4 Takeaways from the Louisville Summit on Government Performance & Innovation

The first-ever national Summit on Government Performance & Innovation in Louisville, KY brought together the best and brightest innovation teams and civic leaders from around the county to collaborate on the ways to drive continuous improvement and better serve customers throughout the public sector. Leaders from Oakland to Boston covered a range of topics from… Read more »


The Power of Networks: Abhi Nemani on Joining GovDelivery & GovLoop as Civic Innovator-in-Residence

By Abhi Nemani, Civic Innovator-in-Residence at GovDelivery  As a student of civic technology for some years now, it’s rare that I come across numbers that stun me. I’ve grown accustomed to typical facts and figures echoed by players in the space: X engaged users, Y partner governments. Typically, you’ll see some breakouts but, like many things,… Read more »


10 Ingredients Missing in Federal Government Innovation

By Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop Innovation is the hot buzzword.  From local government innovation officers to a deputy CTO in charge of innovation, governments are more and more focused on innovation. But how do you really make innovation happen in government? What are the missing ingredients? I thought I’d take a stab at an answer so… Read more »


The Collaborative Economy: An Altimeter Group Research Report

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference where the keynote speaker, Jeremiah Owyang from the Altimeter Group, presented his latest research report, “The Collaborative Economy.” The premise of the report is that social technologies have changed everything from communications to marketing to customer care, which has brought us to an era of consumers… Read more »


The top 5 things Sharknado teaches us about great communication

Last week, one of the greatest cheesy movies of all time debuted on the Syfy channel. Sharknado. In case you missed it, here’s the premise. There’re lots of really big sharks in the ocean and they’re all really angry. Due to some weird weather, the sea level begins to rise in Los Angeles and a… Read more »


Hack for MN 2013

By Ben Ortega, Senior Software Engineer at GovDelivery On June 1st we celebrated the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a day dedicated to leveraging technology and open data to improve communities. Not satisfied with a typical single day event, our local civic-minded techies at Open Twin Cities organized Hack for MN, a weekend-long… Read more »


Innovation & Government: Don’t Be Intimidated by the Big “I” Word (Edison Wasn’t)

As I thought about the subject of these two words thrown together, I thought about different analogies I could use in order to put a fun visual to the idea. One thought that came to mind was imagining that Innovation and Government were high school kids in the hierarchy of popularity. Government might very well… Read more »


3 Ways Peer-to-Peer Services Will Rock Government’s World

Last week, I was able to attend the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.  This conference and community is about the present and future impact of digital technologies on our democracy.  While listening to many of the thought-provoking and passionate presentations, there were a few different ideas that really spoke to me. Here… Read more »


Insights for Government Organizations: Responding to Public Opinion with 2013 Trends

The results of a national survey recently released by the Pew Research Center reveals that favorable approval ratings for state and local government continued this year while opinions of the federal government hit a new low. The survey conducted this March with 1,501 adults from all 50 states resulted in positive ratings across party lines… Read more »


2013 Best Practices in Digital Communications- Upcoming Webinar

Keeping up with the latest in digital communication tools and strategies can be a challenge in any organization. As a government communications professional, you probably face additional unique challenges as well. Being able to effectively reach particular groups of people in emergencies, for example, is one situation that can mean the difference between life and… Read more »