Weekly Round-up: February 14, 2014

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Trust Me, I (Only) Work Here!

Edelman, a global public relations company, has released its latest findings on a how populations around the world trust public-, private-, media, and nonprofit institutions.  The conclusions that the report draws have stark and urgent lessons for government agencies, especially as they implement and update their social media guidelines.

Weekly Round-up: February 21, 2014

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

On the other hand. . . 

Weekly Round-up: February 28, 2014

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

This week has an "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" feel to me.


311 Is Only the Beginning: GIS for State and Local

Kansas City has one, and so does Washington, DC.

Gov20 at SxSW

I'll be leaving today for Austin, TX, and this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

Weekly Round-up: March 07, 2014

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

5 Lessons for Government from SxSW

The argument has been made (and made and made) that SxSW is So Over ™.  Respectfully, I disagree.  It is certainly a corporate event—witness Samsung offering to bring a free, charged battery to anyone whose Samsung device is running low—but that doesn’t mean that governments agencies, whether local, state, or federal, should skip out.  Indeed, here are only five things that I learned at the five-day interactive festival:

Weekly Round-up: March 14, 2014

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

This week, the Web turned 25. To me, these articles, taken together, tell a story: of where we are, the direction we're headed, and how far we've already come. They also point to hazards we need to avoid and steps we should take to protect values we are in danger not of losing, but of surrendering.

Sharing Makes Everything Better: Everyone Benefits When Small Data Goes Big

For decades, urbanites have been tuning in to local radio stations before their morning commute to hear the traffic report.  Based on static cameras at strategic locations, as well as helicopters and tips from motorists or passengers, traffic reports are perfect examples of data that give rise to decisions.  Holland Tunnel is blocked? Route around it.  Pile up on the Inner Loop?


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Gadi Ben-Yehuda was our Innovation Fellow for the Center for The Business of Government. In the five years that Mr. Ben-Yehuda was with the Center, he was a speaker, panelist and moderator for events with State Department, Department of Labor, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and other agencies. He also delivered presentations both nationally and internationally, at SxSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, the Global eGovernment Forum in Seoul, South Korea, and conferences in venues ranging from Washington, DC, to New York City, and Las Vegas, NV, to Burlington, VT. He was a prolific writer, with articles appearing on the Center’s blog, in Government Executive and Fast CoExist. He is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine. Mr. Ben-Yehuda has worked on the Web since 1994, when he received an email from Maya Angelou through his first Web site. He has an MFA in poetry from American University, has taught writing at Howard University, and has worked in Washington, DC, for nonprofits, lobbying organizations, Fleishman-Hillard Global Communications, and Al Gore's presidential campaign. Prior to his current position, Gadi was was a Web Strategist for the District of Columbia's Office of the chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Additionally, Gadi has taught creative, expository, and Web writing for more than 10 years to university students, private-sector professionals, and soldiers, including Marines at the Barracks at 8th and I in Washington, DC. Gadi is also a member of ACT-IAC.