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Young Diplomat Program

The Department of State should develop a Young Diplomats contest program for American students. The program would provide students with the opportunity to advance their understanding of the core topics and issues relevant to the foreign service (similar to the National Geographic Bee for geography). The program would run for the entire academic school year and rely on long-term engagement with students. The program would... more »

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Promote the Development of Web 2.0 Solutions

The Department of State has a strong record of experimentation with Web 2.0 technologies. This includes creating a number of social networking sites (ex. Exchanges Connect and State Alumni Network), participating in virtual communities (ex. Second Life), and launching mobile applications (ex. Haiti widget). Of these various examples, the ones with the most impact are those that leverage public - private partnerships (ex.... more »

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Social Media Platform for International Disaster Response

The Department of State should establish a social platform that enables real-time, two-way feedback between crisis victims and international disaster responders. The platform should integrate with existing social media platforms (ex. Twitter) and be mobile device enabled. The platform should be easily customized for any crisis and rapidly deployed following the on-start of the crisis. [*By establish, the Department could... more »

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International Disaster Response Data Set for Data.Gov

State Department - in collaboration with other relevant executive branch partners (ex. DHS, NGA, DoD, NASA) - should publish a comprehensive set of normalized, geo-coded data sets for all high-value data and information related to international (and domestic) disaster response. The data repository should be published as a set of data sets on Data.Gov. The data sets should contain contextual information to aid in their... more »

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Send a team of diplomatic recruiters to schools & local TV

We send armed forces recruiters around to the schools, why not send out diplomatic recruiters too? Why not do some interviews on the tv channels to education people. Most kids and US citizens, for that matter, have no idea about foreign service officer careers unless they grew up in a family of diplomats. I constantly come across kids in university that have no clue about the possibility of a diplomatic career or what... more »

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Data Framework for Third Party Disaster Response Practitioners

State Department - - in collaboration with other relevant executive branch partners (ex. DHS, NGA, DoD, NASA) - should publish a data standard for disaster response data sets produced by third parties, including academic researchers, state and local governments, foreign governments, corporations, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The data standard should enable disaster responders to... more »

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Standardize embassy and bureau social media

I've noticed that several embassies have social media presences but that their info is not aggregated into one place on State's web site. Why not sort and list it in an easy-to-view place based upon region/bureau to make it easier for the public to interact with DoS? Also, there should be a standard naming scheme in saying Twitter feeds such as usembassy_paraguay, instead of the embassy in Paraguay currently being called... more »

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Cultural Community to Build Bridges between U.S. and Foreigners

The Department of State should develop a vibrant cultural exchange community that enables Americans to introduce their culture to foreigners on a personal level. The site should prioritize visceral multimedia content and encourage deep interaction between users. This can be accomplished by enabling users to upload their own stories, pictures, and videos related to American culture alongside polished historical content... more »

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Consular Bias CR1 Visas in Africa

There have been a variety of verbal excuses given my Husband delaying / denying our CR1 Visa and neither of us have received written documentation or be given any direction. First it was the age difference, I am older, then it was my prior marriages, now it is that we didn't have a "cultural" wedding. Our second anniversary is in March 2012. The Consular has not adhered to their own documented regulations. They have not... more »

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Information associated with geographic areas as data sets

Make information associated with geographic areas available as a data downloads. In the data sets, links to pages on state.gov could be included in the row for unformatted information on a subject (e.g. general country information). Examples: Trafficking in persons: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/124799.htm Travel Warnings: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html Travel Alerts:... more »

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Contact Infromation Directory for Int. Disaster Response

In coordination with its global, regional, and local disaster response partners, the Department of State should maintain a standing directory of point of contact information for governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations by country. In event of a crisis, the Department should publish this directory in a machine readable form. The Department also should present the directory on a rapidly deployed... more »

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International Disaster Community of Practice

The Department of State should partner with other federal government(ex. DoD, USAID, USIP, etc.), intergovernmental (ex. UN), and non-governmental organizations to launch a community of practice for international disaster response. The community should enable peer-peer engagement between those most affected by international disasters, including political leaders, first responders, aid organization representatives, business... more »

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Disaster Management Data and Tools Collaboration Site

In partnership with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations, the Department of State should create an online collaboration site for the aggregation of all data sets, tools, and applications related to international disaster response. The aggregation site should present all of the government data sets for Data.Gov and enable third party entities to upload their data sets to the site. The site... more »

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(@megan.eskey1)

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Develop an OpenState 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 pace 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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