Monday 14th March, 2011
5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Department of State is applying open government principles to move from an information hoarding environment to an information sharing culture. This panel will discuss the behavior change desired and the approach taken, which involves the use of social media, crowdsourcing and reverse mentorship initiatives as a method of culture change. The development of an information sharing culture in the Federal Government cannot be mandated. In an environment where “Need to Know” is the operating mindset, the challenge is changing minds.
Projects discussed include:
•Virtual Student Foreign Service: Allows students to work with foreign embassies to perform micro-tasking type functions.
•Communities@State: an initiative to enable people with common professional needs and interests to form self-managing online communities of practice
•Sounding Board: Crowdsourced method to share ideas with a Bureau or the Secretary
•Virtual Presence Post: Allows State Department engagement with communities where no physical diplomatic facilities exist.
•Civil Society 2.0: Cultivates citizen leaders and NGOs to take ownership of significant world problems.
•Diplopedia: Wiki-based online encyclopedia of foreign affairs information written by State Department employees.
Director of Innovation for the BBG. International Media, Technology, Design, Connections & Strategy: Making Things Happen to Change the World! Views my own. bio from Twitter
Work on #TechCamp for eDiplomacy at the State Dept. Co-founded CrisisCommons. #Gov20, #ICT4D, #Development, Also carves pumpkins. bio from Twitter
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