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Proposal deadline for next Gov 2.0 Expo is Wednesday!

Thought a few of you might be interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop, panel, or quick 5-minute presentation at the 2010 Gov 2.0 Expo, which is taking place May 25 to 27 in Washington DC.  Wednesday (January 6th) is the deadline for submitting proposals. Learn more at www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010.

Here’s some additional info about the Expo:

Government 2.0 is transformative.

Government 2.0 involves changes in policy and revolutions in technology that fit together to improve government missions – and perhaps even invent new ones. Government 2.0 embodies the spirit of transparency, collaboration, participation, and innovation. It is about empowering government employees to serve citizens better and about opening up the government into a platform that enables citizens to better help their communities.

Such empowerment happens at all levels of government, from the White House to Cabinet-level agencies like the State Department, to components of Federal agencies like the Navy’s 5th Fleet that patrols the Persian Gulf, to State-level governors and representatives, to local governments innovating with cheap technology during a recession when their towns and cities are struggling.

Government 2.0 means many different things. It’s about working better together as a team, in an office, or in an agency. It’s about breaking down silos between groups that should be collaborating instead of competing or ignoring one another. It’s about touching citizens’ lives more closely, or delivering goods and services more efficiently, or promoting a “do it ourselves” attitude in the community.

Gov 2.0 Expo is about showcasing the people whose ideas and projects have taken them from problem to experiment to solution. It’s about showcasing the innovative companies whose technologies are helping to make this possible. And it’s also about showcasing the many political and technological challenges and difficulties in this process.

The topics are as varied as the people involved. Government 2.0 is an umbrella, with lawyers thinking about government intellectual property, citizen advocates worried about a digital divide, and security experts concerned about protecting our cyber assets. Meanwhile, geeks are thinking about diverse issues that include cloud computing services, open data platforms, and mobile social media.

These topics and more fit together into a coherent whole, but in these early days of Government 2.0, it’s difficult to see how. The primary goal of the Gov 2.0 Expo in May 2010 is to convene people to hear enlightening speakers, workshops, and panel discussions about these issues, and frame them in their own minds to figure out how Government 2.0 can best work for them.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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