Seems to be that major American history is being written right now in
Washington and many state capitols, something that has begun to change our
lives, something that's very underreported currently.
People are reinventing government from the bottom up and on the inside.
They're a mix of pragmatists, who know how government works, and people
who know how technology, particularly social media, can revitalize
organizations. (I tend to view 'em as "wonks" and "nerds.")
This starts with a large scale conversation, where government workers and
citizens can tell their leaders what's really going on in the real world,
and can discuss how to improve all our lives. Government workers can
provide improved public service, believing in the "nobility of public
Another perspective: this complements traditional American representative
democracy with something new: large-scale, networked grassroots democracy.
Some folks call this Gov2.0, eGovernment, or We.gov. Whatever you call it,
Personally: I fear I'm still having difficulty articulating this, or its
importance, even when working with increasingly large numbers of
However, they're transforming America, and need to be heard.
I bear witness to that, and will continue to do so.