Here is a list of question we receive and/or we ask ourselves:

Who do you represent?

We do not represent anyone nor do we claim that the manifesto reflects the views of all of Europe’s citizens (an almost impossible task!). Rather we believe that Web 2.0 has a lot to offer the public sector and want to make the case for this in a way that itself illustrating the power of open collaboration. We hope many people will contribute in different ways, but it is not about the sheer number of people that get involved. Rather what matters is the quality of the output and the fact that the output will be different and vastly better than anything the originators of this process could have come up with on their own.

Who funds this?

Ourselves. We give our time and use freely available tools. We believe it’s an important time to give such an input. And we’re sure we’re going to learn a lot in the process.

I have a longer concept which doesn’t fit in the idea form. What can I do?

Simply blog about it adding the tag “eups20″ so that we can capture your input. Or leave a comment on this website.

What’s in it for me?

Do it for Europe: you can help improving EU policies on e-government. It’s the right time to do it: the EU will launch over the next months the new ICT strategy and the new e-government action plan.

Do it for yourself: we are going to learn immensely by exchanging our recommendations on public services 2.0

How can you assure this work will have an impact?

Our current goal is to receive an official slot in the EU Ministerial Conference. We’ve written to the EC and waiting for an answer. But in any case, if we are many and we have good quality input, governments will have to listen.

One Response

  1. I represent a small research group in Kerry, South West Ireland, which is attempting to respond positively to the socio-economic crisis that is engulfing Ireland at present. This is likely to evolve very quickly into a national political movement as we recognise that no serious response can lack a political dimension. In order to identify and activate the most democratic, widespread and most judicious response, we believe that the open source concept is ideal. This will provide a revolutionary alternative to traditional top-down political activism ensuring that momentum arises principally from the most meaningful directions i.e. the people who are at the coal-face of the present crisis and also from the diaspora who can be a powerful source of positive influence and change.Ireland is ripe for this initiative, the emotion on the ground is palpable, people want to do something, what’s missing is the means, OS provides it.

    As newbies to the open source philosophy and in keeping with the OS ethic we recognise the need to model the success of others and seek mentorship in order to gain the necessary experience to build a successful community.

    We need assistance from you in perhaps showing us how we might adopt the most appropriate open source collaborative technology to enable the response we wish to initiate. Should it succeed, we anticipate that it will revolutionise the Irish political system with positive outcomes for all citizens; all contributors via open source will be key stakeholders in policy development and outcomes. In addition it may well provide a model for political response elsewhere in the world.

    We have already wetted the appetite of close media contacts that are on board to champion this initiative when we launch.

    We would be delighted to discuss the above with your further and as soon as possible.

    Kind regards

    David Barton

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