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With the People: How to Partner with the Outside to do Better Government Together


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Much of the current thinking in civic technology involves the idea of “getting technologists to come to government.” But what about the other way around? Even when the government has successfully engaged with technologists, how can we as a government IT agency “get out there” to show that we are available, can be great partners, and that the technology community should engage with us?

This talk will discuss the strategy for outreach and engagement work that MassIT has done with the tech community in Boston over the last year. I’ll go over our intentions, what’s worked and what’s fallen flat, and describe some best practices for how to be a great evangelist of government.

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With the People: How to Partner with the Outside to do Better Government Together

  1. 1. With the People How to Partner with the Outside to Do Better Government Together Sam Hammar Director of Strategic Partnerships, MassIT Commonwealth of Massachusetts @samhammar
  2. 2. The Partnership Strategy Money. Power. Respect.
  3. 3. I am Sam.
  4. 4. Three Acts 1 New Cultural Foundations 2 The Insider’s Journey to the Outside 3 A Survival Guide
  5. 5. Act One: New Cultural Foundations
  6. 6. GET OUT!
  7. 7. Get in the game
  8. 8. All are equal and invited
  9. 9. Make work fun, darn it.
  10. 10. Leadership is core.
  11. 11. Act Two: The Insider’s Journey to the Outside
  12. 12. Act Three: A Survival Guide
  13. 13. Don’t be scared. You are not alone.
  14. 14. Always be nice. It is a VERY small world.
  15. 15. Always bring a friend and have them headline.
  16. 16. Try not to work at your desk for too long.
  17. 17. Surround yourself with like-minded people
  18. 18. Keep a list of dreams.
  19. 19. Now, it’s your turn. Find a new friend and a new way to work together.
  20. 20. Thank you SO much!