(@shaaslyons)

Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Fully fund participation and collaboration activities

Agencies generally do not adequately plan for or budget to integrate public participation or collaborative processes into their programmatic work. To undertake small and large-scale public participation or collaborative efforts, agencies often have to re-program personnel and dollars or look to other program sources, effectively “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Additionally, many public participation and collaborative efforts... more »

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(@shaaslyons)

Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Require all agencies to submit a plan for open government

Require all agencies to submit a plan for how they will incorporate open government activities into their missions. Within 180 days, agencies will produce a plan to integrate public involvement and collaboration into all relevant systems [human resources, planning and budget]. Agencies must demonstrate that internal and external stakeholders participate in the development of the plans. Each agency must designate an appropriate... more »

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(@stephenbuckley)

Making Government Operations More Open

Make It Safe for Govt. Workers to Innovate to Save Money

Federal departments can only become more Transparent, Participatory, and Collaborative with outsiders (citizens) unless those same things are adopted INTERNALLY. Those qualities can only show up on the *outside* if they are valued on the *inside*. However, federal departments do NOT have the internal openness that makes it *safe* for their employees (and those of contractors) to suggest ways to make their organizations... more »

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New Tools and Technologies

Create an Online Citizen Participation Portal

The creation of an online portal for citizen participation would be an institutionalized government portal that would allow citizens to research, discuss, and oversee formation of public policy as well as locate and log community service. The closest thing to this so far would be a hybrid of the creations of the Sunlight Foundation, primarily OpenCongress.org. It would provide a portal for citizens to review and comment... more »

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(@stephens)

Training and Development

Practical scholarship and assistance from Universities - the University Network for Collaborative Governance

Build on the growing effort for "universities to be more practical" by having regular exchanges on information sharing, citizen engagement, and collaboration with a wide range of colleges and universities, especially reaching to students and scholars in "public service" fields. One entity which can help is the University Network for Collaborative Governance - http://www.policyconsensus.org/uncg/index.html Others are... more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Federal, State and Local Data Consolidation

In the old days, information was a one-way avenue; government would distribute information to news and media outlets that then added their political or demographic agenda and redistributed it to the general public in the form of censored TV newscasts, radio shows and other legacy media outlets. Welcome to the 21st century and to a world driven by information technology shared and crowdsourced by social media such as... more »

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(@stephenbuckley)

Making Government Operations More Open

Let's Be Clear on the Terminology about "Public Engagement"

We need to better define the terms that we are using in order to have a better discussion about how we achieve Open Government. If we all have different ideas about what is (and is not) "public engagement" or "transparency" or (insert buzzword here), then we will have a hard time reaching consensus about how to go forward. (This is the lesson from "The Tower of Babel".) For example: "Public Engagement" -- If... more »

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Public-Private Partnerships

Partnering made easy - Lessons from the Design and Construction Industry

The design and construction industry, including the Corps of Engineers, have been utilizing a process called "Partnering" for over 20 years. The Partnering process begins with a workshop that brings together the three key stakeholder groups involved in a typical construction project: the Owner, the Contractor, and the Architect or Engineer. The workshop sets the stage for the working relationship by developing the... more »

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Rulemaking

Repairing the regulatory damage from the Bush era

For the eight years of the Bush administration, the political appointees in the departments and agencies were tasked with creating an enduring legacy of rules that benefit commercial interests over the public interest. Which was to be expected, when James Watts' alcolytes ran Interior, and former pesticide lobbyists were making policy regarding pesticide regulation. That was part of the general pattern of placing people... more »

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(@stephenbuckley)

Making Government Operations More Open

"MyGov.gov" --> Customized to What Affects YOU

When you create an employment profile at USAjobs.gov, an email-alert will be sent to you when it finds a federal job vacancy that matches your profile. You don't do the job searching -- the job vacancy "finds" you. But we should create a broader system -- "MyGov.gov" -- that looks over ALL those government proposals (e.g., policies, programs, projects) that match what YOU indicate would be of interest to YOU. And... more »

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(@maureen)

Communications Strategies

The State of Grace Document: A Self Created Tool Used Around the World to Make it Easier to be Transparent and Trust when Collab

www.stateofgracedocument.com WHAT IS IT? The State of Grace Document is a new way to build, sustain and transition business and personal relationships with trust and respect. You personally write it along with those involved, preferably at the beginning of the relationship. It captures what draws each individual to the situation, your personal preferences and expectations; and it provides a path back to peace if the... more »

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(@arianward)

Uncategorized

Use a Whole Systems Approach to Transparency and Open Government

One of the major challenges with large initiatives (such as this Transparency and Open Government initiative) and large organizations/institutions (such as the Federal Government) is the lack of integration, collaboration, and synergy that usually result from trying to design, implement, and manage anything this large and complex. They are typically designed and implemented in separate pieces based on the concept that... more »

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(@robwheeler)

New Strategies and Techniques

Develop and Implement a National Strategy for Sustainability

I would suggest that the best way to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness, while making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative, would be for the Obama Administration to lead the American People in Developing and Implementing a National Strategy for Sustainability. It is commonly recognized that those of us in the United States are not living sustainably today. With... more »

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(@teddidread)

New Strategies and Techniques

Dynamic Self-Governance (DSG)

Dynamic Self-Governance (DSG) is a way to organize informal groups, businesses of any size, and governmental agencies. DSG uses systems theory and cybernetics to create enterprises that function EXTREMELY well, AND treat people as human beings. The key to DSG is that the Dutch engineer who developed it 4 decades ago came up with a way to keep all participants equal in power: Consent decision-making for policy decisions.... more »

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