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AMO 2010 Urban Symposium

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  • Seniors comprised 13% of the CDN population in 2004, but are expected to hit 24.5% by 2036At the Federal level, in the Canadian Public Service, 1 in 3 employees is over the age of 50 and approximately 33% of federal employees are eligible to retire by 2015. In British Columbia, 45% of managers and 35% of bargaining unit employees are eligible to retire by 2015. The same general pattern holds true for all governments across Canada as well as for Broader Public Sector employers.Another trend that is occurring in Canada is increased urbanization with more than eighty percent (80%) of Canada’s population residing in urban areas
  • Fundamental frustration with the citizen doing business with the governmentDifferent parts of government are completely separated from the other
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  • Fundamental frustration with the citizen doing business with the governmentDifferent parts of government are completely separated from the other

AMO 2010 Urban Symposium AMO 2010 Urban Symposium Presentation Transcript

  • Omar Rashid
    Canadian Public Sector,
    Director, Local & Regional Government
  • Born in downtown Toronto (Ward 14), raised in Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39)
    Resided for 5 years in Waterloo (Ward 6)
    Working for 14 years in Mississauga (Ward 11)
    Resident of Vaughan (Ward 4) for 19 years
    Vote in every election
    I have the best job at Microsoft
    A Little About Me
  • A Little About You
    Other than my family, YOU have had the most direct impact on my life
    Citizens expect YOU to deliver, yet we understand the least about municipal government
    Government is NOT easy
    Toronto City Councillor for York Centre, Maria Augimeri dealing with Sunrise Propane explosion
    Publishing expense reports and salaries
    Job evaluation every 4 years
  • Balloon Boy Hoax & Public Service
  • Swine Flu
  • What drives government?
  • In Canada
    Seniors comprised 13% of the population in 2004, but are expected to hit 24.5% by 2036
    At the Federal level, 1 in 3 employees is over the age of 50 and approximately 33% of them are eligible to retire by 2015
    In British Columbia, 45% of managers and 35% of bargaining unit employees are eligible to retire by 2015 – same pattern holds true for all levels of government
    Increased urbanization with more than eighty percent (80%) of Canada’s population residing in urban areas
  • Citizens may not (at times) be impressed with government... but
    Citizens rely on their government, especially in the time of crisis
  • Sunrise Propane Explosion
    Citizen Expectation for Information
    Observation: It took 6 hours for information to come through the media while videos of the explosions were posted to YouTube within minutes of the blast.
    Investigation on-going, 2 fatalities
    Photo Credit: Toronto Star
  • Reality
    Governments need to do more with less
    Citizens have expectations of increased/better service and greater involvement
    The Web has changed everything
    Governments are seeking the input of their citizens
    Opportunity to act – before citizens become completely disillusioned
  • Keep Tabs on your MP
  • Web 2.0 vs. Gov. 2.0
    A tug-of-war exists, there is pressure to
    Reduce costs, both capital and operational
    Use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Bing, Blogs, Wikis, Text Messaging, Crowdsourcing to get things done
    Open Government, Open Data
    Act. If you don’t, citizens will
    FixMyStreet - www.fixmystreet.com
    Lake Ontario Waterkeeper - www.waterkeeper.ca
    Toronto Transit Camp – The Unconvention http://toronto.transitcamp.org
  • Risk
    … candidates had been warned something like this could happen, saying even though the pictures were posted on a private page, "once you become a public figure, everything is public.“
    B.C. NDP Leader Carole James in reference to a candidate resignation after photos on his private Facebook page became public.
    City of Winnipeg highlights criminal activity on Craigslist
  • Time Waster?
    Surprise! A full 40.5 percent of posts on Twitter--or tweets, as they're called--can be classified as "pointless babble," according to a new study from Pear Analytics. Coming in second was "conversational," which the company says makes up 37.55 of all tweets.
    Source: http://msn-cnet.com.com/8301-13577_3-10310191-36.html?part=msn-cnet&subj=ns&tag=feed
  • Expectations
    Constituents are in Control
    Strong desire for greater empowerment
    Using the Web more than ever for research
    Expect rich Internet experiences
    Increasing diversity of access, anywhere, anytime
    Privacy, Security, Reliability, Availability, Interoperability
    Social tools provide a deeper connection with constituents
    Provide vehicles for citizen engagement and consultation
    Augments more formal delivery channels
    Appreciate the service delivery impact of these services
    Looking to revitalize democracy
    Elected officials enjoy the connection to their constituents
  • Myth 1: Governments don’t want to engage citizens
    Myth 2: Young people don’t want to be engaged
    The sentiment behind Web/Gov 2.0: I need to be engaged faster and this is where I am
    Web 2.0 is not about you being out of touch and someone else being hip. Social is about reaching out, collaboration and connecting those who want to know with those who do know
    Some governments have adopted proactive mentoring
    Canadians rank #1 worldwide for social network use; Internet is the 3rd most used medium; >75% connected
    A Common Ground
  • Canada as successful model
    External View
  • The Analytical Neutral View
    The Global Competitive Report 2009-2010
    from the World Economic Forum
    Canada’s External Analytical View
    Efficient Processes
    Engage Citizens
    Invest in Infrastructure
  • The Analytical Neutral View
    The Global Information Technology Report 2010
    from the World Economic Forum & INSEAD
    External Analytical View
    Efficient Processes
    Engage Citizens
    Invest in Infrastructure
    Accelerate Cloud Focus
    Connect Online Services to promote
    Government Efficiency
    • Canada Egovernment Readiness index (Government Readiness Rank 7)
    • Canada ICT Use and Government Efficiency (Government Usage Rank 22)
    • Importance of ICT in Future Vision of Gov (Government Readiness Rank 35)
  • Best Practices in Public Sector (Consulting View)
    Creating Shared Responsibility for Better Outcomes
    How to excel servicing citizens and customers
    from Accenture, 2009
    Best Practices
    Public Sector
    Elements of Success
    Take a Citizen-Centric Approach
    Organize services and information around them
    Two-Way Communication
    Multi-Channel Delivery
    Seamless and Pleasant Experience all across
    More than a Service.. An Experience
    Citizen Knowledge
    Work at Local, Regional and National Level
    Integrated Services
    Be Transparent, Be Accountable
    Reach Citizens & Customers
    Ensuring they are well informed and serviced
    Key Enabling Practices
    Better Service starts with Better Understanding
    Engage, Listen and Respond
    Harness All Available Resources
    Be Transparent. Be Accountable. Ask for and Act on Feedback
    Copyright © 2009 Accenture
  • Next Generation in Government (Technology View)
    The Way to Gov 2.0
    An Enterprise Approach to Web 2.0 in Government
    from Microsoft, 2009
    Next Generation
    in Government
    Web 2.0
    A New Level of Democracy
    Real-Time Communication and Connection (Wikis, Blogs, Tweets)
    Gov 2.0 for the Net Generation
    Gov 2.0
    Web 2.0 + Enterprise IT Strategic Approach
    Participation thru Technology
    Delivering Better Citizen Services Promoting Public Participation
    Enterprise IT Strategy Approach
    A New Government for the People
    Progressive Integration
    By Giving Power to the People thru Information-Sharing that is Crucial for Openness and Transparency
    Productivity thru Workflow Collab
    By Delivering Better Citizen Services thru Effective Response Times and Information Access from the Government
    Trustworthy Computing
    By Providing Government Employees with Better Productivity Tools so they can deepen their focus on delivering optimal service
    Key Elements in an Effective IT
    Effective Workflows
    Enterprise Infrastructure
    Trustworthy Computing
    Progressive Integration
  • Experience with governments around the WorldWhat Happens when you Make Data Available?
  • eScribe for Government
    Online Agenda & Meeting Management Solution for Microsoft SharePoint & the Citizen Service Platform
  • eScribe User Roles
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Investment
  • Select Ontario
  • Citizen Service
  • Attracting VisitorsWelcoming NewcomersEncouraging Settlement
  • www.niagaraimmigration.ca
    “I Really I see it as becoming just a Government norm to be honest. I think dropping the "e" is inevitable. We do hope to continue along from just having a participatory government to an interactive government, and levering the Web and technology.”
    Connie McCutcheon
    IT Web Services Administrator
    Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • Open Government Data Initiative
  • Why OGDI?
    Help government organizations to
    Accelerate data publishing plans
    Publish data more efficiently
    Promote cloud computing use by government
    Tap into the cloud today (Windows Azure)
    Learn by doing
    Drive policy based on experience
    Promote use of government data by citizens and businesses
    Motivate government to publish more data and improve data quality
  • Using OGDI – City of Edmonton, Canada
    OGDI gives government organizations greater local control (look & feel, ability to publish data off of acustomer’s owndomain.
  • Using OGDI – VanGuide
    Vancouver Open Data Cloud catalogue via OGDI
    Runs on Windows Azure, Silverlight, BING maps and twitter
    Plus mobile client to create a social map of Vancouver
    Available on CodePlexas an Open Source project
  • Using OGDI – City of Miami 311 System
    Uses Windows Azure, Bing Maps, & Silverlight
    Built by two people in less than eight days
    No up-front costs, from inception to running
    Cloud deployment sped development & eliminated costlyinfrastructure
    Miami is making their solution available to other government agencies
  • City of San Francisco 311
    Use of Twitter as another channel for their city call centre
  • City of Vancouver Open Data Catalogue
  • TaxiCity.ca
    Master students at Digital Media Program at Great Northern Way University in Vancouver
    Used open data published by the city to develop a game for visitors/citizens to drive around the city (virtually) using a taxi
    Published code back to the community to share
  • Steps to making data open
    Have data available in a format that is consumable
    Determine appropriate Terms of Use
    Both Vancouver and Toronto have examples
    Where will the data reside?
    Existing website, new site, or 3rd Party?
    Edmonton used the OGDI catalogue within their existing site
  • Focus on the needs of the people to whom the services are being delivered
    Save us from ourselves – policy, policy, policy
    Be successful on your own terms
  • BePublic
    A website that shares success of government using ICT as a lever to serve and engage citizens and drive positive public policy outcomes
    Launch will be end of May 2010
  • Resources
  • © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    This presentation is for informational purposes only. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, in this summary.
  • CSP Application
    • Download & Deploy CSP Applications from Azure
    • A web 2.0 platform and CSP App Store Community
    • Gov 2.0 modules, Agenda Management, Content Packs
    • Connected directly to GovSpark
  • Government As Platform
    Citizen App Store
    Citizen Service Bus- provides abstraction to native Govt Entities
    (Infrastructure, CSP 1.0, SP2010, CRM 5.0, Citizen “Data Vault”)
    Tax LOB
    Land Registry