Government 2.0 Camp — the un-conference

Wednesday - 4/1/2009, 9:38am EDT

I mentioned that I was at Government 2.0 Camp over the weekend. This was the inaugural event of the Government 2.0 Club.

Yesterday on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris , we spoke with Mark Drapeau, who is a fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University and one of the organizers of Government 2.0 Camp. We talked to him about how things went around the government 2.0 camp fire. You can hear that conversation here.

We have been talking about this for some time. And we have spoken to the other organizers. Just after the announcement of Government 2.0 Camp, we spoke to Peter Corbett , the CEO of iStategy Labshear that conversation here — and just before Government 2.0 Camp started, we spoke to Maxine Teller of MiXT Media Strategieshear that conversation here .

And on Tuesday, April 7 in the 10a half-hour on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Government IT Solutions Spotlight, we will talk to all four of the conference organizers. In addition to the people listed above, we will also be joined by Jeffrey Levy, director of Web communications inEPA’s Office of Public Affairs. (We recently spoke to Levy as part of Federal News Radio’s Meet the Innovator series about the government’s Government Social Media SubCouncil.

In brief, my general take on the Government 2.0 Camp…

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all of both days, but… the time I was there was very valuable. The un-conference idea was just fascinating — and works with this group of people who are collaborators collaborating about collaboration. These are people who are inclined to participate — and are passionate. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever been in a room and seen so many laptops.

One of the most fascinating parts of the session was right at the start of both days when everybody introduced themselves. Each person had to either offer up a session — or they had to offer three words about why they were there. (Mine where: Just do it!) It was so interesting to see the eclectic mix of people — and ideas.

The sessions I got to attend:

Over all, it was a weekend well spent. A public congratulations to the organizers. I look forward to what comes from the Government 2.0 Club.