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Government by Collaboration

The spring 2010 issue of GSA’s Intergovernmental Solutions Newsletter explores some of the many ways technology is expanding opportunities for governments to collaborate on public-policy decision-making–and ways collaboration is increasing the range and power of technology to dramatically alter the accepted ways of doing business.

From the introductory article by Darlene Meskell, of the GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications…

The 21st Century society poses challenges of unprecedented complexity. No individual, department, agency, or government can single-handedly achieve results like ending climate change or reviving the global economy. Multi-organizational networks are needed to integrate communications, data and resources to effect transformational change.

Collaboration is not new in government, nor is using technology to collaborate. When citizen expectations are stimulated by new technology and enabling legislation, governments are compelled to find new ways to share knowledge and learn from each other, balancing different needs, interests and priorities. The Internet and incredible new technology enable the automation of public services, but government cannot deliver the level of performance demanded by the public without unprecedented cooperation among public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Featuring 22 contributions from key players in governments and other organizations around the world, this newsletter explores some of the many ways technology is expanding opportunities for governments to collaborate on public-policy decision-making–and ways collaboration is increasing the range and power of technology to dramatically alter the accepted ways of doing business.

Resource Link:  www.ncdd.org/files/rgpe/governmentbycollaboration2010.pdf

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