Want to Advance Gov 2.0? Your Input Needed. Plz RT.

28 Jan
Just like politics, all governance is local. And, as the Gov 2.0 movement grows from infancy to toddling around the country, we’re seeing key concepts of openness, collaboration and tech-fueled government innovation and transformation make their way further into municipal and state agencies. Last weekend, Chicago hosted CityCamp, and coming Feb. 6, the west coast kicks off its first major Gov 2.0 conference, Gov 2.0 LA.
If you’re interested in the future of Gov 2.0 there’s something you can do right now to shape its road map: take this 15-30 minute survey designed by Antonio Oftelie of the Leadership for a Networked Word program at Harvard Kennedy School.
At Gov 2.0 LA, we’ll be working with this survey, our speakers, and workshop participants to create a framework for tackling the near future of the Gov 2.0 movement, particularly online services, enterprise collaboration, and community collaboration. Is evolutionary change in government enough, or, like the radical shift shaking up the newsgathering industry, does the disintermediation of a networked society call for a full-scale re-creation of governance structures? Big questions, so sharpen your mouse pointer, and help us out by completing the Harvard survey.
Now, a little more about the Gov 2.0 LA event:
You can register (free, thanks to sponsors and lots of volunteer work) and check out the camp themes here. If you’re coming, take a few minutes and vote for your favorite sessions – I did it last night, and there’s some great content from great speakers to choose from. The camp will be announcing winning submissions, as well as keynotes and themed sessions, next week.
Logistics such as location, hotel and transportation are here. If you plan on attending an opening reception Friday night, Feb. 5, RSVP by e-mailing register@gov20la.org.
If you want an early look at speakers, check out this Twitter List. And network with speakers and other attendees with this List.
Along with sessions all day Saturday and early Sunday, attendees have extended invites to great pre- and post-session activities. Tracy Lee is putting on the “Gov 2.0 La Dishcrawl,” a Saturday night tour of four dishes at four restaurants. If you can make it down early on Friday, Ted Nguyen of the Orange County Transportation Authority has invited social media practitioners to the Southern California Transit Forum.
Please share your thoughts, inputs and related events here in the comments and on Twitter using the hashtag #gov20la. I’ll see you in LA!
Oh, and don’t forget to complete the Harvard Gov 2.0 survey. Thanks!

~ Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant, host of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast, and a Gov 2.0 LA organizing committee member. Follow him on Twitter @adrielhampton.

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