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I'm backed up posting shows from FCW's Federal News Radio show, called the Government IT Solutions Spotlight featuring Federal Computer Week and sponsored by CDW-G. The show airs each Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET on D.C.'s Federal News Radio AM 1050. In fact, I haven't posted one since the show featuring EPA CIO Molly O'Neill, which is still one of the best of the year. One of them features Marty Wagner, and I'm not sure I want to run that right now — although it captures Marty. So anyway, I'll try to get to them this week.

But, before I get further behind…the show that aired today featured Chris Rasmussen, and it is a pretty good one, too, if I do say so myself.

For those of you who don't know, Rasmussen is a social software knowledge manager and trainer within the intelligence community. He works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, known as NGA, although he has almost nothing to do with geospatial data. Rasmussen is part of the team that created Intellipedia, the remarkable government 2.0 experiment that is going on in the intelligence community.

Rasmussen -- and the entire Intellipedia team -- deserve a lot of credit for really approaching a problem in a very different way. They don't even think outside the box. There is no box. And they have taken some flack for it. But they -- and the program -- deserve the attention it has garnered because it is innovative. In particular, Rasmussen is a rock star. He is so passionate about this stuff. He's young -- and sometimes that comes through -- but he also doesn't get tied down in so much of the government 'we don't do business that way' stuff. He's a smart guy, and you get a glips of that on the show.

During the show, I suggested that it is an interesting time for Intellipedia. Rasmussen and I have talked about this, and he often says that he thinks people are bored talking about wikis and blogs. Unfortunately, the truth is I think Rasmussen and many of his colleagues are bored talking about wikis and blogs. They are on the cutting edge, and they have been waging a remarkable battle to get people to try new ways of doing things. It is no small task. And they have seen some successes. But, in fact, I think we are at the very early stages of the bell curve. There is some push-back on the government 2.0 concepts — and they certainly aren't a silver bullet for all problems — but I continue to believe they are innovative tools that will enable people to work together in a more collaborative environment, if organizations and their leadership try them.

Here is the show. I'd be interested in your thoughts.





Some show notes by way of background:

* Intellipedia’s next act
Federal Computer Week, May 30, 2008

* Adventures in Web 2.0
Federal Computer Week, June 16, 2008
From the 1105 GovInfo Government Leadership Summit in June in Williamsburg, Va.

* As part of an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree package focusing on collaboration, we profiled four case studies in collaboration. One of them was Intellipedia. Read the full package of collaboration stories, including stories from our sister publications — Government Computer News and Washington Technology — or read the piece on Intellipedia.

* Rasmussen audio presentation from the 2006 Government CIO Summit, where he talks about Intellipedia, wikis, blogs and collaboration. You can hear it at www.fcw.com/specials/intellipedia.

Other Intellipedia resources:

* CIA story about the second anniversary of Intellipedia, which includes a link to the 2004 paper by CIA employee Calvin Andrus titled "The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community."


Previous FCW radio programs:

May 20, 2008 — talking collaboration with NAPA's Collaboration Project
May 27, 2008 — talking mobile computing.
June 2, 2008 — talking Enterprise 2.0 with Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee.
June 10, 2008 — talking about Virtual Alabama with the team from the Alabama Homeland Security Department.
June 17, 2008 — talking about continuity-of-operations plans with
Josh Sawislak, a senior adviser to the administrator at the General Services Administration and acting chief emergency response and recovery officer.
July 1, 2008 — one of my favorite programs of the year — talking to EPA CIO Molly O'Neill about collaboration.

I also have them all tagged on Delicious: del.icio.us/cdorobek/fcwradio.

All of FCW's radio spots can be found at www.fcw.com/radio.

Upcoming shows...

I have yet to post the s how from July 1 featuring Harvard professor Steve Kelman, and the July 8 show featuring Marty Wagner, and the July 15 show on port security. So all of those will be posted very soon.

Other things we are working on: In a coming show, we will feature DOT's Paul Brubaker and Bob Suda talking about transportation and technology…OMB's Karen Evans talking about the collection of cybersecurity initiatives…and more.

Show topic suggestions are welcome. Send them to cdorobek@1105govinfo.com.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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