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Season's Greetings from Governing People

December 25, 2012 by Sierra Bellows

Best wishes to you and yours from us and ours![read more]

A Message To Our Community

September 27, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Here at Social Media Today LLC, which owns and operates this site, nothing is more important than the integrity of the material that we publish. In particular, we have a zero tolerance policy where plagiarism is concerned. Passing off another writer's work as your own is theft, pure and simple. Plagiarism violates Social Media...[read more]


Transforming our legislative systems through citizen cooperation

June 14, 2011 by John Boik

Our world is going through dramatic changes.  Old institutions and approaches are failing, and new ones, like those discussed on GoverningPeople, are gaining in interest and influence.  Like many readers here, I have asked myself the question, "What practical steps could we take to build a better system of governance, and...[read more] 2.0 Preview: FCC launches URL shortener

April 4, 2011 by Alexander Howard

 FCC Data CenterLater this week, a new version of will go live. It’s a complete redesign of the Federal Communications Online presence. You could even call it a reboot, in keeping with the FCC launch of last January.  There’s much more to report on when the new goes online. For now, here’s a preview...[read more]


Government Innovation: Life (Part 1 of 3)

October 12, 2010 by Alex Torpey

This is part one of three on a series of using "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" from the Declaration of Independence as a framework for modern government innovation. Life. I’m not talking about Oprah’s version of the BBC and David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. I’m talking about what is perhaps the most...[read more]

The Declaration of Independence as a Framework for Modern Government Innovation

September 10, 2010 by Alex Torpey

After spending the better part of this past week in Washington, DC for O’Reilly Media’s Gov 2.0 Summit I am reinvigorated and reenergized as to the enormous potential that exists for innovation in the public sector, especially as it relates to using technology as a springboard for innovation.Although the public sector is not always the...[read more]


An Exclusive Governing People Preview of the Gov 2.0 Summit

September 1, 2010 by Alex Torpey

OSeptember 7th and 8th, some of the most engaged, creative and innovative minds will converge at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC for the 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit. Last year was O’Reilly Media’s first Gov 2.0 Summit and this year the event will no doubt beat even the heightened expectations.Speakers include government officials from the NSA,...[read more]


The Importance of Debate

August 2, 2010 by Alex Torpey

From the US National Archives on Flickr

From the US National Archives on FlickrDisagreeing with someone is not easy. Nor is it easy when someone disagrees with you.In fact, constructive disagreement could probably be classified as a serious skill, one that few of us truly possess.However, in our most tense moments, where disagreement is prone to be least subtle is of course...[read more]