5 Mindsets
Blocking
Open Data
In #Gov

© 2014 Dannielle Blumenthal
@thinkbrandfirst
All opinions my own.
Free to use, remi...
#1: Upside-Down Priorities
Old-Fashioned

Fund Mission Operations Directly

Fund Discrete Mission
Support Areas

Forward T...
#2: Either/Or Thinking
“Give It
To Us Now.”

The Public

“Wait Till
It’s Perfect.”

Agency Experts
#3: Shame
“Give It
To Us Now.”

“Wait Till
It’s Perfect.”

“Imagine that on the cover of The Washington Post!”
#4: Faulty Public Affairs Strategy
NO: Corporate

• Corporate brands rely on an
image of stability to reassure
investors.
...
#5: “Information Is Power” Thinking
The Way Ahead
Reject These Paradigms

Embrace These Instead

1. Upside-down priorities
2. Either/or thinking
3. Shame, fea...
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    1. 1. 5 Mindsets Blocking Open Data In #Gov © 2014 Dannielle Blumenthal @thinkbrandfirst All opinions my own. Free to use, remix, share.
    2. 2. #1: Upside-Down Priorities Old-Fashioned Fund Mission Operations Directly Fund Discrete Mission Support Areas Forward Thinking Fund Through Partnerships Communicate to Engage Through Data Release Equip & Empower Staff Pay Perfunctory Attention To Everything Else Cross-Functional Mission Support
    3. 3. #2: Either/Or Thinking “Give It To Us Now.” The Public “Wait Till It’s Perfect.” Agency Experts
    4. 4. #3: Shame “Give It To Us Now.” “Wait Till It’s Perfect.” “Imagine that on the cover of The Washington Post!”
    5. 5. #4: Faulty Public Affairs Strategy NO: Corporate • Corporate brands rely on an image of stability to reassure investors. • Discussion of flaws is minimized. • Government agencies tend to think they are corporate brands. YES: Ingredient • Actually, government agencies are ingredient brands. • Government provides data, services & products that power other social institutions. • Transparency is paramount to credibility – the ingredients must be safe.
    6. 6. #5: “Information Is Power” Thinking
    7. 7. The Way Ahead Reject These Paradigms Embrace These Instead 1. Upside-down priorities 2. Either/or thinking 3. Shame, fear, and dread of being “found out” 4. Faulty public affairs strategy – corporate branding 5. “Information is power” thinking 1. See open data as critical to everything else the agency does. 2. Iterative release of data – give what you have, when you have it. 3. Talk first & continuously about problems – which are inevitable. 4. Pursue an ingredient brand strategy 5. Accomplish work in crossfunctional groups – poor team players aren’t picked.

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