We at Government Futures believe that dramatic changes are needed if the federal government is going to deliver on the future policy, services, and security needs of this country. We see two emerging trends that will drive the necessary changes. Government Futures' role is to highlight the convergence of those trends and to build a community of thought leaders that will enable people and organizations to understand and shape the future.
Seizing Emerging TrendsThe first trend is emerging in the government-industry marketplace. We see major changes coming in relationships within government and between government and industry.
Change is in the wind.
The second trend is Web 2.0, which has a central tenet of embracing the power of the web to harness collective intelligence. Think about the Open Source model, Google, eBay, Amazon, and add on the social networking phenomena like blogs, wikis, Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, and YouTube. The collaboration environment is exploding and there are unprecedented new avenues for individuals and organizations to absorb, analyze, and disseminate information.
Building a Community of Thought Leaders
The principals and contributing bloggers at Government Futures, have extensive experience in the government-industry marketplace. We know there is an amazing reservoir of knowledge, creativity, and commitment in this community. But that reservoir has not been tapped as an integrated body of intelligence and wisdom to drive wise change. That is what Government Futures is addressing.
Government Futures is an open space for the thought leaders in the community to build collective intelligence around tough issues. Thought leaders can express their ideas through blogs, collaborate with each other on complex issues with blogs and comments and explore trends with polls and surveys. Together we'll share information, learn from each other, imagine, and work through thorny issues. The intelligence collected will be available to everyone.
Shaping the Future
Government Futures knows that information alone cannot drive real change and shape the future. Actions by individuals and organizations foster or impede change. Government Futures' role is to enable the community to think about what those actions may be and bring together the people willing to take the necessary actions.
Our focus is in eleven community areas: National Security (including Homeland Security, Intelligence and Immigration), Health Care, Financial Recovery, Energy & Environment, Transport, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Federal Procurement, IT/Cyber Security, Education, Policy & Legislation and Other Interesting Stuff (OIS).
We at Government Futures are dedicated to honesty, mutual respect, and the highest ethical standards. We have built Government Futures to unleash the joint energy and capabilities of this community, in service of our country and the future. Please join us.
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Feb 26, 2009 ... Peter Suber at Harvard University on the Future of Open Access.
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