SF CIO Vein discusses open government, open data, municipal innovation

I had the opportunity to sit down with San Francisco Chief Information Officer Chris Vein during sf.govfresh and ask him about his work around open government, open data and government innovation. What resonates most with me is how he touches on the importance of a partnership between mayor and CIO and SF Mayor Gavin Newsom’s willingness to let him ‘fail forward.’

We’d see more government innovation if leaders were like Newsom and let their staff experiment with technology, especially open source and free Web-based tools where the cost to taxpayers is minimal at best.

Here’s the full interview:

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh. He advises civic and government-focused businesses, including CivicActions and NuCivic. Other projects include GovPress, Agile Government Leadership and CityCamp. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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