The summit begins soon! Here are the instructions for remote participation.
What: The Open Government Community Summit Series is an inter-agency collaborative event hosted by a different agency each month. Several working groups have formed out of previous workshops, and the focus for the final two workshops of 2010 is to actually build-- not just talk about-- the infrastructure (i.e. collective knowledge resources and standard operating procedures) necessary to sustain the open government community over the long haul.
This month's summit is generously hosted by NASA and facilitated by the Open Forum Foundation.
Note #1: Everyone is highly encouraged to bring a laptop to this event so we can experiment with some new online and in-person collaborative techniques.
Note #2: Due to security restrictions at this location, participants must be US citizens. Remote participation, however, will be robust and open to all.
When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 9am-2pm, with an additional opportunity for inter-agency co-working in the workshop space from 2pm-4pm ("co-working" means using a shared workspace to do your normal everyday work in the presence of people doing similar work from other agencies). We highly recommend you allow plenty of time to clear security in the morning.
Who: Federal managers implementing open government programs across all federal agencies, transparency advocates, participation advocates, and collaboration experts.
Where: NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. The closest metro stations are L'Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow Lines) and Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange Lines). Enter the building at the intersection of 4th and E Street SW.
Remote participants will be able to contribute ideas and shape the in-person workshop as it takes place. Final details will be emailed to registered remote participants on October 11th. We are committed to making this a highly engaging experience even for those that cannot be present in DC that day. The first hour of presentations will be streamed live; several of the breakout sessions that follow will be in a discussion format and have a 2-way audio feed. We'll also be using Google Docs for collaborative note-taking and brainstorming so that remote participants are as connected to the event as possible. Several of these techniques are experimental; it's open gov, so we're all learning as we go!
Mission of the Workshop Series:
- Help the open government community organize and gain momentum.
- Demonstrate that creating a collaborative environment within an agency can be done with minimal resources (this is a no-frills workshop series).
- Share knowledge across agencies and between the public, private, and non-profit sectors to address questions and challenges that span multiple agencies. All questions/challenges will be chosen by the participants from the public sector.
- Ensure all great ideas from the workshop are documented online for those that cannot attend.
- Be authentic. Come to share ideas.
- Take responsibility for your learning and the learning of those around you.
- Post great notes on the wiki. If your notes are not online, then they're not shared. If your ideas are not shared, then they're not changing the world :)
RSVP on this page by 9am on October 11, 2010.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your participation and continuing commitment.
Through personal experience, we've learned that the best way to understand collaboration is to experience it. Standard conferences are great for networking, but they aren't very collaborative. This workshop series has been designed by volunteers from the open government community to fill that gap, providing an opportunity for federal managers to experience the latest online and in-person collaborative techniques so that they can build them into the workplace.
- Over 650 people from 50+ federal agencies have participated in this workshop series since Nov '09.
- The previous seven workshops have been hosted by the US Department of Transportation, the US General Services Administration, the US Treasury, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The archived notes, video, and slides from some of the previous workshops are available here.
- Coverage on Twitter will be through the #opengov.
9:05am Lightning round of presentations from federal managers at NASA and other agencies
10:00am Collaborative Exercise and movement to the 2nd floor conference center
10:25am Choose the agenda for the afternoon
10:45am Small Group Discussions #1 (30 min)
11:15am Small Group Discussions #2 (30 min)
11:45am Small Group Discussions #3 (30 min)
12:15pm Wrap-up (15-min)
Breakout Session Format
- Quick round of introductions
- Define the question/challenge
- List possible answers/solutions
- Build on each other's ideas
- Discuss pros and cons
- Post great notes to the wiki !
When & Where
Various Organizing Partners
We're in discussions with several prominent OpenGov/Gov 2.0 organizations who can help make this event a success. If your organization is interested in partnering, please do not hesitate to reach out.