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Startup.gov: Reworking Government Through Technical Innovation

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South by Southwest Interactive talk from Future15 session in 2011.

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Startup.gov: Reworking Government Through Technical Innovation

  1. 1. /* STARTUP.gov */ Sarah Granger - @sairy - #sxswgov
  2. 2. Components of Innovation <ul><li>New ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving </li></ul>
  3. 3. Obstacles <ul><li>Arcane leadership (or lack of) </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of change or loss of power; risk aversion </li></ul><ul><li>Closed doors </li></ul><ul><li>Limited access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Sluggish action & response, inefficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Bureaucracy, layers between leaders & public </li></ul>
  4. 4. Startup culture -> stimulating innovation <ul><li>Opportunity & challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to explore </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility & adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting, creative environment </li></ul><ul><li>Risk tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Openness & collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement </li></ul>
  5. 5. Inside out
  6. 6. Internally driven solutions <ul><ul><li>Open data initiatives: WHOpen Government Initiative, Data.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directives & leadership: executive Open Government Directive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing: State Dept. Intranet, @statedept </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge.gov: Apps for Democracy, Apps for Healthy Kids </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct social media engagement: Twitter, blogs, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crowd sourcing policies: citizens, public interest orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Citywide apps & datasets: Datasf.org, SF311.org, Crimespotting, CivicApps </li></ul>
  7. 7. Outside in
  8. 8. Externally driven solutions <ul><li>Improved access: Sunlight Foundation’s OpenCongress </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced productivity: FixMyStreet in UK </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling connectivity: OpenMeshProject & #openmesh </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities: GovLoop, Crisis Mappers </li></ul><ul><li>Information & education: GovFresh*, techPresident, O’Reilly Radar, Nextgov, #opengov #gov20 </li></ul><ul><li>Events: Transparency Camps, Crisis Camps, Personal Democracy Forum, Gov 2.0 Summit </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/Video: FedScoop, Gov 2.0 Radio </li></ul>
  9. 9. What would Yoda say?
  10. 10. Share. Inform. Participate. <ul><li>Encourage exchange of ideas across gov’t </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate cross-sector: public to private & vice versa – business, tech, military, NGO, academia </li></ul><ul><li>Remove road blocks (i.e. using USA API) </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for direct government to public engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Re-educate government employees and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient: change takes time </li></ul>
  11. 11. What’s at stake?
  12. 12. Start. Lead. Innovate. <ul><li>Sarah Granger, @sairy </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Technology, Media & Society, cftms.org </li></ul><ul><li>& PublicEdge, publicedge.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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