Celebrate Gov 2.0 Hero Day June 15!

i heart Gov 2.0 HeroesOn a whim, right after GovFresh launched, I started the Gov 2.0 Hero feature to recognize citizens doing great work inside and outside of government. It’s been inspiring to watch, not only shining the spotlight on people who don’t get a lot of recognition or publicity about the work they’re doing, but also seeing the community cheer them on once they’re featured.

To celebrate the valiant efforts of Gov 2.0 Heroes everywhere, we’re proclaiming June 15 Gov 2.0 Hero Day. While this may sound silly, it’s an opportunity for the Gov 2.0/open government community to share who inspires them and who’s doing great work (besides, everyone has a sensitive side and showing appreciation never hurt anybody).

Ideas to help you celebrate Gov 2.0 Hero Day and how you can honor your own Gov 2.0 Heroes:

  • Write a blog post (“My Gov 2.0 Heroes”) or vlog featuring your heroes, why they inspire you, what others should know about their work and how you can help them.
  • Tweet your Gov 2.0 Hero on Twitter with the hashtag #gov20heroday
  • Get creative. Buy them a beer, wine, flowers, dinner, take them to the spa, clean their house, sponsor them.

Show others you appreciate the work they’re doing. As the open government movement evolves, let’s work together to bring fresh faces into the community and share our appreciation for those inspiring us to work harder to build a better government.

How are you going to celebrate Gov 2.0 Hero Day?

Luke Fretwell is the founder of the civic innovation and technology blog GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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