Open Government

“Cognitive Surplus” and Participation in Government

Some Rights Reserved by Web2Expo at Blip.tv Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, presented his idea of cognitive surplus a couple of years ago, but it seems especially relevant to the current push toward open government, most notably by the Obama Administration but also by public agencies at […]

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Ideas for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Ideas for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Image credit: fortunatas – Fotolia.com In response to the Open Government Directive, federal agencies have been meeting its many deadlines, though the quality of the results at this early stage has been uneven. Next is the April 7 deadline for publishing the Open Government Plans that will guide long-term implementation for each agency. A February […]

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Will Open Government Policies Build Trust for Effective Collaboration?

Will Open Government Policies Build Trust for Effective Collaboration?

The Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative may well be an historic step forward in meeting the goals of transparency, participation and collaboration. But the way these goals are being translated into practice – and evaluated – at least in this early phase, makes me wonder if the initiative will lead to greater accountability and trust […]

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Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Moving Fast, Going Slow: Implementing the Open Government Directive

Deadlines are fast approaching for federal agencies to complete the initial tasks under the Open Government Directive. Publishing new data sets, opening websites, completing longer-term Open Government Plans, and dozens of others. But notably missing is any deadline or deliverable addressing changes in agency cultures and processes. Yet every day those basic dimensions of government […]

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William Eggers: Transition to Gov 2.0

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 […]

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The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture - 2

The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture – 2

As a mediator, I have this annoying habit of taking all sides of an issue seriously. Further, as a colleague once put it to me, people in our line of work need to combine optimism about outcomes with cynicism about motives. So I thought I’d offer doses of both in looking at the brighter and […]

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