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Update 6 Feb 09

Infrastructure. Information. Community.

Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for New Administration 5 Feb 09

on dot-gov: Transparency Requires Plain Language 2 Feb 09

White House Memo – Open Government Directive 26 Jan 09

GovLoop Group for Enabling Collaboration: Open Government Directive

Original 30 Jan 09

Government is Information. The basis of US Industry is Information. If we can perfect the model for the development, management, distribution, communication, storage and archival of information for Government, then we can provide a model to re-grow the economy, green the culture, and vastly reduce our addiction to foreign sources of petro chemicals (oil).

Government is Food. If we change the paradigm for food production away from fast food, which uses vast amounts of energy and oil, and sickens our population with sugar and fat, then we can significantly reduce our healthcare costs,  extend our environmental protection, and greatly reduce our need for foreign oil.

Step One:  Fix the Government

1. The Data Infrastructure needs a major upgrade in power and consistency, utilizing all the tools that are razor’s edge now, to bring organizations into standards that work and are secure.
2. Interactive and Collaborative methods must become part of the fabric of the organization from the top down. Part of this re-tool must include thinning out middle management bottlenecks, and empowering individuals as collaborative peers.
3. Green the Government: Telework (40%) must become mandatory for all positions where physical presence is not absolutely necessary. This includes managers. The state of consumer electronics has already proven this viable technically.  What are we waiting for?
4. We must Mobilize our legacy staff and Recruit from the talented pool that have been raised on Web 2.0. In the 30 odd years I’ve been an IT geek, no one ever learned how to help themselves with me around to bail them out. Listen to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and then walk around most any building in DC. The similarity is shocking.

Step Two:  Fix the People

Any of this sound familiar? Let me know. As we went on our monthly run for supplies at Walmart today, we walked among overweight young people, with bluetooth and 3G devices, piling up their baskets with products made from cheap subsidized sugar, vegetable oil and starch, made with energy from foreign oil. And beer and disposable diapers, for too many kids born to under-employed families. I am a childless older version of those, now diabetic, and now somewhat smarter, looking for good food that won’t kill me faster than the 40 years I spent drinking Dr. Pepper and eating at McDonalds. Of all the bounty in this modern market of deadly, cheap food, only about 23% can be eaten safely by a 60 year old white male with Type 2 Diabetes.

Step Three:  Give Peas a Chance

But don’t do this for me. Do it for yourself. And your kids that are so bright, and now have a real chance to grow up without the venom of a racist America to distract them from the incredible potential that shows in the face of children that want to grow up to become President. We really do now know that any of us can. LMAO. Steal This Blog!

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Web 2.0 (3D?) is a media-level improvement to a good communications tool – in a long line of improvements. Just as paper and ink are the media for both philosophy and pornography, so is the digital community of Web 2.0 a medium for the useful and useless, trivial and monumental. We can not blame the medium for the lack of message, but the community is the message, rather than the medium (McLuhan). As the community learns the power of the new medium, the level of creative involvement and utilitarian purposes will grow.

We are a pack species. Communicate and community have the same root, and Web 2.0 is about community in a virtual and digital sense. Even though we like to press the flesh at real life meetups, there is also a very strong sense of community in Web 2.0 as well. And it is growing. Eight months ago, I began blogging, networking, metaversing, tweeting, meeting. I have gathered a very active and robust core of new contacts and friends, and have reconnected with a few old treasures. Some of the connections I have never spoken with, or even emailed to, but only ‘friended’, or ‘tweeted’, or ‘myrled’. Is this real community? Yes, of course.

Marvin Argyle EverettAdding a note here about Marvin Argyle (1909-1990). He instilled in me the burning curiosity that got me here, and taught me the most important lesson in my life: “You don’t have to know all the answers. But you do have to know how and where to find them. Look it up.” He was a crossword puzzle freak, knowing at least 17 different 3 letter words for a river in India. Here’s a picture of him from a half a century ago. He would have loved the Internet, since he was the living analog predecessor of Google. I’ve often thought that if I had invented a gozillion dollar search engine, I would have named it marvinargyle.com.

Just as the revolution of papyrus made communication and writing more mobile and accessible to more people, so will Web 2.0 and 3D bring the community to power in the digital revolution we are experiencing today. I’m in awe. A thousand lyrics from a thousand songs come to mind. I can’t wait for the next wave of gamers, philosophers, poets, artists, musicians, thinkerers to help the merely mundane world to its feet and show us how to walk under the water and fly through space where no parachutes work, or are even needed. Let’s rodeo.

Also posted on Myrl ~ See Wonderpeeps for more of the pack.

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