, do you sense progress and/or momentum?Q2. What are the biggest gaps to achieve sustainable OG solutions?Q3. How might we close OG sustainability gaps?Q4. How can we continue to grow OG community & workshop engagement?Feel free to answer here on GovLoop or on Twitter. Or post your own questions. Best way to start a conversation is to ask a question. Just don't forget to listen for the answers.See you at Treasury - !!Chris @SourcePOV
May 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm #99956
Q1. With agency OG Plans drafted, do you sense progress and/or momentum?
Progress and momentum, yes. Acceleration, very little.
Progress is being made on OG per the December 2009 OG schedule. Plans have been developed, published, and those plans are being executed. Given that momentum is defined as mass times velocity, there is some momentum, the key word being "some."
However, another factor is acceleration. Acceleration is defined as the rate of change of velocity. Are we seeing change, based on OG, accelerate within government? Acceleration precedes momentum so acceleration is a driver of momentum.
Communications, especially external-facing communications such as press releases, are a strong indicator of strategic changes in the public and private sectors. When external communications, especially from executives, stop referring to initiative "plans" and start referring to actions and outcomes resulting from / based on those initiatives, change is accelerating. When this starts happening, initiatives and the resulting changes are becoming institutionalized in the organizations processes and perhaps most importantly, in its cultural DNA. They become integral as a "way of doing business." From this perspective, OG appears to currently not have alot of acceleration.
A Google search of "open government" and one of OG's tenets, "transparency," and various Federal agency names yields search results where just about all agency-originated communications and/or press releases still refer to their OG plans or the Ideascale sites that were launched in early 2010 to solicit OG ideas. This was not an all-encompassing search so if there are communications that I missed that refer to actions and outcomes resulting from / based on those OG initiatives, please point those out.
Granted, OG plans are fairly new but there are and will be events, for better or worse, which provide opportunities for government to explicitly emphasize how it is integrating OG in its response. One notable and commendable action, in response to such an event, has been the White House's establishment of a web page to communicate The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill @ http://ht.ly/1HPeL.
Open Government will be an evolutionary change in the way government operates and how it engages with citizens, businesses, and other NGOs. Federal agency leaders should look at how they and their agencies are leveraging communications to show mission-based actions and outcomes based on / resulting from OG. While OG plans are important, OG should not be viewed as plan-based; it should be viewed as way of doing business. This POV will help accelerate OG and increase its momentum.
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