Every two years, EU Ministers gather to agree on a Ministerial Declaration on e-government, which is the main European strategic document. This is usually accompanied by an Industry declaration.
We feel the urge to add an open declaration, collaboratively built and endorsed by EU citizens who share the view that the web is transforming our society and our governments. We feel e-government policies in Europe could learn from the open, meritocratic, transparent and user-driven culture of the web. We also feel that current web citizens should engage more positively with government to help designing a strategy which is genuinely difficult to adopt in the traditional culture of public administration.
We trust that if we manage to deliver quality of insight and quantity of endorsement, we will present this declaration officially at the EU ministerial conference on e-government, in Malmo on November 2009.
The open declaration will be accompanied by a more detailed supporting document with ideas on how the manifesto might be implemented.
In the first phase of this initiative, we sought to tap the collective intelligence through an open process that aimed to answer the question: How should governments use the web to improve public services and deliver greater public value for citizens? The results of that phase (which ran from June 15 to July 15) are discussed here.
The second phase of the project (which will run until September 30) is about trying to turn this into an impactful message for ministers. We did this via the mixedink tool and anyone can shape the declaration by going to http://mixedink.com/Eups20/Manifesto and writing their own version of the declaration or by amending someone else’s version or just by rating the versions and so helping the best version to be selected. The results are presented here.
In the final phase of the project we will seek to get as many people as possible to endorse the final version of the declaration as determined via the mixed-ink tool. Secondly, we will use a wiki to draft a supporting document to give ministers concrete ideas on how the declaration as drawn up via the mixedink tool might be implemented. (You can see the current state of the supporting document here). The final phase will run throughout October and right up to the ministerial e-Government Conference in Malmo November 18-20
Please endorse the open declaration!!! This is our e-government EU strategy, let’s make it better!