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Celebrating a happy new (fiscal) year with the next generation

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Last night, I spent some time with the AFCEA Bethesda’s Young AFCEANs at their third annual Fiscal New Year party — held this year at Current — a hip club on Connecticut Avenue in DC.

Some photos from the festivities, thanks to Tchad Moore of Blackstone Technology Group.

More after the break.

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Written by cdorobek

October 24, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Happy birthday to… rising star Steve Ressler

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Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

On this Oct. 13, a big DorobekInsider slice of birthday cake to Steve Ressler.

I mentioned Ressler earlier this year — he was part of the freshman class of FCW’s Rising Star award winners. In the years since then, Ressler has become a friend. He is one of those people who just can look at problems in new and innovative ways. (I hate those people! Actually, I LOVE them!) He was one of the co-founders of the Young Government Leaders, and now is the pervayor of the social networking site GovLoop, which is a social networking site for feds. Federal News Radio had Ressler on our mid-day program, InDepth with Francis Rose. You can hear that interview here. [.mp3]

So… happy birthday Ressler.

As public radio’s Writer’s Almanac reports, it is also the birthday of Margaret Thatcher and Paul Simon.

It’s the birthday of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, born in Grantham, England, in 1925. She said, “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”…

It’s the birthday of singer and songwriter Paul Simon, born in Newark, New Jersey, (1941). In 1964, he and his friend Art Garfunkel recorded a folk album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM. It was a flop, and Paul Simon moved back in with his parents. But without telling Simon and Garfunkel, a producer added electric guitar, bass, and drums to the song “The Sound of Silence” and released it as a single. It went to No. 1 on the pop charts.

It is also the birthday on controversial comedian Lenny Bruce (10/13/1925 – 8/3/1966), who was actually tried on obscenity charges. You can read the NYT’s obit of Bruce here.

Other big events on this date in history:

1775 The Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. (Happy birthday to the Navy!)

1792 The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of the presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood, Calif., and Kennedy in New York.

1974 TV host Ed Sullivan died at age 72.

And, from the government IT world, from the archives of Federal Computer Week, this week back in 1996, nine companies won SEWP II contracts, the Defense Science Board report said the Defense Department need to “move aggressively to outsource most DOD support activities” — and one of the attractive early candidates were data centers. And this week in 1996, VA rolled out its then new Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) system. VistA is now used across VA hospitals… and, I believe, is even used by some commercial hospitals.

And… happy birthday to Steve!

Written by cdorobek

October 13, 2008 at 8:08 AM

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DorobekInsider.com: An amazing Rising Star’s view of Government 2.0… and GovLoop

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Rising Star Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

If you don’t know Steve Ressler, he should be on your ‘to meet’ list. If you want to have faith in the next generation, make the opportunity to talk to Ressler. (I have to admit that I’m biased here. I was so impressed with Ressler, that when FCW created the Rising Star awards program three years ago — these are award that recognize the next generation of government leaders — we put Ressler on the cover… and featured him and his step-sister in the magazine. Can I just claim to have discovered him?)

Ressler is one of those people who is never satisfied just sitting back and saying, ‘We should do…’ He is one of those amazing people who actually does. So, for example, Ressler and Megan Quinn weren’t satisfied with the network that young government workers could create, so they co-founders of a group called the Young Government Leaders — and organization that has continued to evolve and grow.

Ressler has since created a social networking site called GovLoop.com, built on the remarkable Ning platform. GovLoop lets users — yes, you! — blog, network, connect with people you may know, or people that you may not know and want to know, and create discussions around certain topics. The idea isRessler’s baby — talk about “just do it” — and the site now has nearly 1,000 people who are ‘looped,’ so to speak. (FCW bloggers Steve Kelman and Judy Welles both wrote about GovLoop earlier this year.)

If you somehow cannot make time to meet Ressler, he is a guest blogger on the Wikinomics blog, which is related to the Wikinomics book, of course.

Guest Blogger Steve Ressler on Government 2.0 & The Rise of Informal Networks
September 3rd, 2008, 09:12am

This guest blog is by Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop.com, a social network connecting the government community. Mr. Ressler is also a contributor to the nGenera Gov 2.0: Wikinomics, Government, and Democracy project and the co-founder of Young Government Leaders, a professional organization of more than 2,000 government employees.Ressler has published articles on generational issues and Web 2.0 in various publications including The Public Manager and presented on these topics at a range of venues including Harvard’s Kennedy School andBrookings Institute.
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It’s official – Gov 2.0 is here to stay. From nGenera’s Gov 2.0: Wikinomics, Government, and Democracy project, NAPA’s Collaboration Project, and Mashable’s recent Gov 2.0 column, a lot has been written on the potential power of web 2.0 technologies in government. Government agencies across numerous jurisdictions have begun focusing on how Web 2.0 technologies can help foster workplace collaboration and innovation. Organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Transportation Security Agency, and National Resources Canada have implemented organizationalwikis to provide a central point for ideas and discussion.

But while government organizations have begun to focus on fostering workplace collaboration from the inside, a new type of collaboration is developing outside the formal reach of government agencies. As part of the Gov 2.0:Wikinomics , Government, and Democracy research series, I recently completed a paper entitled “Net-Gen Networks: How Agencies Can Leverage Outside Innovation Internally.” In this analysis, I document the rise of informal networks in the government sector built around Web 2.0 applications as a means of facilitating collaboration, idea sharing and innovation both within and across agency lines. Whether via social networks likeFacebook, wikis , or blogs, these networks have created new authoritative resources for employees without the input or control of their superiors.

For example, Young Government Leaders, a professional organization for young federal employees in the U.S., started as two new government workers wanted to connect with peers. What started as a small happy hour has turned into a powerful informal network with over 2,000 members featuring a weekly leadership blog, professional development activities, community service, and bi-weekly newsletter. Young Government Leaders is not housed in a specific government agency but rather is run independently by volunteers on their own time and provides a sense of community to Net-Gen federal employees going through the same experiences in their career.

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You can also read a Q&A with Ressler on the Municipilist blog.

He’s a good example of what one can do. Even if you don’t get to meet him, I think you’ll get a good sense of who he is from his words… and we’ll certainly try and get him on Federal News Radio.

Meanwhile, go join GovLoop and plunk around on it a bit… maybe even start your own conversation or topic.

Written by cdorobek

September 4, 2008 at 12:47 AM

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