I found that Venessa Miemis’s posting on Open Foresight helpful in thinking about how to address the future of Australia’s Government 2.0 as there are some close parallels. Venessa described the ‘open foresight’ concept a process for analysing “complex issues in an open and collaborative way, and to raise the bar on public discourse and forward-focused critical thinking”. Government 2.0. and ‘open foresight’ share the same challenges in addressing the transformation driven by new and emerging communications technologies and the behaviours those tools enable.
In the context of ‘Gov 2.0’ the interesting questions are:
- How are our notions of open government evolving?
- What role do social technologies play in the evolution of public opinion?
- What happens when Gov2.0 networks and collaboration teams form?
- What do emerging Gov2.0 governance models look like?
- How do public servants build knowledge together and become more effective learners?
You may notice that I’ve not mentioned government agencies in these questions. That’s deliberate because I feel that the future of Gov2.0 is more about networks and issues, and less about government agencies. Many Issues transcend organisational silos. Networks cross institutional, jurisdictional and geographic boundaries.
I’ll be given some more thought to the questions I’ve raised above, in particular on the potential for networked policy and networked regulation.