Monday, September 28, 2009

More Than a #Gov20 Moment

On Memorial Day 2008, Steve Ressler, a 28 year-old US Department of Homeland Security employee, launched GovLoop as the "Facebook for government." His goal was simple: create a space for the millions of government employees to connect and collaborate. I joined as soon as I learned about it and was struck by the energy and eagerness of people in and around government to share ideas and information regarding their common challenges and success stories. Right around Memorial Day of this year, GovLoop crossed the 10,000 member mark and the site has nearly doubled again in just four months to more than 18,000 members.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Twitterfall in Congress?

I'm reading an advance copy of a great new book called "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon" by William D. Eggers and John O'Leary. The release date is set for November 19. Based on the first 100 pages, I'd compare it to the classic business books "Good to Great" or "Built to Last" - it's like "Good to Great" for government.

The main premise behind the book is found in this paragraph:
"There is indeed ample historical evidence that democratic governments can achieve great things. There is also ample evidence that democratic governments can fail in their attempts. The requirements for achieving great things are two simple but far from easy steps - wisely choosing which policies to pursue and then executing those policies. The difference between success and failure is execution."

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

"What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to Me?"' and Other Cool Video Projects

In advance of next week's Gov 2.0 Expo and Summit, Tim O'Reilly asked citizens to respond to a question: "What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to You?" At least a couple handful of folks have responded, with many of the videos being posted over at GovFresh.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Get a $2,000 Raise! Telework.

Results from Virginia's Telework Day were released this week. Some of the statistics that stood out:

- Teleworking one day per week equates to a $2,000 raise for each employee
- 69% of participants indicated that they accomplished more while teleworking
- If all interested employees engaged in telework, it would remove nearly 400,000 tons of pollutants from the environment
- 74% of participants indicated that their employers are more open to telework
- Biggest reported benefits of teleworking: #1 work/life balance, #2 productivity
- Most important factor in successful teleworking: leadership is on board

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