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DorobekInsider: The July Federal News Radio Book Club book: Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation

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Our next meeting of the Federal News Radio Book Club is what we call a “get” — we will be talking about a book selected by Aneesh Chopra, the first ever federal chief technology officer, and Chopra will be with us for the discussion.

The details:
When: Friday, July 31 at 2p ET July 17 at 2p ET TIME UPDATED
Where: On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose program and on FederalNewsRadio.com
The book: Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation by James P. Andrew, Harold L. Sirkin, and John Butman — and James Andrew, Global Leader
Senior Partner & Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group’s innovation group will be joining us… so not a bad line-up: Chopra, Andrews and then Rose and Dorobek.

Just a reminder in case you have not participated in a Federal News Radio Book Club “meeting” before: It is something akin to the Oprah book club except we talk about books that help feds do their jobs better. And perhaps unlike other book clubs, our “meetings” take place on the radio — specifically on on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose and online at FederalNewsRadio.com. And we’d love to hear your thoughts about these issues. Comments will soon be available here. I have also set up a Facebook event page for the book club.

How did this come about: Well, Obama CTO Aneesh Chopra, in his interview with Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller, mentioned the book. I have posted part one of the interview below:

You can hear part two here.

As soon as I heard the interview, I sent a note to Chopra and his team… and to Andrews… both were interested… and we worked out the details and…

I started reading the book over the weekend and it is definitely a fascinating read. The book was written for the private sector, but… there is plenty in there that is applicable to government… and I know that Chopra will bring the pieces today.

I’m a third of the way through the book. I’ll post some liner notes when I’m a bit further along.

In the meantime, mark your calendar… Friday, July 17 at 2p ET for the Federal News Radio Book Club discussing Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation by by James P. Andrew, Harold L. Sirkin, and John Butman.

Previous Federal News Radio Book Club “meetings”:

* The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.
* What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.
* Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.

* Fired Up or Burned Out: How to reignite your team’s passion, creativity, and productivity by Michael Lee Stallard. Read more and hear the book club meeting here.

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June 15, 2009 at 3:11 PM

DorobekInsider.com: Rep. Honda’s tries crowdsourcing his Web redesign — a check-in

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Editor’s note: To those coming from the Future Fed series that I will be doing on WTOP and Federal News Radio 1500 AM — if this is your first time to the DorobekInsider — welcome. I hope you’ll visit regularly, but… each week, along with the Future Fed series, I will also have a related post each Monday morning with more on the topic. So, if nothing else, I hope you’ll join me here on Mondays.

20090603 hondaI mentioned earlier this month that Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) is redesigning his Web site using a very innovative method — crowdsourcing. That is essentially where a task that was traditionally done by an employee — or contractor — and it is done in a transparent, open way. Open source software is one version of crowdsourcing, but… it is developing in many different ways. It is one of the Web 2.0 ideas — my Web 2.0 definition being that information is power, but that the real power of information comes when it is shared.

Rep. Mike Honda is taking this very unique step — he is crowdsouring the redesign of his Web site. It is very innovative. And it could have broader applications. As the White House openness and transparency initiative continues, Vivek Kundra is Chief Information Officer, Katie Stanton is Director of Citizen Participation have a blog post about technologies they are looking at — and one of them is crowdsourcing. Specifically, they point to an initiative that the Transportation Department is funding to crowdsource the development of a bus stop design. The project is called Next Stop Design — cute — and you can read more here.

UPDATE: We spoke to Honda on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. We will talk to Honda Monday afternoon on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. (He tells us he got some push back from House administrators.)

We will talk to Honda Monday afternoon on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. (He tells us he got some push back from House administrators. We also talk to him about the loss of control.)

Honda already has more than 80 different submissions. You can see them for yourself here — very transparent.

I have been culling through them — and there are some very good designs. I hope to have Rep. Honda back on the show to talk about the experience once they have made a final section — I’m hoping that they will unveil the new redesign on our show. But… here is one by “Apoloo” that I thought was handsome:

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June 15, 2009 at 5:45 AM