John Moore started the topic The importance of culture change in open government in the forum Culture Change and Open Government 10 years, 3 months ago
Bill Brantley wrote a great overview of the group which notes that “The purpose of this group is to create an international community of practice devoted to discussing how to use cultural change to bring about open government and to use this site to plan and stage unconferences devoted to cultural change”. While Bill is absolutely correct it does not explain why we feel this is the most critical piece of open government as well as the piece that is most often overlooked by practioners, advocates, and others.
First, it is worth reviewing how I have defined open government. Simply put:
“Open government is a citizen-centric philosophy and strategy that believes the best results are usually driven by partnerships between citizens and government, at all levels. It is focused entirely on achieving goals through increased efficiency, better management, information transparency, and citizen engagement and most often leverages newer technologies to achieve the desired outcomes. This is bringing business approaches, business technologies, to government“.
Open Government is, to be accurate, a different approach to delivering services to citizens. It is not simply about technology, it is a new way of defining goals, of delivering and measuring results. It is a cultural change for your organization and requires new strategies, processes, and tools itself.
Okay….. If this is the case, lets just pick up a book at the bookstore and get started, surely the solutions exist already, right? In many cases I believe answers exist and we are simply unaware of them. In other cases conversations no work has been done and a committed group of explorers must find the answers, document them for others, and share repeatedly these answers.
Members of this group are expected to be these explorers. We will document our findings in this group and capture new documents centrally on Government in The Lab. If you are ready to begin a journey of transformation join in now.
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