Wanted: A Gov 2.0 Conference That Doesn’t Chest-Bump but Which Engages Controversy


Gov 2.0 Summit, Washington, DC

"Success is a lousy teacher," Bill Gates once quipped. We learn so much more by studying our failures than we do by sipping champagne.

Sadly, this lesson seems to be lost on the organizers of Gov 2.0 conferences. As my colleague, Steve Radick, observes, we don't need another event to learn about the virtues of transparency or crowdsourcing; we need an event to learn how to secure and expand buy-in for these things from the C suite. Specifically, Steve suggests, we need to:

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Want to Appreciate Twitter? Live Tweet a Social Media Conference


Live Tweeting

A version of this blog post appeared on GovFresh, GovLoop, and K Street Cafe on July 25, 2009.

By now, it’s a cliché that Twitter has real-world value. Yet if you really want to appreciate both the usefulness and hipness of microblogging, try participating in a social media conference where live Tweeting is not only encouraged, the Tweets also are displayed on JumboTrons flanking the on-stage speaker.

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