After the excellent declaration of open government released just a few weeks ago, another Australian senior official shows that the country really hits the nail on the head when it comes to government 2.0.
Steward said that although a lot of good work was being done, agencies needed to identify the internal barriers to embracing Gov 2.0, and develop an “action agenda” not only within their own agencies, but for collaboration with other agencies on common service areas – and the Australian public.
“How many of you are working collaboratively in externally hosted environments?” Steward asked delegates at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, prompting a show of hands. “A few, but not many,” she noted. “We need more activists to lead the way.”
The point about activists is great and goes hand in hand with the declaration of open government that requires agencies “to develop policies that support employee-initiated, innovative government 2.0-based proposals as well as the line that senator Kate Lundy takes when she addresses the same topics.
It is quite impressive to find legislators. ministers and senior civil servants all aligned on the same priorities. Ann, like Kate, is an incredibly smart and wise person, soft-spoken but razor-sharp. In another recent interview, where she discussed priorities around innovation and cloud computing, she showed a refreshing, no-nonsense attitude.
And, as a side note, Ann – like Kate – is a very good looking woman. I know this has absolutely nothing to do with getting IT and government 2.0, but you’ll have to excuse me: after all, I am Italian