I've always been a humongous Todd Park fan.
I first met him briefly about 4 years ago when he spoke at a Gov 2.0 Expo dinner where, without a microphone, he got a crowd of 50 people enchanted in his vision for government innovation. It's not every day you see someone with so much passion and energy for public service. And he's a perfect fit as the White House Chief Technology Officer.
Fast forward 4 years later and Todd Park is keynoting at our Next Generation of Government Training Summit. He is arguably the best speaker and, in addition to his energy, I love his practical tips like "find the 2 people who have already had your idea" or "ask at any meeting who are the top 2 smartest people they know." You can watch his talk below:
That's why last Friday I was honored to spend time with Todd Park and his staff, talking about the power of collaboration within government. It was music to my ears as he discussed how much power government had within its own agencies and employees. He talked about the need to improve the sharing of best practices, ideas, and connecting the innovators.
I told him that's what I've spent the last few years of my life dedicated to achieving with GovLoop -- and that's what we do every day. We focus on being a knowledge network for government - from our blogs/discussions to guides/online trainings to mentor programs - our goal is to help government innovators connect and learn how to do their jobs better.
Todd got super excited and said "Let's join GovLoop right now!" He got on his computer, joined GovLoop, and was cruising around on the site. Honestly this was one of my overall highlights to be in the Old Einsenhower building with GovLoop.com on his computer screen going through the joining process.
So I'm honored that Todd joined our community here - make sure to friend Todd on GovLoop (and the rest of OSTP team including Seth, Arianne) and let him know how you and GovLoop are making government more awesome!