E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful neatly summarizes my beliefs on how society should work and provides the most appropriate slogan for the way I approach much of my life.
‘Small is beautiful’ best describes manor.govfresh, held this past Sept 20-21, in Manor, TX, and exemplifies where I believe we can have the most impact on changing how government works and where the open government community should turn its focus. The theme around manor.govfresh was government and technology, but the underlying premise was learning how we can strengthen community at its most local. So much is discussed at the federal, state and major metropolitan levels that we see small-town America as an after-thought. It’s not sexy, but it’s where change can happen faster and have a more immediate impact on citizens.
manor.govfresh was a special event for me personally and professionally, and I want to thank the City of Manor, TX and the Manor Independent School District for letting GovFresh (and me) play a little part in your big role in changing the face of government.
I also want to thank ‘Team manor.govfresh,’ including Dustin Haisler, Geovanna Ricaldi, Mark Headd, Kevin Curry, Sara Moore, Bob Greenberg, Sid Burgess, Margarita Quihuis and Andrew Krzmarzick for your time and hard work in planning everything. You guys helped put on a big-time event in small-town America and believed in its importance from the beginning.
Much of what was reported real-time came from Alex Howard, and I can’t thank him enough for making the trek, re-introducing me to Scotch and being a great friend.
manor.govfresh highlights include making over City of De Leon, having U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Beth Noveck attend and speak, getting a warm welcome each morning from the Manor ISD student choir and band (video below), connecting in real life with people I greatly admire in the open government community and, of course, getting a key to Manor.
More manor.govfresh coverage and discussion here:
- White House: City in a Box: Municipal Makeover Comes to Texas
- Huffington Post: Harnessing the Civic Surplus for Open Government
- TechPresident: In Texas, a Small Town Hopes for a Gov 2.0 Makeover Miracle
- TechPresident: All Government is Local 2.0: manor.govfresh
- CityCamp: Why Manor?
- Gov 2.0 Radio: Innovation for Local Government
- O’Reilly Radar: How do we get government to share data?
- TeleWorks: Ground Zero for Gov 2.0 Innovation: Texas?
- GovLoop: Manor.GovFresh – Beth Noveck: “OpenGov Is Not Something Nice to Do…”
- GovLoop: Pouncing on De Leon
- Twitter: #manorgf hashtag
- Flickr: manor.govfresh photo pool
Thanks again to everyone who participated in such a wonderful event. Until next time …