GOV20LA Organizing Committee and More Information

Government 2.0 Camp: LA

Http:// – FREE to Individuals thanks to Sponsoring Companies.

You’ve been hearing rumors of some LA “Camp” thing. We are here to let you know that you don’t have to wait until Summer time for Camp! In order to get a dose of sunshine and inspiration Gov 2.0 Camp is moving out of the Beltway and off to sunny Los Angeles, CA. You may be asking, why take the Camp on the road, outside of the obvious reason of early Spring Break?

The first Government 2.0 Camp in Washington, DC was a great way to bring awareness to who is working on these issues and how to start working together. Now, that we know who’s who in the space, it is time to start including the rest of the community. That community is made up of people like you.

  • Government cannot hope to provide better services to our citizens, integrate social media and develop new ways of doing business without the help of the entire community.
  • When we talk about Government here, we aren’t just talking about the Federal Government.
  • We are talking Federal, State, local and international.
  • Yes, you heard right! This is all about contributing to finding better ways to make the world work.

It isn’t about one of us, but all of us as global citizens
What are we looking for? We’re looking for your ideas, your best practices and your creativity. We want you to bring your energy and enthusiasm for helping us figure out how we can modernize Government using social media. We are looking for ideas on:
• Continue implementing innovative solutions
• Leverage ideas and lessons learned from Non Profits, Education, other Governments, Non-Government Organizations and private companies
• Increase and support more women in technology
• Start the conversation across all levels of government and beyond
• Address the challenges of government – privacy, legal, records management, accessibility, copyright, creative commons, security and more!
• Provide insights in language use and how best to position transformational technology change.

Most importantly, we are looking for ways to help citizens better participate in Government. How can we empower them? How can we help their voices and opinions to be heard? How do we make Government and Government officials more accessible? How do we help people trust the job the Government is doing? We need your help to make this a reality!

Who Should Attend?
Any one who is interested in helping make governments better and who has an interest in social media.

Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2010

The location of the Camp is still TBD. We are working on procuring a location in West Los Angeles.

Why Attend?
This will be the first time we have gone out of our way to practice what we preach and see real world applications in actual use. Come to Los Angeles to get a fresh perspective and to explore new ways of doing business.

Structure of the Conference:
This will not be like any other conference you have ever attended. We will be utilizing a hybrid of the bar camp format, traditional conference structure thus taking community interaction to the next level.

The Planning Committee will provide sub themes for the Camp (some of which have been highlighted above). We will select some speakers and panel sessions to meet some objectives of those sub themes. There is plenty of room for you to propose your own sessions and ideas.

In order to ensure we develop the right discussion, we will conduct community voting on all community submitted proposals. Space will be limited and number of slots per sub theme will be announced before the end of voting. Expect voting to begin in January 2010!

Now What?
Register to attend the Camp here. Determine if you or your organization would like to sponsor the Camp. Think about ideas you have for a session or if you have a recommendation for a speaker(s).

Still Have Questions?

Contact us at or on Twitter at @Gov20_LA . Also, don’t forget to ask your friendly Planning Committee member any additional questions you may have! They are here to ensure we provide the best camp experience ever!

Gov20LA Planning Committee:
Alan W. Silberberg, Lovisa Williams, Steve Ressler, Erin Kotecki Vest, Adriel Hampton, Sarah Granger, Jim Gilliam, Andrew Lachman, Greg Ferenstein, Lucretia Pruitt, Andrea Baker, Rich Greenberg, Luke Fretwell, Michael Walsh, Martha Mclean, Justin Herman, Mona Nomura, Chris Heuer, Meagen Ryan, Wayne Moses Burke


What is Gov20LA All About?

What is Gov20LA all about anyways? Gov20LA is the name for the upcoming Government 2.0 Camp, Los Angeles, CA. February 5-7, 2010.

The Official Website was  Now: Full 2010 Gov20LA Videos: June 2010.

Attendance is free for individuals – Sponsors will be covering.

The tagline for this camp is “This Year We Talked, Next Year We Act.” There are lots of critics out there who have asked what this means?

Very simply put – There are many great ideas floating around the Government 2.0 scene. There are some companies who are the clear innovators, while there are many others still in the “scratching their head” phase and trying to comprehend this massive societal change. There are already some great examples of leadership from individual companies as well as Government agencies. But we are in the infantile stage of this, and the growth and scale has not yet hit.

How is this a massive societal change? I mean, are we not just talking about some technology and new uses thereof? Of course the answer to this question is both far more intricate and broad than the question itself.

In reality, Government 2.0 is not just a definition, nor a platform, nor just new technology. In order for these changes to be widely accepted and integrated; those of us driving the Government 2.0 space need to look at culture change within Government and the Contracting Process. We need to be looking at the critical role being played by the Government workers in bringing changes to their agencies. And we need to examine the multi-lateral efforts throughout society to force these changes.

Gov20LA is about bridging all the tremendous excitement that we have all seen this year in the Government 2.0 Space, in the E-Government space and the Participatory Politics Space…into the next phase of practical action. We are looking to build off the tremendous success of the Government 2.0 Camp in Washington, DC in March, and of the Government 2.0 Expo and Summit as well as other related conferences and meetings in 2009.

To this end we have invited a broad cross section of technologists, entrepreneurs, government workers as well as people involved in the marketing of Hollywood such as Film and TV writers and producers. We are looking to find common language and themes to help force this bridging between the old and the new, between closed ways of doing business in Government and open ways.

At the Open Government and Innovations Conference this year, there was a compelling “group understanding”. The old ways of doing business for the Government is changing rapidly. The young are in the position, perhaps for the first time, of mentoring and training their elders. We are seeing a literal ground shift, it is already happening.

So with Gov20LA, we are looking for your participation, your ideas, and your insights into taking the Government 2.0 space to the next level and getting a broader buy-in across Government and society as a whole.

Join us! Continue driving the #Gov20 Revolution!

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Alan W. Silberberg