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(@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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(@sandy0)

New Strategies and Techniques

Ask Federal Agencies to Adopt the Core Principles for Public Engagement

Over the past several months, experts in public dialogue, facilitation and collaborative decision-making worked together to develop 7 "Core Principles for Public Engagement." The authors and editors of these principles have spent years creating and honing innovative techniques that help people talk constructively about difficult issues that effect their lives--issues like health care, crime, and conflict between ethnic... more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

Initiative to represent the nations diverse and real concerns by location.

Many times, we are all caught up in the most publicized issues, we almost forget about the ones closest to our homes.

In a speech during his campaign, Obama mentioned "As we learn that the struggles of the textile workers in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Los Vegas...we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggest."... 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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(@dudemanfellabra)

New Strategies and Techniques

Open Up Presidential Debates to Third Parties

For far too long in this country, politics (and debates in general) has been run by the two major parties – Democrats and Republicans. While both of these parties are close to the center of the political spectrum and represent a lot of people, there are others out there with other ideas. Yes, we have third parties, but they haven't won an election (or even been competitive) in decades. Part of the reason they aren't more... more »

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(@c.www.communityforums.org)

New Tools and Technologies

a Citizen Councilor Network: scaleable, manageable, measureable

(this idea was also submitted to Google's "Project 10 to the 100" at www.project10tothe100.com/)

More background on this idea is available at:
www.KingCounty.gov/operations/auditor/CommunityForums and
www.CommunityForums.org

WHAT ONE SENTENCE BEST DESCRIBES THIS IDEA?
This idea improves upon the common notion of a "public hearing" by taking it "to scale" and capturing the opinions of all participants anywhere they meet.... 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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(@earthintelnet)

New Strategies and Techniques

"Media Dome" + Interactive Displays of Public Intelligence + Public Input for Decision Support

Visit these websites
1. http://geodome.info
2. http://benfry.com/zipdecode
3. http://everyblock.com
4. http://smart-city.re-configure.org

Imagine them all combined into a public theater
(though these examples would be expanded to a much greater degree of
"local-to-global animated knowledge-mapping")

The public is given animated demonstrations/animated data visualization,
and exciting 3-D demos (and given chances to... more »

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(@arianward)

Making Government Operations More Open

Invite Congress to partner with the Administration on this as a government-wide, bi-partisan initiative

In reading President Obama’s January 21st “Memorandum For The Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies” that launched this Transparency and Open Government initiative, you will notice that the whole focus is on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. This makes sense since the Constitution only gives the President formal management authority over this branch of the government. He can only influence the other... more »

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(@bill002)

Between Federal Agencies

Develop Coherent Technical Assistance Strategies for States and Communities

In the 1990s, the federal government, in a very rough estimate, was found to spend almost $100 million per year to hire technical assistance consultants to assist communities with the implementation of federal programs. These technical assistance consultants are often engaged to help communities develop and implement public-private collaboration frameworks and public participation strategies as well as other, more technical... 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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(@kim000)

Do-It-Yourself Government

Train skilled community organizers to strengthen our democracy.

Invest (and encourage others to invest) in community organizers to achieve greater “participation” and “collaboration” in government. This will increase transparency in government and strengthen our democracy. Investing in new technologies is important, but “Tools don't build houses. Carpenters build houses," explains Marshall Ganz, who has been credited as the architect of President Obama's field campaign. Who knows?... more »

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