Having enjoyed co-hosting the Public Services 2.0 event over in Brussels last week with David Osimo and Lee Bryant (video of the event now available), this week Justin and I will be heading out to Washington DC to reprezent for the UK GovWeb scene at Government 2.0 Camp, a 500 (yes 500) strong BarCamp event for US GovWeb geeks and policy wonks.
As the publicity for the event says:
Government 2.0 Camp is the unconference about using social technologies (aka web 2.0/social media tools) to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative U.S government on all levels (local, state and federal).
Government 2.0 Camp will bring together the leading thinkers from government, academia and industry to share Government 2.0 initiatives that are already in process and collaborate about Government 2.0 ideas that are already in process and collaborate about Government 2.0 ideas that are currently just visions.
Yes I know what you’re thinking. We’re not U.S. government types, but the organisers have been good enough to let some Brits in to learn from what’s going on Stateside and hopefully return the favour by providing an insight into what is going on over here.
And while we’re at it, I thought what better opportunity to stay true to my word and work with Director Ivo Gormley to get his cutting edge film, Us Now, in front of some of the movers and shakers in the US GovWeb scene. In fact, this will be the first viewing of Us Now in the US so it’s very exciting for all involved.
After the film, I will be hosting a panel discussion featuring friends of FutureGov Zack Tumin (Harvard Kennedy School of Government) and co-founder of Government 2.0 Club Mark Drapeau, alongside Ivo.
If you’re heading to the Camp, the film is scheduled for 4-6pm on Friday 27th March in the main venue so make sure you drop by.