Christopher Whitaker replied to the topic How can we address Americans’ anger toward the government? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 8 years, 3 months ago
I would say no – but I’m also feeling particularly rebellious
1) I do think that we do a poor job of connecting the OpenGov movement with the fact that it’s membership is largely government workers themselves. One of the experiences that Chicago is having is the fact that for many years the former mayor was stingy with information. When Rahm took over and hired a superstar team to open the books, the team found that city workers WANTED to open the books. We need to make it known that the OpenGov movement is headed by Govies
OpenGov shines light on a lot of things and makes waste and ineffectiveness stand out like a sore thumb – which then gets fixed quickly. Which we as Govies LIKE
2) We need to make friends with journalists. Not the media – journalists. Take a look at the PANDA project.
http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/06/the-news-challenge-winning-panda-project-aims-to-make-research-easier-in-the-newsroom/ Seriously, follow this guy on Twitter @onyxfish & @pandaproject
These guys are going to use data to make journalism easier. Who should be the first ones to offer data? Govies. We need to make it as easy as possible for journalists to be able to connect the dots when some political candidates says the EPA destroys jobs the data that shows that the water’s one fire is readily available.
3) Keep doing what we’re doing as far as Gov20 – We already know what to do and we’re already doing it at a large level. It may be behind the scenes, but there IS a push to make things better/faster/smarter. I see no reason to slow it down
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