I was fortunate enough to visit Delaware on a recent Trust Summit trip, thanks to Lee Mikles and The Archer Group. Then, Whitney Hoffman connected me into people like Ken Grant and others, who thought it’d be good to meet Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell for a chit-chat about where things are going and what they’re into. It was shot by Chris Stout, who’s quite the artsy camera person, as you can tell.
Here’s the video:
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I’ve spent time with Texas Governor Rick Perry, as well (thanks to Tim Hayden), and what I’ve found is that state governors get the value of social media, and they understand how it opens up a lot of opportunities for the people to reconnect and help develop the state together, instead of in the old format of “governor speaks, you agree or disagree, you complain and don’t feel heard, repeat). The new way? People listen.
Quick side note: some of my favorite learning about how the US government is using social media comes from posts by Craig Newmark (of craigslist fame). He’s doing some great stuff, and reporting some wonderful new initiatives. Me? I’m just a tourist in the Gov2.0 movement. But I’m interested, and you might be, as well. There are many more people talking about it if you read these searches on Twitter.
Where will it go next? What’s your take? Non-US folks: what’s the story where YOU are?