This was a fun talk to put together. Thank you to Wharton for the chance to speak and great engagement from the audience!
Just finished delivering this. Great, engaged audience despite being early in the morning, tons of good questions afterwards, too.
Video from the talk I previously posted the slides to.
Just delivered the opening keynote for the Government 2.0 LA conference. This talk was the most fun that I’ve had in a while, both because of the engaged and active audience who interrupted with lots of questions and because pulling the talk together required a bunch of research and exploration.
I first heard the story of Matthew Fontaine Maury from Professor Doctor Herbert Burket. The more I learned about Maury, the more I thought I could build a Government 2.0 discussion around his story of transforming navigation and the collection of global meteorological data.
What makes Maury’s story so interesting is in the mid-1800’s he was able to build a multinational, viral, crowdsourced, and meta-data system. His approaches and techniques are exactly the same as Google and other Web 2.0 companies from 150 years later. Even better, he did it all from within an institution — the United States Navy — not necessarily known for innovative and original thinking. His story also perfectly illustrates four tools that government has available to drive change: data, regulation, bully pulpit, and commercial excitement. Even better, Maury’s story connects the California gold rush, the Cape Horn Sweepstakes, and the amazing achievements of Eleanor Cressy and the Flying Cloud.
It all makes for a nice reminder that if history doesn’t repeat, it certain rhymes and there are lessons to be learned from the rhyming.
Just gave the keynote for TARGUSinfo Kickoff 2010 event. What a great group, very reminiscent of Linden in 2005-ish. Work hard, play hard culture. High quality, charismatic leaders shining at all levels. Palpable hunger to win. Force of nature CEO open to ideas.
My peeps, in other words.
This talk is a blend of the NIST and iGate talks. Will be writing up the various ideas into independent posts over the next few months.Thursday, July 22, 2010 Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Thursday, February 25, 2010 Saturday, February 06, 2010 Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Saturday, December 19, 2009 Friday, November 06, 2009 Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Thursday, October 01, 2009 Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Thursday, September 17, 2009 Thursday, January 01, 2009 Tuesday, January 01, 2008 Monday, January 01, 2007 Sunday, January 01, 2006