Looking for a few great State and Local CIOs

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In my career I have known some amazing public sector CIOs. As I return to a leadership position in global public sector at Salesforce, I want to pay things forward and embrace the new set of public sector technology leaders.

If we were to embrace a few state and local governments to work with deeply, in particular on the benefits of enabling their entire jurisdiction as a social enterprise, who would you think would be best? I have worked with large countries, global cities, tiny villages, water districts and others. All I want is suggested leaders in locations with great promise.

Nominations?

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Calling all authors: guest blog on innovation in government #gov20 #opengov

 
We will be bringing the blog back to life this year. I know many of you contacted me earlier to present your ideas on this platform and now really is the time.
 
Send me a note and I would be glad to have you post as often as you have great content.  Send me a note at mattmiszewski@gmail.com. Or leave a comment on the blog, send me a note on Facebook, LinkedIn or twitter. 
 

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The New FixingPotholes

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As most of you know I am now SVP of Global and Strategic Accounts for Salesforce. I absolutely love the position as it puts our company at the forefront of radical and sometimes wrenching business process changes for our commercial customers. The dynamic involved is very familiar as I have been preaching about change for decades now and this gives me an incredible platform for which to continue those conversations.

The only slight change is that my focus is the board room and not an electeds office. It is a slight change only because the nature of the shift is the same. As they found out at Netflix and Bank of America, if you don’t listen to the constituents you will lose. Similar lessons in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and soon Syria. The parallels between the public sector and the commercial sector couldn’t be more obvious today. I am proud to be part of an organization preaching about the ability of all of us to embrace that change. To make it happen. To better the bottom line, to grow our economy and to bring our business much close to our customer.

I will be posting now from my own blog, FixingPotholes, without changing the name. The idea remains the same. Pay attention to stakeholder demands. Fix the small issues as they can quickly become large issues. And leverage the cloud as e best possible tool to make the social revolution one in which your customers benefit directly from your involvement.

Thank you all for sticking with me this year and for sticking with me through a much larger revolution in front of us all. As we bring our global economy out of the spiral it finds itself in. As we work as one globe to grow local and national economies. As we bring our customs intimately closer to our business. And we do so at the speed of light.

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We will win together, or fail individually: The #gov20 challenge

I love great movies (even when they are American Sports references, sorry to ll of our global readers).  I love great speeches.  I love motivation.  And I do so, because of many of the things inside this speech.  And the Government 2.0 movement is at this place, right now.

The founders of the movement toiled through years of being the minority, of gaining little attnetion.  Of margianialization.  And then, the 2008 American Presidential Election.

All of a sudden our points were made eloquent by one of our country’s best orators.  He laid down the open government directive gauntlet as a first step.  He appointed a rebel to CIO.  He embodied the revolutary mantra and ethic, surely this movement had arrived.

But an economic crisis interceded.  A healthcare challenge.  A midterm election disaster.  And questions abound.  About him.  About us.  About the movement.  We are down, a bit.  But we are far from out.

As Pacino says in the clip, the inches are all around us.  We just need to take them.  We need to shoulder on through the current controversy.  We need to ignore the charletans and those who might simply try to profit off of the momentum.  Igonre these market timers of the movement.  We need to have the guts to take what is our destiny, not just despite the odds against us, but becuase that opposition is there.

No gain made in life that is worth the effort happens without trial.  Without unbelievable effort.  And the best occur when we leave every last drop of sweat, every ounce of energy, every last bit of our passion out there on the playing field, and collapse, victorious.

As many of you who follow my blog know, I believe in both the Rebel and the Revolutionary.  This post is way on the Rebel side of the argument, but I am actively involved with the Revolutionary spirit.  I fight to invest, to deploy, to cajole, to plan and to create long term vehicles to help carry your message.  And I believe that our movemnt must embrace the cypherpunk ethic “Gov20′ers write code”.

We need even more of that.  In light of the criticism, deploy a solution.  Write an app.  Form a community.  Join a meetup.  Organize a Social Media group inside your government.  Deploy Citizen based systems that treat citizens like customers.  Drive performance metrics.

But most important, adopt a new point of view.  You see, while revolutions depend on great speeches that move masses of people to take some form of collective action…real revolution only happens inside individual people.  and, it is all that we, in fact, can control.  And the greatest point of all, it is completely within our own control.  Nobody can stop us from taking on a new point of view.  Your boss cant force you not to have it.  Your husband can’t stop you from thinking about it.  Lack of time in a day cant stop it.  Bad community leadership, a questioning press corps, FOIA requests, opposing political parties…none of them can touch it.  And even better, you can recommit to it each and every day, it costs nothing and you need no permission.

Lets start today.  And grab those inches.

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Internet of Things

 

Continue to be transfixed by the Internet of Things and its application within the Gov2.0 area. 

Can we utilize IPv6 addressing to make sure we categorize our public goods (streets, streetlights, parking meters, wheelie bins) and created sociable items out of each of them.  By design, can we make the public goods interactive and can we integrate citizen engagement technologies so that citizens can interact, in real time, with the public goods that they have helped to create (and fund)?

Internet of Things: Gov20

 But to be successful in the public sphere, we will need to do some things right that we have never been very good at.  We need to get governance right.  As we open up the public world to crowdsourced impact and potentially crowdsourced management of public goods, we need to ensure that communities are included in the planning, deployment and managment of these assets.

Internet of Things can be complex, but can it organize the public sector?

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The Internet of Things in Public

Continue to be transfixed by the Internet of Things and its application within the Gov2.0 context. 

Can we utilize IPv6 addressing to make sure we categorize our public goods (streets, streetlights, parking meters, wheelie bins) and created sociable items out of each of them.  By design, can we make the public goods interactive and can we integrate citizen engagement technologies so that citizens can interact, in real time, with the public goods that they have helped to create (and fund)?

Internet of Things: Gov20

Internet of Things can be complex, but can it organize the public sector?

But to be successful in the public sphere, we will need to do some things right that we have never been very good at.  We need to get governance right.  As we open up the public world to crowdsourced impact and potentially crowdsourced management of public goods, we need to ensure that communities are included in the planning, deployment and managment of these assets.

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UK: Boris on the Bikepath – New Green Citizen Services

London Mayor Boris Johnson is launching a city-wide bike rental program.  Shockingly few cities have already taken this simple step to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution locally.  It may seem like a small step, but it is all of these small steps that lead to a higher quality of life, driving national competitiveness.

London Mayor Boris Johnson:  Government Bike Rental in UK

London Mayor Boris Johnson: Government Bike Rental in UK

What would make it better?  Online health monitoring attached to your rentals?  Tracking your mileage?  Internal city-wide biking competitions monitored via the web?

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