My O’Reilly interview at Gov 2.0 Expo in DC last week; please excuse the choppy quality, which seems to cut out 3-5 words every 30 seconds or so!
Video of my keynote address to Open Gov West, March 2010 in Seattle, about open government in the New York State Senate. Presentation slides are here. View the video on the Seattle Channel:
The New York State Senate gets a lot of bad press. There is, however, a great deal of work going on behind the scenes to help make the Senate as an institution more transparent, efficient, and participatory for the long-haul. This Spring, we’ll be telling that side of the #NYSenate story to audiences ranging from New York City high school students to Federal government executives.
March 4th: Presentation to Senator Liz Krueger‘s High School Civics Class at the Julia Richman Education Complex
March 10th: PACE University Political Science lecture
March 19th: Panelist for “Meaning of Open Government in the Digital Age” at the Open Government In the Digital Age Summit (organized by the New York State Office of the Chief Information Officer / Office For Technology)
March 24th: Presentation at Web 2.o For Government (organized by The New York Forum Emerging Technologies Working Group)
April 5th: Lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
April 9th: Presentation at PSFK New York
April 21st: Keynote Panel at Drupalcon San Francisco
Aprul 22nd: Government CRM talk at Civicon
April 28th: Government Transparency talk in the Capitol to staff of the Armenian Legislature (US State Dept International Visitor Leadership Program and International Center of the Capital Region)
April 29th: “Open Government” Panel at the 2010 CIO Academy (Organizing and Moderating)
May 4th: NYS Forum Government Cloud Computing Presentation
June 10th: Presentation of Open Legislation at the Personal Democracy Forum
July 23rd: Organizing “Getting to We.gov” panel at Netroots Nation
August 20th: Presentation at the second annual CapitolCamp in Albany
Webinar given with Acquia on how to use Drupal to meet Obama’s Open Government Directive… I start speaking about 20 minutes in; recording here.
The US General Services Administration invited me to DC to give a webinar about how we executed open government initiatives on NYSenate.gov using Drupal that closely mirror many of the requirements Federal Agencies now have to meet under Obama’s Open Government Directive. Listen to a recording of the webinar.
In April ’09 I gave a keynote about how we helped pilot new efficiency and collaboration strategies at the NYS Forum’s IT Greening Conference…
I’m excited about Open 311 DevCamp coming up on October 24th… Here’s what I hope we can map out at the event:
- How to allow 311 data to flow Local <–> State, enabling new 311 data to be sourced from constituents in NY State via NYSenate.gov, and also helping Senators to leverage 311 data to better serve their constituents.
- How to help smaller cities and towns in New York State to have a viable 311 service at low cost, potentially with State support and/or coordination.
Slides and audio from my Sept. ’09 “Governing Online” webinar for the New Organizing Institute. If you didn’t attend the webinar, NOI asks that you make a donation to get access to the content.
We need humor in these trying times– preferably didactic humor that gives us a new perspective or that makes us feel liberated and inspired. There are few clandestine organizations on Earth today who provide that too us as consistently and dramatically as The Yes Men.
Thanks to them, 1.2 million copies of newspapers appearing to be the New York Times appeared throughout New York and Los Angeles this morning. Reactions ranged from elation to shock to laughter as commuters read headlines such as “Iraq War Ends” and “Maximum Wage Law Succeeds” and advertisements purportedly from companies such as HSBC, which featured three identical pictures of Barack Obama in their famous triptych format with the captions “epoch-making – pivotal – squandered.” An online version visually identical to NYTimes.com was also created.
The Yes Men are famous for their past satirical impersonations of major enterprises such as The World Trade Organization, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. They typically use fake websites and impersonate senior representatives of enterprises they wish to spoof at public events. To my knowledge, this is the first time they have produced a physical spoof product and distributed it successfully throughout major cities.
Prior to Wednesdays “release” of the paper, a network of volunteers was recruited online. They were mobilized by text message Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to pick up sets of newspapers at central locations for broader redistribution.