Local Government 2.0 - Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions

There are so many community building apps available today, it's possible to tailor a 2.0 solution or toolbox for just about any set of government problems and level of Web skills. So, here's my first pitch for a local government, all of which can be implemented at little cost and with little technical know-how:

1) Issue: Increasing the reach and buy-in for emergency readiness programs. Government 2.0 solution: Twitter EMS feed, with periodic manual updates. The handle would encourage users to enable SMS alerts, and would send out periodic tips and news, and supplement traditional sirens and radio emergency broadcasts. Model: @readydotgov Tool: Twitter.com

2) Issue: Desire to engage, but too many e-mails and phone calls for officials to manage effectively. Government 2.0 Solution: A social network for constituents to voice concerns, make suggestions and otherwise interact. Use of real names and zip codes discourages trolls and advances individual buy-in and protection of the community. Users can promote topics of most interest/urgency, and also answer each others' concerns and questions. Officials step in for harder questions or problems requiring legislative/administrative action. Model: GovLoop.com Tool: Ning.com

3) Issue: Lack of citizen participation in law-making; policies heavily weighted in favor of professional interest groups and lobbyists. Government 2.0 Solution: Open-wiki lawmaking, with the community rewriting and voting on in-progress legislation, and any lobbyist input clearly marked. Example: No Blank Check Letter Tool: MixedInk.com

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  • published this page in Blog 2008-12-17 19:22:55 -0500

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