The many Voices of Gov 2.0

Republished from Silberberg Innovations.

Government 2.0.
Let that sit there for a second.
The term is widely credited with having been invented by William Eggers. If you do not know who he is, it may be because others would like you to think they came up with the term. Don’t let them fool you.

The Gov 2.0 World is Growing Fast. I have said that on many occasions and written it all over the place. One of the reasons it is growing so fast is that despite efforts to the contrary – there has been and continues to be more than one voice representing the Gov 2.0 Revolution. This is a vitally important and crucial aspect of the continued organic growth in this space. Collaboration and ideas flow together naturally. When an un-natural dam is placed in that flow, it merely diverts the flow, but does not stop it.

The past three years have been an exciting time for many, here in the United States and abroad. The voices in Government 2.0 abound. Below I have chosen to list just some of the ones that come to the top of my head and also ones you may never have heard of and are in no particular order. So in addition to the cast of the “usual suspects” we all know and read each day in the #gov20 stream on Twitter and elsewhere, I offer some others.

Dominic Campbell
Nick Charney
Craig Newmark
Luke Fretwell aka Govfresh
Seth Grimes
John F. Moore
Karine Barzilai-Nahon
Gwyn Kostin
Mike Kujawski
David Osimo
Lovisa Williams

Something to think about as the Gov 2.0 world heats up: The inclusion of voices; acceptance of different types of events, camps, conferences is a critical part to all of us growing this into not only an industry, but one where the freedom of ideas runs parallel with the hard nosed business tactics already being deployed.

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Gov 2.0 needs You 2.0

republished from Silberberg Innovations.

As a longtime proponent of the need to break down citizen engagement with our governments into simple to understand segments, I am thrilled by the recent conversations again about the importance of People and language. It is something the planners of Gov20LA 2010 took very seriously. The discussion around Government 2.0 – the revolutionary approach of applying working web applications to solve old time government problems. But really, it is about getting your “You 2.0” on. Engage. Roll up your sleeves. Fix the problems.

So in advance of the coming fall Gov 2.0 conferences, un-conferences, camps, uncamps, etc – I want to take it a step further. So you can now solve some basic problems with your local governments You can in many states now go online and handle the majority of your DMV related issues, as in this case in California.

What else has the Government 2.0 Revolution done for you? Or for a neighborhood near you?

Here are some examples:

These are just but a few of the many examples around the World of the Government 2.0 revolution taking root with engaged Citizens 2.0. Yes, there will be stumbling blocks. Yes, there are still those who would prefer to hide their heads in the sand and pretend this day was not coming. But, Gov 2.0 is here to stay. Now when are you getting your Citizen 2.0 on? Or even better, when are you getting “You 2.0” on?

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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