How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?

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BlackHighlighter: Make Private Dialogue w/.gov *Mostly* Public

I'm so happy to see this crowdsourcing of ideas carried out in such a public fashion! But the particular idea I want to share is for cases when talking to the government requires a more delicate balance between transparency and privacy. So I'll describe a tool that strikes that balance, which I happen to have already written for you and want to give to you right now. :) The tool is a completely free and open source ...more »

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Develop an OpenOSTP Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the rate of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

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"It's a Wonderful Life."

Part of transparency, is helping people realize what they are looking at. If it weren't for NASA and the Manned Space Programs Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab. If it weren't for the competition with the Soviets, the world we know today wouldn't exist. NASA Spin-offs that we take for granted exist everywhere in our lives. Many of us owe our lives and the lives of our loved ones to advances directly associated with ...more »

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What do you need from us?

I've been looking through the OSTP web site, and there is a fair amount of information there. However, I do not get any impression that you need anything from the people. Instead, it clearly states that OSTP is attempting to further the President's agenda. If there is a genuine desire for public participation, perhaps some of the site should be reworded to questions, as opposed to statements. As a citizen, I have no ...more »

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more ...more »

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Prepare to Think Bigger

After agencies develop their open government plans, I recommend making the focus of open government more ambitious. Releasing some data sets and finding new ways to receive public comments is great, but so much more is possible. Transparency, participation, and collaboration bring new capabilities. New capabilities should open our minds to thinking bigger. Rather than just solving old problems in new ways, we ...more »

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