Obama And Conversational Government

January 19 2009 / by Jeff Hilford / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Government   Year: 2009   Rating: 7 Hot


One of the most exciting things about the promise of the Obama administration is their commitment to employing interactive communication technologies in an effort to better their stewardship of the country.

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It was the utilization of these tools that spurred him to victory in a daunting primary process and pushed him to a convincing win in the general election.  At a simple level, what he really did was engage anyone he could in conversation.  That is the hallmark principle of web 2.0 and also of a good politician.  I think this concept is at the center of why people (a whopping 79% approve of his handling of the transition) are so optimistic about what type of leader he may be.  While it's true that we are in the midst of very difficult times and that will prod more folks into being open to and hopeful that Obama may lead us out of here,  I think it is his continued commitment to conversation and engagement that offers the most potential upside.

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NYC's Mayor Bloomberg Touts Benefits of Automotive XPrize Competition

March 25 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Transportation   Year: 2008   Rating: 2

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who last week proudly announced that his city has agreed to host the first leg of the 2009 competition, is a big fan of the impact the event could have on the way we approach the future.

“We really do need some new thinking, we need some innovation,” urged Bloomberg, “We’ve got to get people to participate, and to change their lives and to understand that we’ve have to use less energy and that we have to find alternative energy sources that aren’t destroying our planet.”

Check out Bloomberg and XPrize CEO Peter Diamandis in action at Thursday’s XPrize Announcement press conference, just released to the web a few hours ago:


“I don’t think there’s any bigger threat to our world and out country than global warming and our dependency on oil,” added the philanthropist-business-magnate-turned-mayor.

Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, XPrize Foundation, echoed Bloomberg’s sentiments, stating, “It’s a challenge to every one of us. We face these issues together. We must solve them together.”

Most interesting, as Jump the Curve author Jack Uldrich points out, was the ambitious project scope that Diamandis laid out:

“We’re not talking about concept cars,” says the XPrize CEO, “We’re talking about real cars that can be brought to market in the near-term, that consumers will want to buy.”

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