Brazil Govcamp shows continued Gov 2.0 Global Growth

Brazil “BrasilGov2.0” Govcamp shows the Global Growth of Gov 2.0 and Open Government

Governments and the people they serve around the world are struggling to adapt to a new reality of real time information, demands for openness and transparency and more efficient service delivery. There is tremendous enthusiasm and interest in the utilization of social media, mobile and open data tools to remake the term “Government” as we know it.

Until recently, the majority of Government 2.0 initiatives were undertaken in places like the United States, Britain, Australia, Germany and Japan to name the leaders. The continued blossoming of this movement is taking hold in many other countries too like Brazil. Coming soon to Sao Paulo, Brazil is the next part of the dialog continuum.

Some recent examples of Open Government, and Gov 2.0 initiatives in Brazil:



my friend Michael Walsh had this to say about Plone use in Brazil in a recent blog on Govfresh.

More on Gov 2.0 in Brazil: This is an example of how the Government of Brazil is using Open Source software and solutions as an early adopter of the Open Government movement. So this makes Microsoft’s involvement even more inclusive and shows the depth to which this global company is looking outside itself as part of the effort to bring Government 2.0 and E-government to a reality around the world.

Government 2.0 requires the input, participation of many parties – obviously governments, also the big and small companies that service them, and of course the people. As a result there have been many conferences and “camps” that have sprung up to address the educational and collaborative needs of this emerging industry.

Microsoft is sponsoring Govcamp Brazil this coming June 8, 2011 with the idea of creating an open learning environment for anyone interested in Gov 2.0 in Brazil. While the event does require registration, it is open to all, whether Microsoft devotees or open source advocates. In fact, Microsoft is actively seeking the participation of as broad a group as possible to facilitate a collaborative dialog and create a new level of understanding. This represents a major part of Gov 2.0 – openness.

Rodrigo Becerra of Microsoft provided this insight:

“We believe that local communities have the passion, skills and insight to drive Gov 2.0 and OpenGov efforts on their own and we simply want to be able to provide a platform upon which they can dig deep into these issues. This is a space for creating connections to happen between citizens, organizations, groups and governments that may otherwise not exist. We have done them in Berlin, Mexico City, Colombia, Moscow, Russia, Toronto, Sydney, Wellington, Boston, Lisbon and will sponsor the Brazil event in the coming month. We specifically have local organizing committees run each event. We conduct them all in local language and invite social media, competitors and partners to revel in the discourse to help drive the progress of the Gov 2.0 movement.”

As the founder of Gov20LA in Los Angeles, California, I am thrilled to see how far and fast the Gov 2.0 movement is growing around the World. It is really encouraging to see this transformative change happening in places not often thought of for progressive thinking with regard to Government.

In full disclosure: I am an adviser to the Brazil Govcamp and am very excited to see what develops in this first ever Gov 2.0 Camp in Brazil.


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