Do People Really Want Participatory Government?
President Obama’s Open Government Directive established a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Federal agencies were required to expand citizen participation, leading to an abundance of dialogs, town halls, dashboards, open data, challenges, and other ways for people to collaborate with the government.
In the past year, public participation seems to have decreased. Is the government using the wrong methods or has public interest naturally declined? What impact will this have on the upcoming election cycle and future civic forums? Join the conversation and let the government know how you want engage. If you just want to be left alone and only interact with the government when you need to renew your passport, that’s fine too. We want to hear your thoughts.
Jed Sundwall is the president of Measured Voice. At Measured Voice, he has developed social media strategies for USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, The World Bank, PayPal, and Unilever.
His work at Measured Voice has been mentioned in The New York Times, LA Times, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Talking Points Memo, and O’Reilly Radar.
He lives in San Diego and spends his spare time surfing, battling Internet addiction, and cooking for his wife.
Michelle Chronister is a program analyst in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration. She works as a web content and social media manager for USA.gov, the U.S. government’s official web portal.
Michelle recently completed the Presidential Management Fellows program which attracts outstanding candidates from a variety of academic disciplines to federal service. She has a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.