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OpenColorado goes to the White House

| Blog | Sep. 22, 2012

On September 25th, OpenColorado director and founder Michele Hovet will be honored for her innovative leadership in the City of Arvada as a White House Champion for Change. Joining her in D.C. are OpenColorado President and founder Brian Gryth and former President and founder Sean Hudson. Michele’s forward thinking leadership style and openness to different [...]

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CityCamp Colorado Ignite 2011

| Blog | Nov. 4, 2011

This year we had 8 speakers who covered a wide breadth of topics, and it was a great way to kick off CityCamp Colorado 2011. Thanks to all who participated. You can download the presentations and watch the videos below. The Myth and Reality of Innovation – Brian Gryth Title: Founder and Vice-President, OpenColorado Twitter: [...]

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How to Evangelize and Implement an Open Government Initiative

| Blog | Oct. 20, 2011

Here’s a presentation that Leslie Labrecque, from the City of Boulder, and I gave to a recent National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) webinar. It may not make complete sense without the accompanying commentary. If you’re interested and in Colorado, give us a call and we can come out and present to you. How to [...]

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CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Stephanie O’Malley

| CityCamp | Oct. 9, 2011

Long time community leader and Colorado native Stephanie O’Malley, Deputy Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, will join us at CityCamp Colorado as our special guest on the morning of October 28th.  Ms. O’Malley grew up in Denver and attended East High School before attending Howard University where she graduated with honors while [...]

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CityCamp Colorado Special Guest Tom Downey

| CityCamp | Oct. 9, 2011

On October 28th, CityCamp Colorado will welcome current Director of Excise and Licensing for the city and county of Denver Tom Downey as our special guest.  Mr. Downey is a leader in the Denver community with an extensive history of serving the community.  Before joining Mayor Michael Hancock’s cabinet, Mr. Downey served as Director of [...]

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The Local Open Government Directive and Cook County, Illinois

| Blog | Sep. 22, 2011

In December of 2010, I helped lead an effort to create model open government policies that any local government could adopt to institutionalize transparency, participation, and collaboration.  On January 24th, 2011, this effort resulted in the publication of the Model Local Open Government Directive.  The directive is designed to fill a need for open government [...]

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CityCamp Colorado Theme – Enhancing Government Access

| CityCamp | Sep. 11, 2011

The theme of this year’s CityCamp Colorado is “Enhancing Access to Government.”  However, CityCamp is the participants’ conference to plan.  You pick the actual topics and issues to discuss.  We want to hear your ideas, so we set up a UserVoice forum to submit topics and items to be discussed. We chose access to government [...]

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Model Open Government Directive

| Blog | Feb. 13, 2011

In December, Kevin Curry, Alissa Black, Scott Primeau, and I began working on a model open government directive while at Citycamp Colorado.  After a flurry of work over the last month, we, with the help of a few dozen additional open government advocates, are able to bring you the model directive for local government.  This [...]

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Facebook Modifies Terms of Service for State and Local Government

| Blog | Jan. 7, 2011

“Colorado took perhaps the most visible stance against Facebook. The state attorney general discouraged agencies from launching their own pages because the terms of service were believed to violate the state constitution. “A handful of states took similar positions, although not so visibly as Colorado,” said Charles Robb, senior policy analyst for NASCIO.” Read the [...]

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Webchat on the one-year anniversary of the open gov directive

| Blog | Dec. 8, 2010

On December 8, 2009, the White House issued an unprecedented Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to take steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration. On the one-year anniversary of the Directive, were answering your questions on the Administrations progress and the ideas and practices that are being implemented at the White [...]

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