Nesta’s Age Unlimited programme is looking to generate innovative new public services for people in their fifties. As part of the programme they recently had an event on ‘Seniors Cohousing’, which is an innovation in housing for older people. I went along and have to say I haven’t felt that inspired for a while…
My first blog of 2010 is to let you know about what is bound to be one of the big events of the year in the digital government world. I’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of the Programme Committee for the second installment of Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington DC, a much expanded, more diverse and more global committee compared to the 2009 edition.
If you are interested in sharing your Gov20/digital engagement story (read more about the event tracks here) the deadline for submissions is 6th January (ie THIS Wednesday – I know, sorry!) [read more]
So how does it feel to be apart of the “biggest, most diverse, politics and technology conference in the world?” (@misif) Well, let’s find out…. A big thanks for @FutureGov for giving me this brilliant opportunity! Let me just start of by saying, this is possibility the most important and impressive conference I have ever attended. This doesn’t just extend to the fact I had my long time dream come true, which is coming to New York City but also down to everything and anything that had to do with the conference.
A view from the US on a political system “in urgent need of a root-and-branch overhaul that restores the accountability of politicians — and of the government — to the people”.
Two weeks ago now (wow how time flies!) I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Washington DC at the eDemocracy camp and the Politics Online Conference. Hosted and organised by the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet (IPDI), I headed to the events eager to see how things had changed since my trip over last year given Obama’s intervening election. And they were again an honour to be part of, with the mood clearly having changed from excitement about all the possibilities ahead to enthusiasm for the reality of delivering the open government directive.
This weekend I’ll be flying to Washington DC to attend the Politics Online Conference. The line-up for the two day event looks fantastic! I’m especially happy to be there to support the screening of Us Now, which is a UK film about mass participation and collaboration directed by Ivo Gromley.
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.