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Portable, Better, & Just-in-time Government: PB&J Gov 2.0

Government & Citizens, The Global Brain

Collective Intelligence for Better Living

Better living Collective Intelligence is a shared intelligence that emerges from the collaboration and competition of citizens and government focused on common goals together and appears in consensus decision making.  This Collective Intelligence is what forms the Global Brain that helps decision makers discover what they need to know rather than what they think they need to know.  The concept of a Global Brain is the “value goal” of Government 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, and is the core of most non-profit organizations.

Where is this “Global Brain”?

Brains can be extremely complex. The cerebral cortex of the human brain contains roughly 15–33 billion neurons, perhaps more, depending on gender and age,  linked with up to 10,000 synaptic connections each.  Each cubic millimeter of cerebral cortex contains roughly one billion synapses.  These neurons communicate with one another by means of long protoplasmic fibers called axons, which carry trains of signal pulses called action potentials to distant parts of the brain or body and target them to specific recipient cells.

Some might imagine this “Global Brain” being locked up by the government miles below the earth’s surface surrounded by lead clad cement walls 10 feet thick.  The reality is, the Global Brain is actually free and in the open.  Part of this Global Brain is in that woman you saw at the coffee shop, another part is in her child.  Another part is in that old man you saw on your way to work.  The Collective Intelligence of the Global Brain is easily surfaced through the internet on the world wide web.  An example of this Global Brain is  people collaborating through Web 2.0 technologies to improve their neighborhoods, cities, states, countries, and planet.  This is where we recognize the value of Government 2.0 through Citizen engagement.

What is Government 2.0?

The future of our society and the government is looking very exciting, but before we look at where we are going with Government 2.0, lets take a quick look back.  The term “Government 2.0” is derived from the term “Web 2.0″.  The term “Web 2.0″ was made popular by Tim O’Reilly, but may of been actually used first by Darcy DiNucci in this “Fragmented Future” article for Print Magazine in 1999.  “The relationship of the Web 1.0 to the Web of tomorrow is roughly the equivalence of Pong to The Matrix.  Today’s web is essentially a proto-type — a proof of concept.” ~Darcy DiNucci.  Darcy goes on to urge developers to think about smaller screens, minimal storage, nonexistent keyboards, several other information design considerations.  The article refers to supporting standards for apps, widgets, and gadgets to enable third-party development (This is very important for the “Internet of Things”). Darcy also mentions the book, “Pentagram” by Randall Rothenberg, a collection of 50 case studies completed since 1993 by the prestigious Anglo-American design consultancy partnership.  Web 2.0 is the use of web-based technology to facilitate participation.  Government 2.0 is the government’s use of web-based technology to engage citizens and facilitate participation.  The real definition of Government 2.0 will be defined by citizens.  Learn more about how surprise, experimentation and solutions have helped to define Gov 2.0 in “The Three Phases of Government 2.0” by Mark Drapeau (@cheeky_geeky).

What if Government was a Lean Startup?

Doing More with Less

Government agencies and large corporations can learn a lot from non-profit organizations and small business.  Organizations like the Red Cross (@RedCross),  All Hands (@AllHands), and many more can accomplish amazing things through collaborative efforts with little resources.  This includes communities supporting local food banks and other social services through neighborhood churches and local organizations.  These are people taking local action affecting global impact.  The world, as we know it can be transformed by applying these principals to government.

What is PB&J Gov 2.0?

A Portable, Better, & Just-in-time Government (PB&J Gov 2.0) is possible through Citizen engagement.  Pew Research Center’s study, “Rise of the ‘Apps Culture‘” shows the widespread embrace of mobile technology has come the development of an “apps culture”.  This trend puts a rich set of communication options at our fingertips.  These new communication options enable citizens to instantly report potholes, track public transportation schedules, and many more as described in this article by Alex Howard (@digiphile) “Citizensourcing smarter government in New York City“.

The concept of Open Government and Gov 2.0 is not unique to the United States of America.  Gov 2.0 is very much alive in the United Kingdom.  People in India are also embracing this idea “Gov 2.0 and Open Government Take Root in India“.

Today’s applications no longer require endless lines of code, just take a look at these fun game apps created with under 10 kilobytes of code.  The ability of mixing data to bake incredible new things is becoming easier with all the SDKs, APIs, and tools and other countless resources.  Examples of very helpful apps created by people from all walks of life are available in App Stores popping up everywhere.  Great apps are also available in Google’s Enterprise App Store.

Portable Government

Today’s government is becoming much more portable.  The adoption rate and security improvements of mobile devices enables communication anytime from anywhere.  Apps, widgets, and gadgets on these devices support collaboration as needed in “real world” situations.

Better Government

Top leaders in the world surround themselves with smart people that are very good at specific tasks.  Most government leaders do this too, but why stop there?  Why not “Citizensource”?  Citizens have a vested interest in what the government is doing.  Citizens can also surface new ideas and a diverse group will reduce the risk of “Groupthink“.

Just-in-time Government

The collaborative effort of citizens and government working together to solve local and global problems will reduce costs and improve response time.

PB&J Gov 2.0 is the process of harnessing the power of collective intelligence to solve real world issues.  Putting together solutions should be as easy as making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
 

The Processing Power of the Collective Intelligence Brain

Kevin Kelly in this TED Talks video presentation, shares mind-boggling information on how the web compares to a human brain (HB).  “The World Wide Web is amazing, but yet we are not amazed.” He explains how the power of the web in 2007 equaled one Human Brain (HB). He goes on to explain, with the current growth rate, how it will equal 6 Billion Human Brains (HB) by 2037. The total processing power of our collective intelligence through the web will exceed the total processing power of all humanity by 2040.  Another important take-away from this video is how EVERY device in the world will be connected to this one machine/brain we know as the world wide web. These devices (computers, phones, watches, chips, …) are just mere windows (portals) to the collective intelligence brain of the world wide web. Some organizations and government agencies are harnessing this power with the use of “Cloud Computing”.   This brain speaks to us with Apps, Widgets, and Gadgets through it’s languages of XML, RSS, API, RDF, OWL, and SPARQL. Kevin Kelly gives us plenty to think about in this TED Talk video here.

 

How to get Involved with Government 2.0

There are many creative ways to get involved with Government 2.0,  shaping the future of government and improving lives.  Here are just a few to get the imagination started, I hope people add more through the comments here.

Government 2.0 Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

“It Takes A Village”

During a camping trip in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains my friends and I talked about our childhoods while walking through the wilderness.  When I was a child, my friends and I would play outside all day on Saturday.  When we needed something (usually food), we would just go to a friend’s house nearby.  It was nice to have several “home bases” to get what we needed for our mission of the day.  I liked stopping by Steve’s home the most.  His mom made the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  These amazing BP&J sandwiches were made with loving hands and had just the right amount of my favorite peanut butter and jelly.  She would cut these tasty sandwiches into triangles of delicious goodness and I would savor every bite. The recipe is pretty simple, but there was something magical about how Steve’s mom put it together.  Our neighborhood was more like a village where everyone pitched in to help keep the community healthy. productive, and strong, as in “It Takes a Village” ~Hillary Rodham Clinton. United States Secretary of State

Gov 2.0 Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

There is something magic about Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.  Anyone can make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich and the ingredients are readily available.  This is similar to Government 2.0 Apps, anyone can make one and the ingredients are readily available.  Examples of this can be seen at Code for America. Their Data Camps are attracting people from all walks of life that are interested in improving the neighborhoods and cities in which they live. New apps, widgets, and gadgets were created from http://data.seattle.gov and can be reviewed at “Data Camp Seattle: Northwest Gov 2.0 Geeks Make it Look Easy“.  These type of events are happening all around the country and around the world.  Creating a Gov 2.0 App is now easier than making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

Government 2.0 PB&J: Portable, Better, & Just-in-time Gov 2.0

PB&J Sandwich PB&J Gov 2.0
Peanut Butter: The meat in this tasty goodness. Data: The meat in this tasty goodness. http://www.data.gov, http://www.usa.gov, http://www.census.gov, …
Jelly: The sweetness that makes the Peanut Butter more enjoyable. Available in multiple flavors: Grape, Strawberry, Raspberry, … User Interface: The sweetness that makes the Data more enjoyable. Available in multiple flavors: jQuery, Ext JS, YUI, GWT, Scriptaculous, Prototype, ZK,  …
Bread: The Portable Container baked with various types of flour: Whole-wheat, Spelt, Gluten, … Allows grabbing this tasty goodness on-the-run & sharing with others. Apps, Widgets, Gadgets, and Plug-ins: The Portable Container baked with various types of programming languages, APIs, & Frameworks: Java, PHP, ASP, Presto Cloud, Yahoo Pipes, Grails, … Allows grabbing this tasty goodness on-the-run & sharing with others.

Learn more about Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets and Widgets Specifications here, “Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets, & Widgets in the Enterprise”.

Tim Berners-Lee: Get Data on the Web

http://www.ted.com 20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee ( @timberners_lee ) invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he’s building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

Washington, DC Increases Government Transparency with Google Apps

Vivek Kundra, United States Chief Information Officer (CIO) makes some good points about government technology and apps in this video.  Learn more about Google Apps for Government here and about secure applications to meet the needs of government (FISMA certification) here.

Better Living One City at a Time

Code for America: Leaders from technology and government, including Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone, Aneesh Chopra, Caterina Fake, and Tim O’Reilly, ask you to apply to be a Code for America fellow and help bring the innovation and culture of the tech industry to city government.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

Can You Imagine?

Can you imagine Tim O’Reilly ( @timoreilly ) on stage wearing a “Banana Suit” and singing the “Peanut Butter & Jelly Time” song at the next Gov 2.0 Summit event or the next Gov 2.0 Expo event?  The funny thing is, I think he would do it, if it would get more people to adopt the strategy of “Government as a Platform“. What do you think? Lets make more PB&J Gov 2.0!

Can One Idea Change the World?

How can one idea make a difference?  Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s Shoes is a good example of how one idea can change the world.  He and his network have provided shoes for about a million children around the world.  He is one of the Keynote Speakers at this year’s South by Southwest (#SXSW) Conference.  This event jam packs the best of the best, just look at this amazing schedule.  Here are a few events that stand out:

South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.  This is a huge event where beautiful people will be sharing amazing ideas, so here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable.

20 Tips You Must Know Before SXSW 2011

These great tips for enjoying the pleasures of SXSW were provided by Dave Delaney ( @davedelaney ).

It Does “Take a Village”

People are discovering the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networks is rapidly decreasing the degrees of separation.  The “six degrees of separation” is now looking more like “four degrees of separation“.  People have more power now, than ever before to work together in new innovative ways to solve every day problems.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” ~Gandhi

(See the Gandhi link for a very interesting story display of Wikipedia’s information, powered by Qwiki)

Government 2.0: Opening Doors For Citizen Engagement

Open Government: Listening and Learning Together

GovGirl on Government 2.0

Kristy Fifelski walks viewers through what’s hot in online government.  She covers #gov20la and #QRCode in this video.

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2011 #gov20la

It’s not about us and them, it’s about “We The People“.  Government 2.0 is about improving efficiencies across Government Agencies and empowering Citizens.  The Open Government movement includes local government, federal government, and multiple government agencies around the world.  Citizen Engagement is a key goal of Government 2.0.  People continue to gather in local neighborhoods and around the world to work together on ideas for improving Government and Citizen engagement.  I met Alan Silberberg, founder of Gov20LA a few years ago at one of the very first Gov 2.0 Camps in Washington, DC.  He recently hosted another gov 2.0 LA event and he shared his thoughts about the event in this article “Listening and Learning: Takeaways From Gov20LA 2011“.  Alan did a great job current and future state of Government 2.0, but this quote really stands out, “The explosion of open data is creating new pathways for entrepreneurs to attack centuries old problems“.

UPDATE: Feb. 21, 2011

Lovisa Williams wrote a great article about the Gov 2.0 LA event here.

Gov 2.0 LA: Digital Diplomacy, Blogging Ambassadors, Mobile and More at the Beach – Last weekend, I participated in the second annual Gov 2.0 LA event held in Santa Monica, CA.  This year’s event happened literally on the beach at the Annenberg Community Beach House. This is the second year I have helped Alan W. Silberberg plan the event.  Both years have been great for very… more

Voices from Gov2.0 LA: Lovisa Williams

The is a video from last year’s Gov 2.0 LA event, but it still applies today.  Lovisa Williams, @lovisatalk talks about the collaborative path forward for Government 2.0 in this video.

Innovation in Government Survey

Lovisa has a new survey available about Social Media and Government 2.0.  People can take a few minutes to fill out this survey and see the current results here “Innovation in Your Agency“.

Cities, Code, and Civics: “Enhanced serendipity”

Max Ogden of Code for America discusses taking “treasure troves” of government datasets to bring citizens and friends together in this MIT Tech TV video.

Government Data Stores Available

Data.gov is leading the way in democratizing public sector data and driving innovation. The data is being surfaced from many locations making the Government data stores available to researchers to perform their own analysis. Developers are finding good uses for the datasets, providing interesting and useful applications that allow for new views and public analysis. This is a work in progress, but this movement is spreading to cities, states, and other countries. After just one year a community is born around open government data.  Learn more here.

Gov 2.0 Summit

An enormous collection of great Government 2.0 videos and presentations are available from the Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 ExpoO’Reilly Media does a fantastic job at organizing these events and sharing information for moving forward.  I recommend attending their events and connecting with others to help navigate the path to the future of Government as a Platform.

Gov 2.0 Summit brings together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to the nation’s great challenges. In areas as diverse as education, health care, energy, jobs, and financial reform, there are unique opportunities to rethink how government agencies perform their mission and serve our citizens. Social media, cloud computing, web, and mobile technologies—all provide new capabilities that government agencies are beginning to harness to achieve demonstrably better results at lower cost.  Learn more here.

Happy Fav Five Friday!

5 Favorite Places

  1. How Open Data Initiatives Can Improve City Life – Major city governments across North America are looking for ways to share civic data — which normally resides behind secure firewalls — with private developers who can… more
  2. Open Source and Open Government Take the Stage at the State Department – Open source technology and collaborative models will matter in media, mapping, education, smarter cities, national security, disaster response and much more in 2011 and beyond. The success of open source in… more
  3. Government 2.0 Revisited – Government 2.0 is not only a hot topic at the moment, it is an important one. I believe that the use of social media applications is at a tipping point, moving from early innovators toward broader acceptance among government professionals… more
  4. Government Social Media: Five Questions for 2011 – The Federal government has made a good deal of progress toward being more transparent, collaborative, and participatory during the two years since President Obama took office. However, despite great strides, government… more
  5. Government 2.0: Let’s get on with it! – What a promise, what an opportunity.  Using social networking, modern tools, more effective delivery capabilities in order to… more

UPDATE: Feb. 21, 2011

Civic developers code for America on Presidents’ Day in DC – This Presidents’ Day, the day before George Washington’s Birthday, dozens of government technologists, data nerds, civic hackers and citizens from around the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland will join Code for America fellows for a datacamp at Big Window Labs… more.

Connect and Collaborate with others supporting this event by following this hash tag on Twitter: #DataCamp

Gov 2.0 Strategy & Trends

Connecting with others is a key part of a solid Government 2.0 Strategy.  There are plenty of people sharing their lessons learned, tips, and insights about Open Government.  Some of these very helpful people include: @IdeaGov, @lovisatalk, @BevUSA, @digiphile, @cheeky_geeky, and these Gov 2.0 Communities govloop and govtwit.  People can easily keep up with Gov 2.0 Strategy & Trends in this Government 2.0 Twitter List.

Google Apps lets you focus on your agency’s mission – not complex IT. Reliable web-based tools, certified by the U.S. government.  Learn more here.

Dedicate resources to your mission – not to IT infrastructure. Government agencies around the world use Google’s enterprise solutions — Google Apps, Google Earth & Maps, or the Google Search Appliance. Google helps take the hassle out of managing IT solutions, letting you focus resources on your core mission.  Learn more here.

Government 2.0: Code for America. Create. Collaborate.

Gov 2.0: Code for America. Create. Collaborate.

Apps For Citizens

Bringing innovation and culture of Tech to Government

Government 2.0: Code for America. Create. Collaborate. Leaders from technology and government, including Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone, Aneesh Chopra, Caterina Fake, and Tim O’Reilly, ask you to apply to be a Code for America fellow and help bring the innovation and culture of the tech industry to city government in this video

Learn more and apply now: http://codeforamerica.org/fellows

I support bringing innovation & culture of Tech to Government.

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Government 2.0 is Looking Sunny with a Chance of Clouds

Google Introduces Google Apps for Government

The Gov 2.0 Cloud Computing Green Light

Cloud Computing is internet-based resource virtualization that provides cost effective Software as a Service.

EMA projects cloud computing to be a $40-$50 billion industry by the end of 2011, growing to $160 billion by 2015 — predicting 100 percent growth each year for four years. [ Learn more ]

Google Apps is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government. The FISMA law applies to all information systems in use by U.S. federal government agencies to help ensure they’re secure. The federal government’s General Services Administration has reviewed the documentation of our security controls and issued an authorization to operate, the official confirmation of our FISMA certification and accreditation. [ Learn more ]

You can learn more about Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification & accreditation for Google Apps here.

Google Apps for Government released. What about the rest of us?

My new friend Brad McCarty wrote a great article about Google Apps for Government here.  He asked the question, “What about the rest of us?” Brad also has very interesting things to share on Twitter. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/BradTNW

Los Angeles chooses Google Apps

You can quickly see why Cloud Computing and Google App technology makes sense in this video.

What is Cloud Computing?

Salesforce does a great job of explaining Cloud Computing in plain English in this video.

Computing, a Quick Look in the Cloud

You can get a deeper look into Cloud Architecture in this Oracle Cloud Computing Strategy presentation.

How to Make Google Apps

This trend of Apps in Government and in the Enterprise is the one to watch.  The benefits of “App Stores” has already been proven by Apple, Google, and several other technology leaders.  You can get a good idea of how the Google Cloud works in this presentation.

What About Enterprise App Stores?

Sharing Enterprise Apps in a Secure Environment

An Enterprise App is most valuable when it is used by more than just the individual who created it. The real value of Apps is in their collaborative nature. To accelerate the reuse of Enterprise Apps, you need an Enterprise App Store. The App Store gives organizations a place where apps can be re-discovered outside of the immediate group that created the App. [ Learn more ]