Gov 2.0 Leadership and Visionary Moves

Well. Here we are.

As of May 24, 2010 – “You2Gov.com, You2Gov.org, You2Gov.net” are all now officially part of the History of the evolution of both the Internet and Government 2.0 The site is still up, and you will notice it up and down over next several weeks. It is not an identity crisis. It is not a retreat. It is a next step as one of the leading Gov 2.0 Companies in the United States.

Yes. It is true.

Being one of the pioneering and visionary Government 2.0 Websites in the United States and helping to unleash the Government 2.0 and Citizen 2.0 Movements is hard work. Along with being one of the principal private companies driving the innovative ideas now percolating through Capitols; State and Local, Federal and International, it is time for us to take a pause.  It is time to breathe.

We have worked tirelessly to build a citizen engagement platform. The Government loves us. The media loves us. But few people take the time to actually make use of these tools as of right now. After two years of providing cutting edge Government 2.0 capabilities – guess what happened? The Government 2.0 Community is growing. Fast. It is growing on Facebook, it is growing on Twitter, it is coming to a locality near you. But NOT necessarily as a platform. It may involve a real fabric of tools and applications; carefully woven together to increase transparency, open our governments to all of us, and stop organized corruption.

Instead of competing in a bloody red ocean over yet-to-be defined profit points – we have  decided to close the platform side of our business while focusing on other areas like further innovation and strategic consulting. Why? There is tremendous competition that is extremely well funded that is now just on the horizon, in those clouds over there. There is also amazing opportunity on the innovation, strategic consulting and multi-media aspects.

You2Gov is not going black.

Just our websites (sometimes) until the next generation of it/them appears.  That might seem counter-intuitive. But we are not focusing on this side of the Gov 2.0 equation anymore. We do have our sights focused on some other pieces that many are yet to be talking about. So instead of focusing our efforts on a platform that is now being replicated by many others in different forms, we will be addressing new areas of the Gov 2.0 and Gov 3.0 space.

Some of our highlights to now:

Being named to PC Magazine’s Best of 2008 List after only two months in existence.

Craig Newmark Taking an Interest in You2Gov’s Mission and following thru.

Rollout of Direct Democracy 3,0

Being Interviewed by Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris (several times, even with kids in tow!)

Creating the groundbreaking (and Taking Lots of Heat for it) GOV20LA

Executing on an incredible Gov20LA 2010. See all the  Long Form Videos Here.

Thanks to all who have in your own way helped to make this early part of You2Gov’s existence be such an exciting ride.

I especially want to note the following: Ralph J. Shapira, Lisa Cohen, Craig Newmark, Lewis Shepherd, Lovisa Williams, Bev Godwin, Naomi Caietti, Debra Bowen, Scott Johnson, my brother, my parents and everyone around us who support what the You2Gov platform is all about.

Sign up on the right over there —– subscribe to this blog, and learn about all of our next moves. Because – there is lots coming down the pike – and sometimes as progress and changes happen, so do unexpected movements. Innovation requires forward thinking and sometimes innovators make moves that are not clearly understood at the time, but reveal themselves as part and parcel of a larger process.

Alan W. Silberberg

Co-Founder, CEO, You2Gov, LLc.

Media Advisory, Government 2.0 Camp: Los Angeles, Feb 6-7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information: Alan W Silberberg, alan@you2gov.com, +1310-467-9687

FIRST WEST COAST GOV 2.0 CAMP INVITES NEW MEDIA PROFESSIONALS FROM AROUND GLOBE
Craig Newmark, Antonio Oftelie, Cory Ondrejka, Lewis Shepherd, Christine Lu, Brian Humphrey, and many others To Address Gov 2.0, New Media Leaders At Gov 2.0 Camp LA, “Gov20LA”

February 4, 2010—Los Angeles, California and Washington, DC–With the announcement of the Obama Administration’s recent Open Government Directive, government agencies are increasingly turning to Web 2.0 technologies to help achieve the Directive’s goals of creating a transparent, interactive government. Agencies at the every level of government are developing creative ways to harness the the Web’s ability to deliver information and services to citizens more effectively. And at the free Gov 2.0 Camp LA, held February 5-7, 2010, Gov 2.0 thought leaders will gather in Los Angeles to discuss ideas and innovative ways to make Gov 2.0 initiatives more accessible to the public.

IMPRESSIVE ROSTER OF SPEAKERS AND ATTENDEES
As the first West coast Government 2.0 un-camp, Gov 2.0 Camp LA is already attracting an impressive roster of speakers and attendees. Among other speakers, the camp will feature Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Antonio Oftelie from Harvard University’s Leadership for a Networked World program. Government and new media leaders from local, state, and federal agencies, including the State Department, the USDA, the USGS, and the Port of San Diego have already registered to take part in the discussions. Attendees from the United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries are slated to attend and will be able to provide a unique perspective based on their Gov 2.0 experiences in their own nations.

“The camp will give people the unique opportunity to network and connect with other people who are facing and overcoming similar Gov 2.0 challenges,” said Alan W Silberberg, CEO, You2Gov and organizer of Gov20LA. “It’s this kind of in-person, hands-on interaction that leads to great ideas being born and pioneering projects getting the kick start they need. And one of the outcomes of the Camp that we’re most excited about is the creation of a Government 2.0 Community Road Map and a language standard—we’ll be working on these collaboratively during the Camp with the idea that they can be shared among government agencies and the public, and will help us reach Gov 2.0 goals more quickly and easily.”

GOV 2.0 CAMP LA’S THREE-FOLD GOAL
The goal of Gov 2.0 Camp LA is three-fold:
• Make the transformation of government known as “Gov 2.0” more accessible to the general public by improving and standardizing the language we use.
• Expand the implementation of Gov 2.0 by sharing practical advice, developing best practices, and solving common problems.
• Develop relationships and collaborative projects that persist beyond the Camp.

HYBRID CAMP LETS ATTENDEES DETERMINE SESSIONS
Gov 2.0 Camp LA is different because the format of the camp is a hybrid of a traditional conference and a Barcamp style “un-conference”. Half of the camp sessions will be generated by the community and voted on. The remaining half will be identified by the Planning Committee.

ABOUT GOV 2.0 CAMP LA
At the West Coast’s first Government 2.0 un-conference, taking place February 5-7, 2010, attendees shape the agenda. The Camp will occur at 5405 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The camp will bring together social media professionals from local, state and federal government agencies, foreign governments, and representatives from the nonprofit, education, communications, media, and entertainment industries to discuss how to use social media technologies to make government more accessible and open to the public. Gold sponsors of the camp include Microsoft, You2Gov, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, Fiji Water, Internet E-Business, and BLANKSPACES. For more information, or to register for the conference, visit http://www.gov20la.org.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pywCjh7WoBo

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Craigslist Founder Blogs about You2Gov in several places!

Political Power to Real People

Political Power to Real People

Craigslist Founder Blogs For Voter Participation

http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/web2.0/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=211600257

“The Web 2.0 entrepreneur spoofs popular Spanish soap operas to get his message out.


Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has been urging people to vote and take political action through his blog lately.He recently made a cameo appearance on a mini-English-language telenovela that spoofs the traditional and popular Spanish soap operas and urges people to register to vote. In La Pasion De La Decision, he plays a municipal clerk visited by a couple confused about where to register to vote and where to get married. Newmark has also blogged to express support for local and state candidates in his home state of California and his native state, New Jersey.

Newmark also uses the blog to point readers to useful political Web sites and pass on information gleaned in conversations with politicians. Last week, he explained to readers that congressmen have complained to him about mass form letters from people who fail to identify themselves as constituents.He directs readers to You2Gov.org, which allows users to discuss political issues, find political news, and contact their representatives. The site allows writers to confirm their status as constituents by providing their name, mailing address, and ZIP code and share their views in their own words. It does not require authentication but it does prevent writers from overlooking details that tell elected representatives that the writer is someone who votes in their district and is therefore worth hearing out.

Newmark regularly appears at events designed to encourage political participation through technology. His blog postings aren’t limited to political topics. They also cover musings about Craigslist and apparently whatever is on Newmark’s mind when he sits down to write.”

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Craig Newmark also blogged about You2Gov on his own blog, www.cnewmark.com

and on the Huffington Post.com as well as The Hill.com

Thanks Craig! Everyone at You2Gov humbly says thanks!