Tag: gov

Storytelling: The Most Powerful Communications Tool in History

We are storytelling animals. It’s what differentiates us from our primate cousins. We are literally Homo narrativus. We use stories to assign meaning to our lives, transmit vital information and communicate with future generations. Without our storytelling ability, we would never have evolved out of the jungles of Africa. Human history begins with stories, like The…




Steve Jobs for Govies

Steve Jobs and government bureaucrats – what could they have in common? A lot, as I write in Steve Jobs for Govies, recently published on GovLoop.




Earthquake Anecdote in Washington Post

It began as a low rumble. I thought someone was moving furniture in my building but then it grew stronger.  I was being shaken, and for a few scary seconds I thought my apartment was going to split in two. Then it stopped. Outside was a gorgeous sunny day. What happened? I filed downstairs with…




Will Open Government Lead to a More Rational Electorate?

Check out my blog post on GovLoop on Will Open Government Lead to a More Rational Electorate?




DCWEEK Fires Up Techies

What do fire dancers have to do with technology?  Attendees at the opening night party of DC Week had a chance to find out.  Digital Capital Week (DCWEEK) is a 10 day festival in Washington, DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital. DCWEEK takes place in venues throughout Washington…




2009 Highlights

It’s the end of the year, and the end of a decade. What were my favorite projects of 2009? What did I have the most fun working on? Murder in Ocean Hall I can’t help myself, I like to write fiction. People have asked me how I could leave my job and then spend countless…




USAJOBS vs CBO Job Site

Too much exposure to USAJOBS has really turned me cynical. Despite news reports on the need to recruit thousands of new employees, the main federal jobs site is a usability nightmare, unfathomable to even people who work on web sites, like me. While the site has few defenders, some have argued that it has to…




Why Doesn't Government Use the Web to Organize Its Work?

I’ve been reading Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. It’s a brilliant book on the information revolution that we’re going through. He believes that this revolution is as momentous as the development of the printing press, which triggered the Reformation and religious wars. The rise of amateurs and the expansion of consumer choice has meant…




Friday's Links

Here’s what’s interested me this week: Government 2.0: The Midlife Crisis Hard truths about the difficulties of implementing Web 2.0 in government.  It’s Time for Governance Even more hard truths, this time about professionalizing web site management in government.  Wil Wheaton Interview on Lulu Interesting article on why a blogger went the self-publishing route.  Apple…




More Thoughts on Transparency Camp 09

Some more random thoughts about Transparency Camp 09. Here are my big take-aways from the conference. Excitement: There’s a tremendous amount of enthusiasm among enlightened advocates of government transparency, fueled by the election of Obama and the mainstreaming of Web 2.0 tools like blogging. There’s a real can-do spirit, which is in marked contrast to…