Steve Ressler: The Gov Loop Story


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Steve Ressler: The Gov Loop Story

  1. 1. The Story
  2. 2. <ul><li>Problem: </li></ul>Why ? Millions of government employees working on similar issues but no safe place to connect and share best practices. Solution: Online community. Hub to connect disparate conversations/events. New technology leveraged to collaborate.
  3. 3. <ul><li>~20 Million Government Employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2.1 million federal employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>19,429 Municipal Governments </li></ul><ul><li>21,300 Distinct organizations across federal legislative, executive, and judicial </li></ul><ul><li>ARE WE RECREATING THE WHEEL? lS THERE ROOM FOR COLLABORATION </li></ul>U.S. Statistics
  4. 4. At Work, Where Do People Go to: <ul><li>Ask a question about their project </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about other similar projects in government </li></ul><ul><li>Get career advice or mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Get best practices about a specific technology or project </li></ul><ul><li>In past, simply asked peers at work or people you already knew </li></ul><ul><li>How do you expand the network to solve government problems </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is <ul><li>MISSION: “Connect Government to Improve Government” </li></ul>Solve government problems Connect with peers Research the latest trends Find and contribute best practices Learn about the latest solutions ?
  6. 7. <ul><li>Do-Gooder: 3rd Gen Public Servant, DHS Fellow, Multiple Gov Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Innovator: Co-Founder, Young Government Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Award Winner: 2006 Rising Star Award, 2007 Fed 100 Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker: 25+ Conferences, Brookings, Harvard Kennedy School </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Wikinomics , Federal Times , Public Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Athlete: Used to be good at golf – 3 rd in State </li></ul><ul><li>Scholar: Miami (OH) and UPenn </li></ul><ul><li>Gentleman: Likes Cats and Babies </li></ul>Founder
  7. 8. Evolution JAN 2009: Community Leaders JAN 2008: Idea Conceived JUN 2009: 10,000 Members SEP 2009: 20,000 Members JUN 2008: GovLoop Launched Passionate Federal Employee President, Build Team Recognized Need for More Resources Passionate Volunteers Adding New Features
  8. 9. Members <ul><li>Obama Political Appointees </li></ul><ul><li>GSA Assistant Commissioner </li></ul><ul><li>Canada Deputy CTO </li></ul><ul><li>California CTO </li></ul>40,000 …and growing rapidly <ul><li>30+ Federal CIOs and CTOs </li></ul><ul><li>60+ State/Local CIOs </li></ul><ul><li>125+ City Managers </li></ul><ul><li>500+ Contract Specialists </li></ul>
  9. 10. Support “ is a great community site for public servants. It's pretty much their Facebook.” – Craig Newmark Founder of “ New technologies and social networks such as GovLoop are great for cross-agency collaboration and public-private partnerships.” - Beverly Godwin, GSA Director of and Former White House Office of New Media
  10. 11. Accolades <ul><li>Finalist: 2009 Intergovernmental Solutions Award </li></ul>Honored Featured
  11. 12. All Kinds of Groups
  12. 13. All Kinds of Activities
  13. 14. All Kinds of Involvement
  14. 15. Incubation
  15. 16. Incubation
  16. 17. International
  17. 18. France
  18. 19. What I’ve Learned about Community Building <ul><li>It’s REALLY REALLY Hard </li></ul><ul><li>Most people fail </li></ul><ul><li>There’s a talent/skill </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>There’s a difference between just doing it and doing it well </li></ul><ul><li>Many similar reasons to why conferences or associations or magazines succeed/fail </li></ul>
  19. 20. How to Engineer an Awesome Online Community <ul><li>Find a Great Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Define scope and success </li></ul><ul><li>Give it resources </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to target members </li></ul><ul><li>Treat everyone like a guest </li></ul><ul><li>Need great content </li></ul><ul><li>Remind remind </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and metrics </li></ul><ul><li>Make it fun </li></ul>
  20. 21. What Problems are You Trying to Solve? <ul><li>Grants Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition Research </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Partner Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit to Gov’t </li></ul>6. Decrease Citizen FAQs 7. Increase Innovation 8. Increase Revenue 9. Replicate Best Practices 10. ??? Tell Us?
  21. 22. What Problem Are You Trying to Solve? <ul><li>SEND US YOUR PROBLEM AND WE’LL SEND YOU THREE IDEAS </li></ul>
  22. 23. What You Can Do? <ul><li>Join Today and Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for Help </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to Be Community Leader </li></ul><ul><li>GovEngage – Helping government communicate/collaborate </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Steve Ressler </li></ul><ul><li>President and CEO </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@GovLoop </li></ul><ul><li>202 445 0084 </li></ul>Questions