We've written previously about the Obama Administration's Open Government Directive. Among other things, the Directive has led to a proliferation of innovative "ideas sites" across the federal agencies.
Here in the Washington area, the much-beleaguered local transit agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (a.k.a. Metro), has been running a sponsored message on the local NPR affiliate, WAMU. It goes something like, "... announcing new buses, new routes, and a new corporate culture based on responsibility." Now I am not trying to pile onto Metro, as this is clearly copy that came out of their PR shop, but the last bit always makes me laugh.
Apple's new iPad tablet computer has spawned some mixed reactions. Some over-hype it as "magical" and "transformative." Others have criticized its weight, lack of Flash support, or closed architecture.
This month, Forum One and Autodesk hosted a panel titled, "Social Media for Social Impact" during Social Media Week in San Francisco. We had the privilege of having four panelists who each told a story demonstrating how the social web had empowered communities around social causes.
We have described previously on this blog how Forum One approaches social media in general, as well as our experience with SlideShare and Scribd. In this post, we'll discuss the current glamour child of social media, Twitter.
A number of federal agencies are experimenting with fascinating approaches to online public engagement, even in the absence of specific guidance about how they should approach such online opportunities.
Many of our clients at Forum One produce large numbers of PDF documents (reports, studies, policy briefs) which then are placed in a "documents" section on their web sites. The challenge these organizations face is then making these documents as widely accessed as possible.
One way to increase attention to documents is to use Scribd, a third-party document sharing site (or in shorthand, "YouTube for documents"). We have had good luck at Forum One using Scribd for our clients.
I want to tell you about a fantastic new (and developing) resource for congressional staff.
Back in September, Forum One was one of the sponsors of CongressCamp, an informal "barcamp" unconference here in Washington. For two days, attendees exchanged ideas on how social media and collaboration tools could increase citizen engagement with Capitol Hill.