Just a few today:
Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the latest at Gov 2.0 Radio. We’re still a by-the-seat-of-the-pants operation, but our guests and great co-hosts more than make up for my scant production skills. I also want to take this opportunity to thanks all of our listeners, especially the folks who tweet about the show and join the live chats during each episode. You enrich the show for everyone. Thank you!
There are several ways for you to listen to the show:
Live on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET (tonight we’re hosting Dr. John Ohab from the DoD’s Armed with Science);
At the BlogTalkRadio Gov 2.0 show page, where you can also grab RSS feeds, episode widgets and more;
At GovLoop, on the podcasts page, where you can also listen to Dustin Haisler and Pam Broviak’s Gov 101 Radio; and
You can always find the latest from Gov 2.0 Radio on our Twitter feed.
We’re a media sponsor for the Gov 2.0 Expo, which has brought us special guests this past week. Here’s a quick look at a few recent shows from our packed schedule:
Making a Social Media Splash – on our regular Sunday show, a conversation with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Amy Sinclair about how the agency uses Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more to engage, educate and respond to the public;
Gov as Platform is Here to Stay – more than a year after having Tim O’Reilly on the show to talk about his DC Gov 2.0 conferences, we host Laurel Ruma, O’Reilly Media’s Gov 2.0 evangelist, and Alex Howard, the new O’Reilly Gov 2.0 correspondent, to discuss the movement’s growth;
The Pentagon and Public Engagement – Department of Defense advisor Price Floyd, a keynote speaker at the Gov 2.0 Expo, discusses the promise and challenges of social media for the military.
Again, thank you!
Thanks to new members and four stalwarts who completed the challenge, GovLoop donated $1,789 to Adventure for the Cure, a charity startup (also a cycling team!) created by two Gen Y govies that funds diabetes camps for kids in U.S. and Kenya. GovLoop members are also raising money for developing country entrepreneurs through our own Kiva lending team.
If your a government employee or contractor and haven’t yet joined GovLoop, hopefully 2010 will be your year. The community is also discussing opening up the site more to non-members, making it easier to share great news and share best practices from inside local, state and federal government. ~ Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco and host of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast. Follow him on Twitter @adrielhampton.
This evening I was reminded about a point Canadian govie Nick Charney made in a recent chat – tools like Twitter are fantastic for connecting those in government (or anywhere, really) who are “wired to share.” That resonates with my strong opinion that “Government 2.0” is about a culture, not any particular set of tools. Whenever folks start wanting to can the term, which is indeed becoming a bit played, I simply think “democracy.”
Also this week, I was hearing a lot about SharePoint, the enterprise social network Microsoft sells to government agencies. One of the passing comments I noticed was an argument that Twitter and Facebook and the like will never be fully applicable to government (again, extend this argument to anywhere) because critical information isn’t protected.
Now, most of my readers know that I’m a big fan of GovLoop, the Ning-based social network focused for government employees. The reason I like GovLoop is is does exactly what a locked-down enterprise network doesn’t – it cuts through silos to get folks from all different agencies and levels of government talking with each other. Twitter functions in quite the same way.
So here’s the issue – the problem IS NOT security. The problem is that there aren’t really that many people whose default mode is sharing. Social media is radically changing things by allowing us to connect and share, but we’re still a minority in a very large, very hierarchical, command and control structure.
So, I say we ought to drop all the “midlife crisis” talk. We’re vastly outnumbered, the movement’s popularity right now is accepted as a “fad,” and if we buy into that, the momentum for reform is lost. This is a long, hard battle – one of those generational struggles.
Will we rise with collaboration, trust and openness, or will we be swallowed in a Sargasso Sea of bureaucracy or jump over to the private sector?
~Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and host of Government 2.0 Radio.
Exciting news for GovLoop and the Gov 2.0 community this week, as GovLoop (“the Facebook for government”) has hired GenerationShift blogger and government reform training expert Andrew Kryzmarzick as a full-time community manager. Andrew is an early and vibrant member of the collaborative government community and specializes in two of the most important trends that will shape public service over the next decades: generational change in the workplace, and telework.
There’ll be plenty of information today at GovLoop regarding this development, and you can also check out reports by Mark Drapeau and Federal News Radio. Most importantly to the GovLoop community are some of the key charges that Andrew will lead up: increasing collaboration among current members; outreaching to potential new members; turning disparate conversations into actionable solutions; and increasing the problem-solving power of the network.
GovLoop is most valuable as a knowledge network, multiplying the reach and impact of each individual member’s contributions. The problem of keeping conversations in that network fluid but on point, folding complementary conversations into common threads is significant. It’s a problem that Andrew is certainly suited for solving, and I look forward to his leadership in providing technical and human solutions.
Andrew Kryzmarzick has been a guest and guest host on Gov 2.0 Radio. You can listen to Andy on public sector Web 2.0 trends, and on improving conference learning. Also, check out the show on GovLoop’s recent partnership with GovDelivery.
~Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and host of Government 2.0 Radio.
If you follow Gov 2.0 news – as many of this blog’s regulars certainly do, it’s likely you’ve already heard about GovLoop joining GovDelivery: the thriving collaboration network for government employees is now a unit of the fast-growing government-to-citizen communications provider. Practically, what it means is that GovLoop founder Steve Ressler is leaving his federal IT job to manage GovLoop full time, with added resources from the team at Scott Burns‘ GovDelivery.
I’ve know Steve Ressler and GovLoop since last summer, when I joined Steve’s network when it had just over 900 members. It’s now closing on 20,000 members and has become a key network connecting government employees from local, state and federal agencies, along with the contractors and thought leaders who work with them. It’s no stretch to say that the young GovLoop network is one of the most powerful engines driving government reform today.
Connections through GovLoop helped me launch the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast, where Steve is a co-host. GovLoop and Steve introduced me to Scott Burns and GovDelivery, and Scott was recently a guest on the podcast. GovDelivery is a major behind-the-scenes player in connecting citizens with government information and services, and values Ressler for his pioneering work in connecting government innovators and lineworkers to share best practices in our fast-changing world.
There will be plenty of coverage of todays news, so I’ll cut to my personal point. I am tremendously happy for Steve as he sees his vision of connecting and growing the best of public service turn from a labor of love to a full-time job.
Steve has always embraced the community as more important than the technology, and its gratifying to see that attitude pay off in allowing him to pursue community full time. Growing GovLoop will continue to require tremendous commitment from the thousands of active participants who write blogs, share events and brainstorm through its hundreds of groups. I’m excited about growing GovLoop, and I hope you are, too.
Join Gov 2.0 Radio on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PST/9 EST as we discuss GovLoop’s future with Steve and Scott.
Past blog posts about GovLoop:
Less than a year into its existence, Steve Ressler’s GovLoop has blasted past the 10,000 member mark, uniting federal, state and local government employees across the nation and the world.
I run out of fingers counting the great ways that GovLoop has helped my career since I joined up last summer just before the 1,000 mark. So I wanted to ask, how has GovLoop helped you?
GovLoop has cut through traditional barriers between agencies, career and political employees, civil servants and contractors, and has fostered incredibly valuable cross-agency collaboration. For example, my agency, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, was able to borrow lessons learned by Massachusetts to quickly launch an official Twitter presence. I have also been able to meet and speak with other local, state and federal officials to discuss best practices in social media outreach and internal policymaking.
Ressler, who co-hosts Gov 2.0 Radio with me, created this network using Ning and literally his own pocket money. It is a great and powerful testimony to the amazing productivity unleashed through new zero-cost communications and a progressive outlook towards government reform.
I want to personally thank Steve for his leadership, and ask again, how has GovLoop helped you?
Joining us for a post-Easter Sunday edition of Gov 2.0 Radio on Monday night (8/11 eastern) are two awesome women making social media and e-governance happen out in the big wide world offline. I’ll be hosting with Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and Steve Ressler of GovLoop.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Liz Rosas, e-Gov program manager for the County of Santa Clara, at the O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Liz is also a member of the Federal Web Managers Social Media Subcouncil (and we’ll forgive her unfortunate school of choice, Stanford). She’ll join us from her home in the San Francisco East Bay.
Andrea Baker is a Renaissance woman, geek grrl and director of Enterprise 2.0 for Beltway-based Navstar Inc. She’s also a Gov 2.0 junkie and has worked with the federal government since 1994. Andrea joined us briefly from South by Southwest last month for our Gov 2.0 Radio demo show, and she’ll be back talking about internal solutions for agencies looking at Web 2.0.
“With all the open source solutions as cost effective productivity tools.buzz about using tools that make government more transparent, we must not forget how Enterprise 2.0 solutions for business are increasing in successful case studies,” Andrea said. “It’s not about doing something new for the sake of new, but its about considering
“The tools are also social in nature and as the business community adopts them, old ways of doing business are replaced. The infusion of new business practices increases the transparency of work accomplished.”
Guest 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.
Progressive activists have been working for years to change how politics is funded and how government responds to everyday people.
Over the past several months, I have been tremendously inspired by “just folks” working on the inside of government to transform its culture and technology. One of those people is my friend Steve Ressler, who founded a network of government employees, contractors and interested outsiders on $50 and a vision. That network is now an idea machine giving hope for true change to thousands of government worker bees.
Today, I was able to host a great radio show with Ressler and BearingPoint communications director Steve Lunceford in conversation with Tim O’Reilly, one of the top minds in tech, and Sally Lieber, a fabulous progressive Democrat from Silicon Valley who’s working to wrap her mind around the Government 2.0 revolution. Also aboard for the show were Generation Shift blogger Andrew Krzmarzick and WELL alumnus Michael Russell.
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