I headed over to Granicus’ SoMa offices last night to join in a local planning meeting for an SF Bay Area open government summit. Eight of us discussed a local event as part of a U.S.-wide series of municipal-level summits to organize around and promote themes of transparency, participation and collaboration in government.
In the spirited discussion, organizers discussed aims for the May event, such as:
- Telling stories of why transparency, participation and collaboration matter for local government and community;
- Highlight best practices from local governments;
- Create greater awareness of the open government principles;
- Foster better inter-governmental cooperation.
Based on the discussion around this summit, I suspect that CityCampSF, a loosely organized group that put on an unconference last October, will sharpen its focus to promote informal meetups around civic innovation and organization of volunteers and stakeholders around technical solutions for improving government engagement and efficiency.
One of the goals of OpenSF is to encourage more city workers to engage around Gov 2.0 principles of working directly with volunteers and community stakeholders to create agile solutions, and to increase two-way communication through social media.
Find our more about how to get involved in planning the opengov summit in the Bay Area, or in your community, at the OpenGov Playbook wiki.
Also, learn more about Gov 2.0 and the modern definition of Open Government on this collaborative Google document.