Campaign: Your comments on our Open Government Plan

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Hi, Thanks for allowing citizens to provide feedback on your new OpenGov System. This is a great example of how democratic systems can improve not only information literacy at the state level, but also to improve collaboration at the federal level. As always, communicating change to the masses is often one of the state's toughest challenges, and with the OpenGov system, this may alleviate some of these barriers. ...more »

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Implement Best Practices for Open Government Solicitations

This is a great initial effort by the Department, but it doesn't tell users what they need to know before contributing. Any improvement on these points would improve this forum dramatically. (From http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/ten-things-to-monitor-as ) --- Expectation management: Is the agency clear about the scope of their participation initiative and their promise to the public? Do participants know what ...more »

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Segment the rating counter by 'agree' and 'disagree.'

The rating feature is good but it can be improved. Allow us to see what the total vote is and also what the votes are by 'agree' and 'disagree'. This way we can understand how well visitors appreciate the idea.

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Is it possible to visualize meme development over a time period?

I see that with each idea comes the option to enter tags. Most sites that allow tagging also allow visitors to visualize the data clusters with a tag cloud. Is this utility available? The second feature I'd like to see is how ideas, specifically memes as indicated by tags, develop over a period of time. Is it possible to have a search utility, sorted by date, that shows the rise or decline of a meme over a period ...more »

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Engaging with the public

Invite the creation of stakeholder forums. For once, use a positive 'pyramid scheme'. Get interested people to head up a small group of say, five friends. Get those friends to do likewise and so on. Don't make it onerous. Suggest they meet once a month over coffee or a barbecue to discuss a specific topic or issue of concern. Let them choose 'syndicate' names. Invite them to share the outcome and thoughts on your site. ...more »

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OpenState v2.0: A Next Gen Opensource/Opensocial Portal

A pilot project to build a next-gen State Department portal for the Federal Community Cloud. The idea is to build a suite of opensocial portals, one at each Federal Agency, based on The Open Stack that will enable communication with all opensocial partners.

 

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http://tinyurl.com/yks78pg

http://bit.ly/cUrTv8

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Issue-Oriented Organization and Participation

One of the problems with large organizations of any sort is their compartmentalization, and the failure of the various component part to communicate with one another. Rather than organizing public input around specific departments, agencies, and bureaus, why not organize it around the issues that effect each. In this way, no matter what government department, agency, or bureau a government employee might work for, he ...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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Open Recovery.Gov Site for International Disaster Response

In collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners (ex. American 501(c)3 nonprofits), the Department of State should develop an integrated "acquisition and procurement" platform for international disaster response. Modeled on Recovery.Gov, the platform should support the unique needs of the international disaster response community, especially financial and gift-in-kind donations (ex. materials or personnel) ...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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Advance Open Diplomacy in Parallel with Open Government

The U.S. Government should invest significant resources to advance the concept of open diplomacy. This new construct would rely heavily upon the U.S. Government’s existing e-diplomacy and public diplomacy tradition. However, it would not be limited to these disciplines. Open diplomacy would serve as the overall diplomatic strategy for the country - placing new emphasis on: 1) increasing transparency, promoting openness, ...more »

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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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