William D. Eggers introduced the term Government 2.0 in his 2005 book, and his research and writing continue to explore issues surrounding the adoption of new collaborative technologies. His broader interest is strengthening the ability of government to manage and implement complex public policy issues.
That’s the theme of his new book, If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government. It tells several stories of how government both succeeded and failed in major initiatives.
In this short video from GovFresh, Eggers emphasizes that the transition to government 2.0, and with it the transparency and collaboration promised by the Obama Open Government Initiative, depends not simply on using new technologies but more fundamentally on changing the thinking and imagination of government leaders.