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Davenport Institute Hosts Gov2.0 Seminar

The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy will launch a brand new, full-day seminar, "Gov2.0: What Public Leaders Need to Know," Tuesday, Jul. 30, starting at 9 a.m. at Pepperdine’s West Los Angeles Campus.  

This seminar is designed for professionals that identify as city managers, municipal finance officers, public information officers, civic leaders, public safety leaders, planning directors, or elected officials.

From 'Open Data' to 'Gov2.0' to 'hackathons' to 'online engagement platforms,' technology is fundamentally changing the relationship between citizens and their governments. Unfortunately, our understanding of what different terms mean, and which technologies should be used for particular enterprises, hasn't caught up with all of these changes.

"Technology is changing the way citizens interact with government and vice versa," says Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute. "But with so many different types of technology available, public leaders need to match their needs with the appropriate platforms. In this fast-moving session presented by leaders in the field, participants will get a broad overview of this "Gov 2.0" world and how it connects with their day to day jobs now and into the future."

Public leaders will learn:

  • The "New Vocabulary": How the various terms interact with each other, and sometimes overlap
  • Your Purpose Determines Your Technology: Know your goals for citizen interaction and the technology will follow
  • How to Think Like an Online Marketer: If you build it, they may not come
  • Does Online Engagement=Public Engagement? The similarities and differences between engaging with your public online vs. face-to-face

Four of the leading "Gov2.0" speakers in California—Alan Silberberg, founder, Gov2.0/LA; Alissa Black, formerly of Code America, now CA Civic Innovation Project; Julianne Shinto, Twain Group; and Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine—will provide invaluable insight into these and other topics relevant to public leaders.

To register, please visit the Gov2.0 Web site. For more information, please contact Ashley Trim.

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