Saturday, September 5, 2009

What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to You?

Pay attention to a conversation that's been happening across GovLoop, YouTube, Govfresh.tv, and a handful of other sites. In his seminal book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky talks about the change from one-way to many-way communication that's coming in with social media. He makes the case that the impact of this global mushrooming of interactivity is similar in magnitude to the impact of movable type printing ca. 1439. The question on the table in September 2009 focuses not so much on the cool new tools themselves as it does their use to make government more responsive to citizens and vice versa. Use the Twitter hashtag #g2s to pull up commentary that was tweeted live during the Gov 2.0 Summit on Sept. 9-10, 2009. There is work in various stages of development at all levels of government, in numerous countries. Early results are promising.

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