Megan Eskey [meganesque]
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
http://dad-memorial.blogspot.com. It is slow to load because I have used so much multimedia, but worth the wait. I blog about Open Government and legislative reform in general. I have focused primarily on the newly formed Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus (CABC) recently as I feel that this is perhaps the most significant Caucus in Congress today.
My post exposes weaknesses in the current system that protects victims of bullying in the schools, workplace and elder communities. The mission statement of the Caucus is very broad and could include other aspects such as domestic violence and child abuse, subjects I know less about. I will post new information on my log here at Whohub as it becomes available.
The mass appeal of mobile devices and social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, public events and public offices are "opening up" and becoming more interactive and engaging. On the other hand, people are becoming more robotic, less emotional and connected in an interpersonal/face-to-face way. Bullying is on the rise partially because cyberbullying makes it easy and impersonal.
In the United States, government departments and agencies are top heavy because of a broken system that protects renegade managers and officers at any cost. There are many bullies in government today, including the human resources and legal representatives. In many cases, the harassed employees are specialists who are hard to replace, whereas the managers and their reps are not. Identifying bullying supervisors, managers, officers and HR/legal reps is an important step towards streamlining and cutting costs as budgets are reduced across the board.
A key contributing factor to "mobbing" is that Deciding Officials for internal investigations in government are typically managers. I would like to see a shift towards "committee decision-making" for internal grievances and complaints, with representatives from OpenGov, Unions, Diversity Advisory Groups and other employee groups weighing into the final internal decisions.
Bullying is an international issue, with profound and far-reaching costs to human and civil rights; mental and physical health; and safety and productivity in the workplace, schools, and elder communities.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
I started blogging in 2009 primarily because of the release of the Open Government Memo by President Obama, but also because of some family issues that I wanted to share with a broader audience since I did not know how to resolve them alone. I initially viewed it as a forum for expressing my own challenges in the language of OpenGov, leveraging the processes and tools that were available to me at the time and the magnetizing effect of social media to attract solutions.
I think it was this personal touch that made it so popular; it's not simply a dry record of laws, documents and software, but rather a timeline showing the snowball effect of my words and posts on others with similar issues and interests. In addition, there is something unexpected about my conclusions, which often counter long held beliefs deeply ingrained in the consciousness of Americans over decades and across generations.
The fact that it has become a valuable resource to the international OpenGov community is thrilling to me, with the new resources (docs, youtubes, s/w, etc.) that are being produced surpassing the originals. I add new links and media as they become available, so that the content remains fresh and timely.
My blog is a constant work-in-progress, and the new posts are largely spontaneous and unplanned, and are based on what I feel is the most compelling issue or story of the day.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
I use Blogger or blogspot.com by Google. It is very easy to use and allows me to import media via gadgets for a clean design in addition to the chronological posts. The gadgets are shown on the top level at all times, and can be used to highlight youtubes or other media. In addition, Google indexes the posts for worldwide searches, and has a good web analytic engine built in to show pageviews by country, operating system and browser.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
I rarely get comments, but I get many visits, about 500 per month. My audience is fairly sophisticated in terms of internet skills, so the communication is generally via links to youtubes or software that is inspired by my blog, and then reposted on Twitter with a cc: to my account @meganesque.
Another way my visitors reach me is via my profiles on multiple social media sites. Here are a few examples of the type of communication I get on a daily basis:
Marc Bodnick asked you to answer "What U.S. Open Government commitments should we be focusing on?"
Question Details: This question has been posted by the White House. See blogpost on WhiteHouse.gov: Fulfilling our Commitment to Open Government
Specifically, what needs the most work in the short term? How can we be more responsive to your feedback? To view the question page, click here:
The Quora Team
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong
[My input: One of the key (unfulfilled) commitments in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan for the US is ExpertNet, which is conceived to be a platform designed for public access to enable the White House to query national and international experts on a range of challenging issues or national priorities.
I would like to see this model extended to include executive departments and agencies, as most of their websites are not social sites today. NASA has archived the Spacebook source code, which could be released as open source to the public or to a limited audience of developers as a starting point for ExpertNet. I see no reason not to include the OGP participating countries.
The end product would be a suite of interoperable social sites that share login and other information with commercial sites such as Facebook and Twitter to allow easy access to the "experts". I would like to see the concept of groups well designed and well defined as a starting point, and then later an extended model to include the possibility of creating personal sites or blogs such as Blogger by Google. Perhaps Google or other blogging companies would be willing to license their software to a few pilot agencies.
The use of sharable gadgets is a feature that I would like to see in all platforms, since so much of our online communications is not text. Gadgets and widgets would allow the experts to share software, youtubes and other media between the platforms for participating agencies and countries.
Here is an earlier post along the same lines: http://www.quora.com/Government/How-can-we-make-open-gover (...)
More info about ExpertNet can be found here: http://gov20.govfresh.com/expertnet-what-is-the-future-of- (...) ]
Consultation now open to gather views on @opengovpart UK action plan – have your say here: http://ow.ly/jHkHT #opengov
[My input to email@example.com:
I would like to see the UK step up to an expert networking platform, similar to the one called out in the US National Action Plan for OpenGov.
Other ideas can be found here: http://www.whohub.com/meganesque and include more civic engagement in lawmaking and a greater involvement of public servants using social media for public outreach and working groups.]
I haven't seen you in ages, but I do spy on your life through your postings on Facebook :-)
I hope you're doing well.
I was reminded of you because one of the people in my division came to talk to me about an idea she had for social network research related to bullying. The idea is to monitor Twitter or Facebook postings to automatically detect messages indicative of bullying, or worse, related suicidal thoughts by posters. And I remembered that you frequently post items to Facebook mentioning bullying.
Are you aware of any research on this topic, or people interested in it that my colleague could contact?
Research Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Deputy Director, Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
[My answer: Yes I just found something along those lines here: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/08/17/using-twitter-to-crack (...) ]
I'd like share a link with you: http://www.socialreactiongroup.com
The link leads to a new technology demo that my company, InferLink Corp. helped build. The site shows the Twitter reaction to speeches, including the president's state of the union, and compares demographic slices (e.g., men vs women, blue-states vs red states, and so on). It's not a sophisticated demo, but I think it's fun and interesting (in a nerdy sort of way). It was designed for the general public, so we wanted to share it widely.
This isn't actually one of the products we are marketing, it's more of a side project that we participated in for research purposes. But even so, we'd love to hear comments and suggestions if you have any interest in it. (We already know that there are a few problems viewing the site in some browsers, so no need to tell us that!)
If you are getting this message, then you are one of my connections on LinkedIn. I wanted to share this link with my friends, and this was the quickest way. Hope you don't mind. In reviewing this list, I realize that there are a lot of you I haven't talked to lately! Let me say a quick "hi". Always happy to hear from you, so feel free to drop me an email in response.
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Subject: Feedback requested today on Knight News Challenge Proposal: free hosted open data portals for local government
We're entering the final day of the "feedback" round of the Knight News Challenge for Open Government. My company (http://nuams.com) has submitted a proposal to the Challenge that we're really excited about, to deliver government open data catalogs as a free hosted service for local governments, based on our Drupal-based "DKAN" platform:
We think this project, if funded, has potential to rapidly cause an explosion of local government data to become published and discoverable online in a sustainable standards-compliant manner.
The proposal made the front page of the Challenge two days after submission, and has received some nice press coverage (http://bit.ly/10Gp7Zj)
Please consider commenting or "applauding" on our entry today by 5pm Eastern time if you like the idea. Your feedback is important input for us as we continue to refine this proposal, and your expressed support would be helpful in giving the proposal a chance to move on to the next round of the Challenge:
From the Open Government Group on LinkedIn:
Last year here in Russia we actively promoted open data and open government initiatives, started new projects and right now we see and review a lot of open government projects lauched by government agencies.
Unfortunately most of these projects are only in Russian so I suggest to use tools like Google Translate to get more information.
First of all we launched 2 new CKAN based open data catalogs:
- OpenData Hub - http://hub.opengovdata/. We moved all datasets from our OpenGovData.ru website to the CKAN based repository. Also we loaded a lot of new data and
- Open police data - http://data.openpolice.ru/ - it's special data hub with crime statistics, police organizations, police budget and so on. It's part of OpenPolice project - http://www.openpolice.ru/
At the same time russian government agencies also started publishing open data and new projects appeared not so long ago:
- Moscow city administration open data portal - http://data.mos.ru/ - announced 3 weeks ago. It has about 140 public datasets. Most datasets are geodata.
- Open data "promotion website" - http://opendata.bigovernment.ru/ it's part of russian federal government initiative "Open Government" and right now it includes documents, ideas, cases and other topics related to the opendata.
And even more! Last week Russian Ministry of Finances announced http://budget.gov.ru/ - all-Russia open budget / open spending portal. it provides a lot of information about russian budgeting system, provides open data about budgets and other budget and spending information.
Also we have ongoing process of publishing open data by Russian federal government agencies. As it's planned we will have not less then 500 valueable datasets published till 13 july 2013. It's one of the goals for newly established Open data council under Government Commision for "Open Government".
Me and other co-founders of our NGO "Informational Culture" are members of this council and we keep promoting open data principles.
Sure we still have a lot of issues like:
1. Open licenses are not adopted yet and do not conform russian law
2. Not so many political open data available (like election results, campaign finances and so on)
3. Hard to get census data - Russian statistics agency is very far from openness.
4. We don't have much information about our projects in English so we are quite isolated. Sure we read a lot about all open data projects around the world, but not so much about Russian projects known outside of Russia.
But future is brighter now.
#Opengov updates from around the world http://gov30.typepad.com/local/2013/02/make-open-data-and- (...)
Make Open Data and Citizen Collaboration Priorities in the Russian Open Government Action Plan - http://xn--e1aajfpcds8ay4h.xn--80abeamcuufxbhgound0h9cl.xn (...)
OGAP The Russian Open Government Action Plan (OGAP) is an admirable step in the right direction towards creating an open government, with the stated priorities being Involvement of society in decision-making process Fighting corruption Information openness and accountability of government bodies and....
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Alexander B. Howard: looks like updates from grad students in NYC to me
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Megan Eskey: Citizen engagement at its best!
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Alexander B. Howard: I respectfully disagree. I think "citizen engagement" is at its best when it results in disempowered people getting more access to services, education, access to power or a voice in the decisions of government.
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Megan Eskey: picky, picky..
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From Facebook via Alexander B. Howard (http://govfresh.com/2013/05/tipping-my-open-government-hat (...) )
Facebook users can now "co-sponsor" *any* bill before the U.S. House: http://citizens-majorityleader.house.gov/all
Here's some context for the integration, which was kicked off by GOP Leader Eric Cantor's former digital director Matt Lira just over a year ago: http://gov20.govfresh.com/is-the-facebook-citizen-cosponso (...)
At the time, I pointed out some flaws in the Facebook app, from an unclear Terms of Service to permissive data usage to a quite limited selection of bills that citizens can follow or support.
The data usage remains much the same. The ToS is clearer (http://citizens-majorityleader.house.gov/legal) and there are now no limits to bill selection. Users can still only affirmatively support bills by "co-sponsoring" them with a Like. There's no way to show that you oppose a given measure, much in the same way there's no way to "dislike" an update here.
All that said, I'm quite curious to see what happens, if people here discover this app and decide to adopt it for collective action.
From Facebook via Megan Eskey about an hour ago
What if Congress had their own social networking site? What would you say to your elected officials?
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Alexander B. Howard: …I suspect many people would wonder why such a thing was constructed at taxpayer expense, given how many sites already exist. Why would people say anything different to elected officials than they do here or on Twitter?
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Megan Eskey: It's hard to find these sites on Twitter and Facebook. How many average Americans even have a Twitter account? I think it is 15%. Easy for you, easy for me, but not easy for the average taxpayer.
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Alexander B. Howard: What "sites" on Twitter? The websites of our representatives in Congress or state legislatures? Forget Twitter for a moment -- more than half of Americans are on Facebook. The vast majority of elected representatives are as well. Why build something new?
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Megan Eskey: Even Facebook is hard to navigate, there are so many competing issues, pages and posts. It is too general. Where to begin? What politician? My friends are all focused on politics and government, but many of people on FB are not connected to government sites. In addition, I would like to see a site that was optimized for government, designed for government from the start. FB is not.
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Megan Eskey: Twitter - it is hard to find the specific Twitter accounts, let alone links to the websites. You have to know what you are looking for, and it's always changing, with new reps being elected every term.
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Alexander B. Howard: Which politician? How about the ones that, you know, represent you? I'd start here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml or here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and then Like/Follow/Circle, starting with their official website. I appreciate what you're saying about Facebook's challenges. Not sure if there's a business case to create yet another social network. Look at what PopVox is doing with data, for instance, or OpenCongress.
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Megan Eskey: Yes I love what is being done so far, absolutely, and would build on that. Taxpayers' expense? Well I would do it via open source code releases and challenges, allowing the private sector to partner and compete since they do have a stake in the outcome.
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Alexander B. Howard: Megan Eskey As you know, open source != free. Still need government workers to spend time working with the software or maintain it -- or to pay contractors to do it, if the technical expertise isn't in govt.
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Megan Eskey: Hmm. ops. Well, government maintains a lot of underutilized web sites and apps today. A next-generation of government social sites would make many of those obsolete. Decommission and move forward please.
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Megan Eskey: Here is the digital government strategy doc: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/egov/dig (...) I wish I could find the survey results on numbers of gov websites. I think NASA was the worst offender, with about 5000 sites. [http://www.usa.gov/webreform/state-of-the-web.pdf]
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Alexander B. Howard: Megan Eskey Right. And as you know, we're all experiencing social networking fatigue. Does it make sense for government to create a new social network and then pay to promote and maintain it?
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Megan Eskey: It is certainly worth considering. With the degree of interconnectivity between the various social sites, it would become another way to reach govvies (more directly), and ideally, the best way.
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Alexander B. Howard: Why would this fictional new government social network be "more direct" than an email to the office? or a comment on a Facebook page or tweet? How would this not add yet another place for officials to check, adding to the huge burden that already exists after social media has been widely adopted?
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Megan Eskey: If you saw the internal mess of government web, you would understand why I want to make a quantum leap forward, and let go of the past. It is a disastrous landmine of outdated tech and under-qualified managers who don't use social and try to suppress the use inside the gates. This would put an end to that internal strategy, and would have many snowballing benefits for OpenGov.
Megan Eskey shared a link via Alan W Silberberg 39 minutes ago
Gov 2.0 Leadership | Silberberg Report
Thank you! Apparently I have reached almost 1/2 U.S. population through this twitter thing in past 12+/- months or so. twitter.com/IdeaGov/status…— Alan W. Silberberg (@IdeaGov) December 21, 2012 Daily News and updates about Gov 2. ...
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Megan Eskey: Crowdbooster: http://crowdbooster.com/
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Alexander B. Howard: Suggesting that you've reached "half the U.S. population" through Twitter when only 16% of online adults are on the service at all, much less log on daily or see that account, is ludicrous. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
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Megan Eskey: This from the man who has, what? 186K+ followers on Twitter..
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Alexander B. Howard: Yep. And I'd never in a million years claim that. Half of the U.S. doesn't read Justin Bieber or Barack Obama's tweets, much less mine. Reminds me of that claim that 50,000 people watched that first LA conf. (I don't recall the livestream cracking 500 unique viewers at any time.) Does anyone believe this stuff?
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Megan Eskey: Well, maybe it takes a while to accurately interpret crowdbooster.
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Megan Eskey: I think the topic of social media analytics is absolutely fascinating. How does one (accurately) measure influence when you must take into account offline discussions and actions that are taken as a result of your blog post or tweet? I use indirect evidence for my own blog: youtubes that sound like my blog and are posted shortly after a spike from a particular country, OGP Action Plans with milestones that seem to have been taken directly from my blog, etc. But it is an imperfect art.
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Megan Eskey 40 minutes ago via Twitter posted to Facebook
FLOTUS to Feds: You’re Invisible http://t.co/a7ZWB8T0Kq via @govexec
First Lady’s well-meaning remark to Interior employees draws laughs..
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Megan Eskey: Well here is why, at least in part - realistically and statistically most government managers are not using social media today, and as a result have minds that think in terms of "old school" and antiquated top-down processes and approaches rather than...See More
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Jim Grady: sadly, its not old school, it is as if, they never went to school...
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Megan Eskey: If you consider the wealth of knowledge that is trapped inside the walls of government by a bureaucratic maze of outdated technology, processes and policies, we are long overdue to empower ALL govvies by giving them a voice on the internet and on internal social media intranets. I am an exception to the rule with my blog, and it was no easy road to pave.
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Jim Grady: The idea terrifies those steeped in old ways, resistant to changes impossible to control; we are in effect, in a silent revolution going around the archaic structures bursting at the seams, where foreign intelligence rapes the files for content. All one has to do is follow the patent literature, and we see how tragically we are continuing a "fall" while the purveyors of conflict, discontent, and dis-genuine commentary assassinate each other politically. I know nothing you have done has been easy. I am just an observer at the pond, and yet you are closer to me than most, for many reasons. continue on.
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From the Inspirational Leadership, Management and Engagement - People Discovery Group on LinkedIn
Le succès après les 50 ans
Universellement on parle beaucoup du travail après les 50.
Voici mon expérience à cet égard.
Je n’ai pas 50, ni 60 mais j’en ai 70. Toute ma vie j’ai travaillé aux Approvisionnements, ainsi je le fais comme je respire. Jusqu’hier j’étais à l’emploi dans une entreprise, laquelle après 13 ans de bons services du jour au lendemain m’a invité à prendre la retraite. Comme je ne suis pas prêt à la prendre ni psychologiquement ni financièrement, je me suis dit le suivant :
Je suis en pleine possession de mes facultés physiques et mentales;
Je suis au sommet de mon expérience, connaissances et compétences;
J’adore ce que je fais, ce qui est le mi chemin vers le succès;
Je suis du genre « donnez-moi un citron j’en ferai une limonade »;
Entre mes mains une unité d’approvisionnement se constitue rapidement en une puissante source de revenus, plutôt qu’un centre de coûts!
Avec tout cela à mon crédit, plutôt qu’un emploi je recherche du travail, soit à temps plein, par intérim, par contrat ou autre. Et du travail il y en a : avec la crise économique mondiale qui n’a pas l’air de s’estomper de sitôt, tout le monde se doit d’être créatif et de trouver de nouvelles façons de gagner de l’argent et de se maintenir compétitif. Dans ce scénario maintes compagnies surtout en Europe et en Asie obtiennent via la gestion par intérim le meilleur de deux mondes : l’expertise au temporaire.
Donc en ce moment je me concentre à joindre l’offre à la demande, vu que je sais que beaucoup d’organisations présentement ont besoin de mes services lesquels peuvent « faire la différence ». Il semble qu’ici au Québec en termes d’approvisionnements je serais peut-être le premier ou l’un des premiers à offrir mes services de cette façon. Si c’est le cas tant mieux, j’ai toujours aimé innover et je suis un agent du changement.
Seasoned Procurement Executive, Cost Reduction Specialist and skilled negotiator
Montreal, Canada Area
From Google Translate:
Success after 50 years
Universally there is much talk of work after 50.
Here is my experience in this regard.
I'm not 50 or 60 but I am 70. All my life I've worked in the Supply, so I do as I breathe. Until yesterday I was at work in a company, which after 13 years of faithful service overnight invited me to retire. As I am not ready to take or psychologically or financially, I said the following:
I am in full possession of my physical and mental faculties;
I'm on top of my experience, knowledge and skills;
I love what I do, which is halfway to success;
I'm like, "Give me a lemon I'll make lemonade";
My hands is a supply unit is fast becoming a powerful source of income rather than a cost center!
With all this to my credit, rather than a job I am looking for work, either full-time acting, by contract or otherwise. And work there: with the global economic crisis did not seem to fade soon, everyone needs to be creative and find new ways to earn money to remain competitive. In this scenario many companies, especially in Europe and Asia get through interim management the best of two worlds: the expertise temporary.
So right now I am concentrating to join the supply and demand, because I know that many organizations now need my services which can "make a difference". It seems that here in Quebec in terms of supplies I might be the first or among the first to offer my services in this way. If this is the case the better, I always like to innovate and I am an agent of change.
From Suzanne B on LinkedIn:
Preparing for a presentation in May on Workplace Bullying.
The audience is HR professionals. I am attempting to get their attention by demonstrating prevalence and experience. Would you be willing to help in my research and complete a very short survey online? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LF83JTM
From AtticusPark1 1 month ago
Thanks for the kind words! ...Also, couldn't help but notice that you're neck deep in Open Government yourself.
Saw your slideshare (unfortunately, YouTube doesn't allow me to embed links in comments) and couldn't agree more. Much like Social Media, there are no experts in Open Gov :-)
More info here: Hitler Reacts to Open Government and Open Data
From Facebook via Jim Grady:
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has responded to the public’s demands for corporate accountability. A proposed rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political contributions is on the SEC’s official agenda.
From Facebook via David E. Weekly
I sure am going to miss YouTube. http://youtu.be/H542nLTTbu0
Megan Eskey shared Alan W Silberberg's status on Facebook about an hour ago
Yes I do enjoy that!! But your RTs are just as important.
Hey Megan Eskey gotta love when the head of digital communications for the uk fco retweets you. :-)
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Megan Eskey: And the OGP retweeted my other Storify, so I am 2 for 2 on my Storify Tweets.
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From the OpenGov2.0 Facebook Fan Page:
White House Hangout: The Maker Movement | The White House: http://wh.gov/H2tF @whitehouse
Preview of Gov 2.0 L.A. 2013 From Twitter. http://t.co/pj57TY2OSE via @IdeaGov - April 20, 2013
What's next for the Open Government Partnership in Europe? http://blog.collaboratory.de/2013/03/whats-next-for-open-g (...) #ogp
U.S. has fulfilled 24/26 commitments made in its Open Government Partnership action plan -- @OpenGov: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/29/open-government- (...) … #opengov
While the White House encouraged agencies to consult with outside stakeholders before, during and after the creation of 2.0 plans, the civil society team only met with half a dozen agencies out of the 40 updating their Open Government Plans. http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/3925
Would your #opengov org like to be part of an effort to set high standards in National Action Plan? Contact us: http://www.openthegovernment.org/node/3934
OGP Proposes Guide for Independent Evaluators http://t.co/nBhIl4gYCR #ogpaction
The first eight countries up for reporting will be Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. “Research will begin in earnest in April with publication in September. The 38 countries submitting their action plan reports in April of 2012 will begin the IRM process later this year,” according to the OGP posting.
The Open Gov Partnership is hosting a webinar on citizen engagement on law making. Register here: http://ow.ly/jCSQ5 @Opengovpart
How to create a multi-stakeholder #OGP action plan #Ukraine case study - http://on.undp.org/iZyeS @UNDP @UNDPgov @opengovpart
This is very cool, but next year I'd like to see more synergy between this effort and ExpertNet http://spaceappschallenge.org/ #opengov #gov20 #gov20la #ogp #ogpaction
NEW on the #OGP blog | Civil Society Coordinator Newsletter for March 2013. http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/04/civil-society-n (...) … #opengov #civilsociety
From Commitment to Action, from Albania to Uruguay http://t.co/hN8znZcnKW
The Old Dogs Have the Best New Tricks: The Best Innovators Aren't the Youngest
Posted by Kate M. Long on April 2, 2013 at 2:30pm
I may be shooting myself in the foot here by spreading this around, but word has it that the best innovators aren't Millennials.
Many companies have been trying to create a younger work force, gently (or not so gently) encouraging older employees to retire and leave. The belief is that innovation comes from the newbies, especially when it comes to computers, or anything having to do with technology in general. However, there's proof that the top innovators are actually in the "older" crowd. The New York Times published an article the other day, "Why Innovators Get Better with Age" citing the average age of successful innovators (Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Poet Laureates, etc) is 38 and that, on average, someone has more innovation potential at 65 than at 25.
More info here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/jobs/why-innovators-get- (...)
From the Technical Assistance Consultancy Network; EU, Worldbank, Calls, Grants, International Development Group on LinkedIn
To bid for World Bank (and other donors) projects, a company shall provide 5 years of positive balance sheets and references (in the region and in the sector). The only solution for a new company is then to work as a subcontractor for established companies, in order to acquire enough references. After 5 or more years, it will then be possible to apply directly. It is a long and tough way. World Bank (and other donors) procedures automatically disqualify new companies. It is not a open market. It is reserved for established companies.
[My input: I'd like to see the World Bank move towards a model of challenges to bypass the cumbersome procurement processes. See here for more info: http://challenge.gov/ and https://wbchallenge.imaginatik.com/]
Xavier Lasauca @xavierlasauca
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How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
I have learned more in the past 4 years than ever before. There is a magnetizing force that bloggers learn to love, with an increase in followers on all social media accounts and an increase in the visibility or impact of your "voice" that is very rewarding.
Blogging about issues that were important to my father (like the "spiral of injustice" in Palestine) has helped me to understand him better. He witnessed many injustices in his lifetime, and did what he could to remedy the situation through his work. However, as a private citizen he was limited in what he could do. Now the tables have turned, and with the help of new "disruptive" technology, I am able to effect change more easily in my role as a private citizen than I was in my role as a government employee.
I would like to see that change, and was gratified to see that there are ongoing discussions about creating Senior Executive Service (SES) roles in the Federal sector that are cross-functional, and would enable more cross-Agency outreach and projects. In this age of "radical connectivity", stovepiped organizations and very specialized social media roles make little sense, and only serve to artificially limit or restrict employees who could otherwise effect change on a global scale given the right tools and leverage.
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
Yes, I have a blogroll, or a list of favorite blogs and bloggers.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
I keep the number of posts down to a few per year, but some posts are very dense and are edited and expanded over time to include links to other related articles and posts as they become available to support the core message.
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
I was employed by NASA when I started my blog. However, I am transitioning to a new role as an independent consultant for Open Government worldwide. Blogging is a great foundation for positioning and marketing. I am particularly interested in helping the Open Government Partnership (OGP) participating countries to
establish a strong foundation in Open Government principles and practices,
refine the quality of their action plans,
support effective implementation of their commitments,
advance the assessment process,
and encourage active, constructive engagement with civil society actors as they develop and implement their plans.
How do you promote your blog?
Most of the visits to my blog are via Google searches, but I have used Facebook ads and posts on my own social media accounts to expand my reach.
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
My visitors come from all over the world, and include many Open Government thought leaders, social media experts, anti-bullying activists and other influential people who can take my words to the next level, and can drive change at a more hands-on level, such as submitting new bills to close loopholes in our laws or to empower or inform vulnerable members of the general public. I'd like to see my visitors from online media change their approach a bit. Rather than reporting the explicit details of violent and non-violent crimes, why not add a paragraph at the end of your posts with links to the specific laws that were breached and resources for the victims? The challenge today is education, and the internet is by far the best forum for that.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Write about subjects that are close to your own experiences and focus on topics that have depth. Stay current. Being the first blogger to expose or focus on a sticky subject will bring many loyal followers with similar issues or interests. As difficult as it may be, try to maintain a good work/life balance while working at a full time job and blogging. Don't make blogging your primary focus.
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