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Govloop – a knowledge network for government

Govloop logoAccording to the small world theory, we are all six connections or less away from anyone else on the planet.

I’ve been putting this theory to the test during my stay here in the USA by trying to connect with various people who are doing interesting things with digital media.  One of the people I was keen on talking to is Steve Ressler, founder of Govloop (a social network for government employees).  When I spoke a couple of weeks ago to Washington State’s social media network, it turned out that one of the members of the network knows Steve and he put us in touch.

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What can we learn from Nike?

Nike entranceEmployees cycle past Nike Lake and Ronaldo Field on cruiser bikes.  Executives emerge in jeans and trainers from buildings named after sports stars.  In many ways, Nike’s picturesque campus on the outskirts of Portland seems about as far from the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels as you can imagine.  And yet, when it comes to digital media, companies like Nike face similar challenges to many other big organizations.

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Collaboration top priority for government communication


Using the “One Bus Away” app – a frequent site at bus stops in Seattle!

Collaboration, customer service and mobile are the three top trends in government communication to look out for in 2013, according to a survey of US state, county and city governments published on 19 March 2013 by GovDelivery.  The survey stresses the need to streamline collaboration between government agencies in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs, as well as the growing demand for digital engagement opportunities from citizens:

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Got something to say? Yammer it!

Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, chatting online with staff.

If you need to share information inside the European Commission, where do you go?

Increasingly, the answer is the online network set up in 2009 using the Yammer enterprise microblogging platform.  The Commission’s Yammer network now connects over 5000 staff across the organisation.  It has grown organically, mainly by word of mouth rather than an official promotion campaign. Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has used the platform to chat live with staff about organisational reforms.

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Opening the windows to knowledge

More than half of international aid for developing countries comes from the European Union and its Member States.

Implementing the EU’s development budget involves a wide range of partners across the world.  These include staff working in the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels, its delegations in non-EU countries, EU Member States, other international donors, NGOs and the wider development community.

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