Posts Tagged ‘Citizen 2.0’

My fall schedule is quite busy, and I’m looking forward to meet many of my social media friends at several upcoming speaking engagements.

So you’ll know where to find me:

Citizen 2.0 Workshop – Sunday, Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m., Fairfield, CA – I’ll be leading a session on social media for progressive activists and campaign workers at the Solano County Democratic Party Headquarters;

NAGW National Conference – Sept. 21-22, St. Louis, MO – I’ll be leading a workshop and a regular conference session on social media for government;

CityCampSF – Oct. 16-17, San Francisco, CA – I’m an organizer of this unconference, and will be proposing sessions on social media, neighborhood beautification and mobile apps, and a public art location-based app check-in race;

Beyond 2010 – October 20-23, Edmonton, AB, Canada – I’ll be speaking in Edmonton on the 21st, on “Sci-fi, Digital Society and the Future of Governance,” holding a social media workshop for City of Edmonton’s IT branch, and meeting up with friends from Twitter and Empire Avenue;

How To: Podcasting – October 28, Oakland, CA – Joe Hackman and I are the guest speakers at Jonathan Fleming’s East Bay LocalPreneurs meetup, talking about our respective podcasts and sharing tips;

Gravity Summit – November 8-9, Irvine, CA – I’ll be keynoting the Social Media and Government event, talking about going to the next level with conversation and collaboration for governments and campaigns;

Keep up with me on Twitter, and I’ll be Plancasting these events as well. Hope to see you soon!

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Recapping a few events from this week …

Today I ducked into the second of a three-part “Lunch for Good” series, engaging offline about how to improve life online. The event by Lunch.com (CEO JR Johnson above left) put a bunch of Webheads together to discuss increasing critical thinking online.

I’m not a big events person, but I was around for the height of the dot-com boom, and I have to say that Web 2.0 has a much better feel. Without as much money sloshing around, there is a bit more purposefulness to this redux. Since my first intro to 2.0 in 2005, that feeling has only grown. Not the most critical thinking, I know. Maybe I’ll return to this later.

photo: (cc) Kenneth Yeung – www.thelettertwo.com

Last night, I sat on a “Politics 2.0″ panel in Sacramento (catch the Ustream video here, with the program starting at 1:04) with Facebook CPO and AG candidate Chris Kelly, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Yourpolitics.com CEO Duncan McFetridge, and Josh Franco of John Garamendi for Congress. I focused on how collaborative technologies and social media are shaking up broadcast media and traditional politics, but haven’t yet settled down enough for anyone to know quite what it all means. Or something like that.

And I was happy to hear that the Garamendi campaign really did feel the new media competition (I ran in the primary against Garamendi, the CA Lt. Governor, and got more new Twitter followers than votes out of the effort), at least according to Franco.

Monday night, along with new media enthusiast and Realtor Jonathan Fleming, I put on a second run of our “Citizen 2.0″ training, urging folks from the Tri-Valley Democratic Club to lead from the grassroots using social media technologies. If you’re interested in helping lead bottom-up change using Web 2.0 tools, feel free to use our slideshow and join the Facebook page.

The week’s happenings reinforced my view that Gov 2.0 democratic reforms in governance and politics are in their infancy. The Gov 2.0 movement is not well known, social media is still pretty scary to lots of great folks, and entrenched systems aren’t going to up and change because we want them to. However, there are also plenty of folks out there wired to share, and spreading the word.

~Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and host of Government 2.0 Radio.

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Citizen_20Much has been written on using the social tools of Web 2.0 to increase and enhance citizen participation. I want to remind you about a Facebook page and recent training on the subject. Join the movement!

Adriel Hampton is a journalist, Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant, and licensed private investigator. He is running for U.S. Congress in the 2009 special election for California’s 10th District.

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photo_031708_014One of the coolest things about the 2.0 culture is its viral nature. And that doesn’t just mean Facebook notes.

This Sunday, I saw two of my projects take on a life of their own in the hands of my great partners. How about you? How are you using your networks to give meaningful projects lives of their own?

Over in Dublin, the “Citizen 2.0” training project drew about 35 people, nearly all Boomers, to learn about new media tools for building community and business. These were folks out to learn the bare basics, and George Millington, Jonathan Fleming and the Around Dublin team gave them that and more. The training has already blossomed into requests for follow-ups, and a new Facebook group.

A second project taking on a life of its own is Gov 2.0 Radio, with a spectacular show Sunday led by Steve Lunceford, as he and Steve Ressler chatted with two of the brains behind TweetCongress and Heroes4Heroes.

So, what’s next?

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toon_steve2Guest Post by Steve Lunceford of Gov 2.0 Radio

Last summer The Sunlight Foundation launched a campaign to allow those in Congress to use Twitter as a tool to reach constituents. The campaign was successful but not all in Congress have caught on to the power of this new channel; that’s where TweetCongress comes in. Created by software developers at Squeejee , TweetCongress is a social advocacy site that encourages pols to tweet, and allows citizens to sign online petitions for their representatives to encourage their use of Twitter. The site has received tons of press and kudos, including winning a SXSW Award earlier this month.

On Sunday at 2 /5 p.m. ET, join me, founder of GovTwit, and Steve Ressler of GovLoop, to talk to the founders of TweetCongress on Gov 2.0 Radio. Adriel Hampton will join in from a live “Citizen 2.0″ training in Dublin, CA. We’ll also be catching up on the week in #Gov20, including Government 2.0 BarCamp .  If you can, tune in live, let us know if you plan to call in (message producer @meghan1018 and include last 4 digits of your phone), and tell us here what interests you.


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img_1889Of late, I’ve been having lots of chats with social media practitioners and would-be practitioners, as well as working with locals on activating our neighbors through “Citizen 2.0” trainings. I’ve also worked hard to connect with the Government 2.0 reform community through sites like LinkedIn, GovLoop and Twitter.

These conversations have led to me a simple vision for a social media-enabled local government outreach strategy. I’d love to know your thoughts, as we move from tools to best practices.

Smaller towns and cities are often characterized by a spirit of individuality, loose affiliations and wide variety of perspectives. In order to create a forum for community conversation and to improve media and stakeholder relationships, officials should consider using Web/Gov 2.0 tools to build trust, pride in work, inter-agency and public-private cooperation, and knowledge sharing.

I believe the best press and policymaker relations come from aggressive sharing of public information, pushing critical information to the fore through strategies such as social media and Web networking. Officials should deploy bleeding-edge and low-cost technical solutions informed by communication models for large and diverse populations such as the Federal Web Managers white paper series on engaging stakeholders through social media, the Air Force’s “Rules of Engagement” for blog interactions, and moderation guidelines from Change.gov (basically, “stay focused, be respectful, tell the truth, and no spam”).

With these practitioner guidelines in mind, the right outreach solution may be to implement a Ning-based online network for citizen stakeholders, based on successful networks such as GovLoop (approximately 7,000 members in local, state and federal government), and ExchangesConnect (8,000+ members working on cultural sharing with the U.S. State Department). Governments might highlight their efforts on these sites using videos and pictures of the public sector at work, and interviews with employees and community leaders and businesspeople.

Additionally, this type of open interaction with citizens allows people to inform and teach each other about civic engagement in an informal 24-7 setting, with minimal moderation and staff-time expenditure.

Onward and upward!

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img_18661I’ve very happy to announce that we’ve firmed up deets for the Tri-Valley’s first “Citizen 2.0″ training (East San Francisco Bay Area, CA), to be held at the end of March in Dublin.

This is very important to me, because the main reason I do this blog is to spread the word about how busy folks can use modern communications tools to take direct control of their democracy. Social media and 2.0 culture has the power to engage active citizens and businesspeople with their local community and government in ways not seen since the decay of small town life. This changes everything, from business development to governance.

I hope that you are promoting similar projects in your communities as well. Please tell us about them in the comments here!

This free training will target entry-level folks who don’t know a Twitter from a MySpace but may already be engaging their customers with newsletters, or their government with public comment. PR pro George Millington, Realtor and social media enthusiast Jonathan Fleming and I are taking on this project with support and help from two local bloggers who run Around Dublin, a pro bono effort to promote Dublin, CA businesses and engage citizens with their government. Around Dublin has several hundred daily readers, and we will be cross-promoting the event with flyers, Craiglist ads, word of mouth, and other traditional and “new” media. We also hope to get a local business or two to offer raffle prizes to get folks in the door, and we’re providing food, because what good event is complete without it?

So, what does a Citizen 2.0 training consist of? This is what we hope to convey in our two-hour program:

Participation in local government is important. It’s the only way to influence policies that may affect you, it keeps politicians accountable, and local government decisions and community effort are key to driving local business development.

Barriers to participation are significant. It’s hard to make the time to stay up on local government or to get motivated to get involved. If you have been involved, it can be discouraging to not see any change from your efforts, or you may simply feel like you have nothing to contribute.

One of the ways to break down the barriers is Citizen 2.0. This is a community member engaged through simple Web communication tools to know what’s going on in their City, with the means to quickly and easily add meaningful input. Citizen 2.0 is streamlined activism for modern life. It’s the blog I built to harness energy around modifying a local library project, and it is bringing people together around community and economic development in non-traditional ways.

Social media is the Web-tool enabled culture that drives Citizen 2.0. We’ll cover the culture of collaboration, transparency and immediacy of Web 2.0, and give an overview of blogging and an introduction to tools such as Facebook, Skype, Yelp, Twitter and Google Alerts. This demo will include how to “talk the talk” when it comes to getting started with these tools.

We’ll close with advice on how local citizens can make a difference using social tools to build community, advance issues, drive local business development, and participate in local policymaking. We’ll also pump the Around Dublin blog and its ongoing evolution. During a final Q&A, we’ll also be signing folks up for Twitter.

As you can tell, I’m very excited about this. I hope it’s interesting to you as well, and will spur continued creativity in community building in your neck of the woods.

Rock on!

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govloop-finalI’ve spent the majority of my networking energies over the past few months at GovLoop. Maybe you’ve not even heard of it yet.

The stats below who the significant efforts I’ve put into building connections and community at the site, the social network for Government 2.0 (recently updated as simply “social network for government”).

562 Friends
23 Groups Joined
10 Discussions Started
25 Blog posts
91 Photos
3 Videos
0 Events
280 Comments Made
152 My Comments
86 Forum Posts
95 Invites

Perhaps you take a look at this password-protected network with only 5,000 members (compared to 150 million for Facebook) and say, why, oh why, Adriel, are you wasting your time with this?

Here’s why.

I am not a Moose. I am not an Elk. I don’t belong to a fraternity, the Masons, or the Chamber of Commerce. I’m a twixer between generations X and Y, and I’ve got little kids who need me home at night. I serve on my condo board, and most of the little free time I have outside the home is spent working for my church.

If I want to network, I have to do it with quick e-mails, posts and text messages. I have to do it from my cell phone, on mass transit, on the run, and on the computer at home after the kids are in bed or during their weekend naps.

And yet, over the past few months, I’ve learned from folks in the trenches what is and is not working in making government better for the people, and I’m finding support for tough problems in reframing government communications in a changing media environment.

I’ve met the creme de la creme of the innovative leaders in local, state and federal government. I met them first through GovLoop, and have enhanced the relationships through Twitter, phone and video calls and collaboration on projects like the official GovLoop t-shirt (with group founder Steve Ressler).

New members of GovLoop include California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Don Jacobson, Consul General at the American Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, and Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media (ed 2/1/09: confirmed). Active group participants include Jeffrey Levy, Director of Web Communications and National Web Content Manager, EPA (who spends free time on Twitter and writing incredible white papers with the Federal Web Manager’s Council), who started his first blog on the site.

These are just a few of the super cool people working to bring the collaborative and transparent culture of Web 2.0 to government.

I’m with them. Are you?

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The intent of this blog is to increase the acceptance and practice of Web 2.0 concepts in governance. I believe in a basic libertarian ideal of self-determination, but also in a strong central government to provide security and a baseline standard of living and health. Underpinning my political philosophy is a raging populist spirit.

I want to see people engaged in their government, paying attention to and demanding response from their elected representatives. Web 2.0 tools and the rapidly decreasing costs of communication and connecting is engendering one of the greatest shifts in our democracy in a generation. Central to this revolution is the “Citizen 2.0″ (the term was recently used by my friend Andrea Baker in an opinion piece on social media and transparency in government, but still lacks a Wikipedia entry). The Citizen 2.0 is engaged with their government through media technologies that allow near instantaneous spread of news, and simple means to “crowdcast” a response to both officials and friends and neighbors. The Citizen 2.0 participates in their government from a position of knowledge and speed.

The tools of Web 2.0 will allow this revolution, but it is the job of we initiates to make this revolution work.

It is not enough for Web 2.0/Gov 2.0 enthusiasts to talk to each other and write in blogs and tech magazines. A good example of initiating the process in government is GovLoop.com, a social network for advancing 2.0 culture among local, state and federal employees. Government 2.0 will advance as these employees realize the incredible value of quick and cheap horizontal communication.

Commercial applications of 2.0 are also spreading quickly, due to the potential of the tech to make money by embedding products deeper into the collective consciousness and allowing brands and customers to interact on a more personal level.

The challenge I’m presently most cognizant of is spreading the Citizen 2.0 meme. This means taking the tools out of the chatterboxes and to the streets. It means teaching citizen activists how to engage their government with tools like Facebook campaigns, Twitter, niche social networks and blog campaigns. It means going from the activists to the everyday folks who find government inaccessible and hold to the fast-fading power of the adage, “Can’t fight City Hall.”

We can make government work for the people, and we must be willing to lead.

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