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Moving toward smart and open governments - what nonprofits need to know

Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, January 31, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) hosts roundtables every other Friday afternoon. These are informal 
discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

Our featured speaker on January 31st will be Michael Ahn, who is an assistant professor from McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  This session will focus on the latest advances in e-democracy and e-government.

Michael argues that current structure and process of modern bureaucracy cannot survive under the weight of our rapidly changing society.  He suggests a new model of public administration where emerging technologies such as Web 2.0 and SNS serve as a new platform of collaboration between government and citizens, nonprofit and private sector entities.  Current technological trends allow a transition from the traditional hierarchical and top-down bureaucratic model of public administration to a collaborative decision-making and solution-seeking model involving various actors in society.  The Roundtable participants will have an opportunity to discuss a big picture of the change taking place in the public sector and find opportunities for nonprofits in this broader transition.

This session should be helpful to nonprofit professionals in at least two ways:

  1. Nonprofit organizations that use online activism, organizing, and advocacy in support of their missions can learn more about how government is changing, and about how to be more successful in influencing lawmakers and policy makers.

  2. Many nonprofit organizations that are facing difficulties as the information age changes the way that they approach management and collaboration. They can benefit from lessons learned from the successes and failures of government bureaucracy, and apply those lessons to their own internal challenges.

Here's a little bit more about Michael:

Michael J. Ahn is an assistant professor in the department of public policy and public affairs at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. The primary focus of Michael’s research is exploring how Information Technology (IT) affects the government in government performance, accountability and political dynamics and how IT can be used to improve public service and democratic responsiveness.  In the past, Michael has examined how e-government can be strategically used to enhance the executive power of the elected officials over government bureaucracy and the legislature, how the changing information environment from texts-based communication to image and video-based communication (such as YouTube) affect the communication and implementation of public policies, and how “political outsiders” (governors) in the state government strategically pursue Web 2.0 applications more actively than those who are “political insiders.”  Currently, Michael is examining the emergence of Web 2.0, SNS, and their implications on government in search of a new public administration paradigm.

Michael is currently serving as the president of American Society for Public Administration - Massachusetts Chapter and the president for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECOPA) - a regional conference of American Society for Public Administration.

Please note that session will not be a sales pitch for any product or service; it will be an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending.  We are running a very popular series in a very small conference room, so a definite answer is real help to us.

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn  |  Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place  |  South Boston, MA  02127
617.504.8188  |  888.527.9333 Fax |

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Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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