Though I’ve been crazy busy over the past several weeks, it’s been a good busy. I’ve been networking with great social media and Gov 2.0 minds, and even having some of those folks seek me out after online interactions. One thing I’ve learned that is constantly being reinforced is that “there is nothing new under the sun.”
As much as we like to think Web 2.0 is a real “new,” or that inter-linking citizens with the government is radical change, there are plenty of folks who have been working on these issues of mass collaboration for decades. One I met in person recently is Kim Patrick Kobza. Check out his Neighborhood America.
Sunday on Gov 2.0 Radio, we’ll be hosting a new acquaintance, Neil Patil, CMO at Overtone, in discussion with Gov 2.0/social media strategists Maxine Teller and Peter Corbett. Overtone provides listening and rapid response systems for social media and portals, parsing massive amounts of user feedback into actionable intelligence.
As Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 get their sea legs, they are going to have to start listening more and learning how to incorporate the radical direct democracy they are helping to enable. That will be at the core of our discussion on this Sunday’s podcast. Please join us, 2/5 p.m. EST.
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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.