Pew Research recently published a report stating that 1 in 5 adults do not use the internet. This is a striking statistic given how much emphasis is placed on technology, as the innovation for civic participation and public sector change, in the United States. What implications does this have going forward?
I continue to be struck by how the broad, original OGD has been distilled to the point it’s hard to distinguish between Gov 2.0 and Open Gov. Is there a difference anymore?
Don’t get me wrong. I think our strides in civic technology is awesome, I just don’t think it’s the whole picture and know we are behind the rest of the world in setting a more ambitious innovation agenda. I do have it on good authority that the White House, with Todd Parks at the helm, is going to set a much more comprehensive agenda for public sector innovation. Very happy to hear that news. We have a lot of very difficult work ahead of us.
How can we make the hard stuff as attractive, fun, sexy and cool as building more apps and websites? What are the many ways these new technologies can help us re-design organizational systems, encourage risk-taking, new and sustainable strategies of change? How can we help leaders take a chance with new ideas, “think differently” in this very challenging public environment?
I think we are playing it safe.
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