What Does Government 2.0 Mean to Me?

Because Booz Allen is a Diamond Sponsor of next week’s Gov 2.0 Summit, and I’m on the Program Committee for the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase, I have been incredibly busy trying to pull together presentations, talking points, attendee lists, and other logistics for next week.  However, I did take some time to participate in Tim O’Reilly’s “What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to You?” initiative in advance of the Summit next week.  For me, Government 2.0 isn’t about the tools, but what those tools enable – it’s about more than just creating a blog and engaging in dialogue with the public, it’s about more than just creating a wiki that’s open to multiple government agencies, and it’s about more than just making data accessible to the public.  Gov 2.0 is about what you do after that.  It’s about updating policies because of the conversations you had on the blog, it’s about using a wiki to deliver better intelligence analysis to our country’s decision makers, and it’s about opening up government data to crowdsource IT development, saving money increasing innovation.

There are tons of GREAT initiatives out there, initiatives that we’ll learn more about next week, but in many cases, these initiatives are just laying the foundation for government innovation. Think about it.  Next week, we will hear about lots of exciting Gov 2.0 initiatives taking place at the federal, state, and local levels. But, we’re also going to hear lots of stories about social media bans, offices still using IE 6, and information silos.  Remember that Government 2.0 isn’t just about getting on Twitter or building a wiki – those are just first steps.  It’s about using these tools to create a government that’s truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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  • claudiap

    It’s also about moving away from punitive, fear-based bureaucratic structures, no?

  • claudiap

    It’s also about moving away from punitive, fear-based bureaucratic structures, no?

  • I think it’s about transforming how government operates on many levels, including eliminating the bureaucratic red tape. I just wanted to state what I felt was the most important part of Gov 2.0 – there are a bunch of different perspectives from other people over on the Gov 2.0 Summit site (http://www.gov2summit.com/gov2009/public/content/gov2-video).

  • I think it’s about transforming how government operates on many levels, including eliminating the bureaucratic red tape. I just wanted to state what I felt was the most important part of Gov 2.0 – there are a bunch of different perspectives from other people over on the Gov 2.0 Summit site (http://www.gov2summit.com/gov2009/public/content/gov2-video).

  • claudiap

    Certainly don’t disagree. But. My partner works in human services; am appalled at what I see at ground level. For example, someone will come in and deliver a talk on getting rid of fear-based systems based on writing people up and reporting and instead go to best-practices, such as doing better casework out in the field. When you do that, the admin reports will come in line. So then the mgr says, “I agree, these reports are the best practices that will lead to better casework!” They just can’t see…can’t break out of the mindset, red tape or not. They THINK in terms of hierarchies, numbers, accountability, punitive systems. They BELIEVE people are motivated by the fear of getting in trouble (whereas most people in fields like this are actually motivated by constructive relationships).

    #e20 is far enough away. #gov20–will it ever happen? Old order is so entrenched, brainwashes new order. Good people with spine and soul just leave, except for a few. No critical mass for change.

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    Certainly don’t disagree. But. My partner works in human services; am appalled at what I see at ground level. For example, someone will come in and deliver a talk on getting rid of fear-based systems based on writing people up and reporting and instead go to best-practices, such as doing better casework out in the field. When you do that, the admin reports will come in line. So then the mgr says, “I agree, these reports are the best practices that will lead to better casework!” They just can’t see…can’t break out of the mindset, red tape or not. They THINK in terms of hierarchies, numbers, accountability, punitive systems. They BELIEVE people are motivated by the fear of getting in trouble (whereas most people in fields like this are actually motivated by constructive relationships).

    #e20 is far enough away. #gov20–will it ever happen? Old order is so entrenched, brainwashes new order. Good people with spine and soul just leave, except for a few. No critical mass for change.

  • Definitely see and understand your point – not all that uncommon from what I’ve seen either. But, I disagree with you that there’s no critical mass for change. Change is taking place before our very eyes – look at all of the Gov 2.0 events that have been taking place and the sheer number of people involved with this movement. There’s always going to be an old order who doesn’t want to change, but luckily for us, there’s a new order moving up the ranks who are taking positions of power who believe in these principles – look at Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra, Casey Coleman – the list goes on and on. We have a critical mass and we are changing – it will just take time to shift the battleship.

  • Definitely see and understand your point – not all that uncommon from what I’ve seen either. But, I disagree with you that there’s no critical mass for change. Change is taking place before our very eyes – look at all of the Gov 2.0 events that have been taking place and the sheer number of people involved with this movement. There’s always going to be an old order who doesn’t want to change, but luckily for us, there’s a new order moving up the ranks who are taking positions of power who believe in these principles – look at Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra, Casey Coleman – the list goes on and on. We have a critical mass and we are changing – it will just take time to shift the battleship.

  • claudiap

    Man, I sure hope so! But I don’t see it really shifting in the enterprise, either. A lot of lip service, a lot of talk ABOUT it. Much more social media and the like. But not really much movement away from titles, hierarchies, CYA, chains of command.

    But perhaps you’re right, and the change is happening beneath us and we will wake up facing a new horizon tomorrow.

  • claudiap

    Man, I sure hope so! But I don’t see it really shifting in the enterprise, either. A lot of lip service, a lot of talk ABOUT it. Much more social media and the like. But not really much movement away from titles, hierarchies, CYA, chains of command.

    But perhaps you’re right, and the change is happening beneath us and we will wake up facing a new horizon tomorrow.

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