Cities often express concern, rightly, that their developers don’t have the skills needed for web/gov 2.0 tech. I say that’s an opportunity to show that you value the professional development of city employees: organize a skill share. Find someone to teach them new skills and they will respect you for it. Don’t know how? Contact me.
In a sad, ironic, weird way I’m relieved the hullabaloo in politics and the anger on the streets in America essentially boils down to the relationship between government and business. That this relationship is deeply out of balance is a concern. That this is the relationship mattering most right now is reassuring. It drowns out all that craziness about the relationship between God and Our government, between our bodies and Our government, between science and Our government, between marriage and Our government. To be sure: I’m not suggesting in the least that mastering effective governance boils down to understanding the relationship between government and business. Government - LAW - plays a role in many facets of life. But when I think of government I think of a physical system, a scientific model. I relate government to pressure in a tube, temperature in a boiler. Let us recognize that the relationship of government and business in The United States is broken and focus solely on repairing it. Let us spend the least amount of time required on matters of morality, or privilege or what we think is right for others. Our families, neighbors, communities and places of worship have always upheld our moral fiber and will always continue to do so. As we find our way back to a balance between government and business let us also remember our relationship with the Earth and seek a greater understanding in our relationship with the Universe.
By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS
Published: August 18, 2011
I’m not sure I can express in the short time I have to record my thoughts the wonderfully useful, elegant, and poetic qualities of GovTrack.us. Just a few minutes ago my sister (@elcrean on Twitter) tweeted a reference to the GIVE Act. In that tweet she provided that link to the homepage for HR111-1388 and an unlinked ref to S6104b. So I followed that first link and the first wonderful surprise I encountered was that the bill was even posted. But it got so much better so much faster. Not only is the bill posted, but govtrack.us breaks out every individual element of the document. What does this mean? It means four things (in order of WOW factor). First, you can expand and collapse any section of the bill on the page. Second, you can extract any section of the bill to some HTML that you can copy to your clipboard. Third, you can mouse-over references to other bills and get the context in-situ.