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Gov Inspiration from the US Digital Service

I’m loving this new video from the U.S. Digital Service (see previous posts on the USDS here):

I’m a big fan of the U.S. Digital Service

Introducing the U.S. Digital Service:

Interacting with the government shouldn’t be a thing that you automatically dread.

-Mikey Dickerson

Every one of us in government, this should be our goal, every day.

While I love what the USDS is doing, I find it a little sad that half the discussion centers around what Mikey wears to work. Who cares? We should be talking about his results and his goals, not dress code.

Government and 20th Century Answers

Why Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer Quit

And that was my single biggest frustration during my time at the city — we were constantly using 20th century answers to problems that required a 21st century solution.

This is the world I want to live in:

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport… Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

I wish this happened far more often (the rarity justifies this post), but I see us going in the direction of openness.

Great writing from Shawn Blanc

Great writing from Shawn Blanc:

I believe the human sprit wants – and even needs – to be challenged and given hard-to-reach goals. I also believe that put in the wrong environment day after day, that same human spirit will forget about its ability to imagine and grow.

Abhi Nemani on technology in government

Abhi Nemani of Code for America:

In departing, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about coding for America. At the end of the day, it’s not merely about technology and cities; instead it is about the optimism technology confers and the meaning that cities make us crave. What defines this movement is an unyielding belief in the possible. A constant and a fervent desire to try new things, to push new boundaries, to do important work. That’s rare, and that’s special.

Remembering Aaron

Remembering Aaron – by Parker Higgins of the EFF.

Losing Aaron – A Boston Magazine interview with Aaron Swartz’s father, Bob.

It’s been over a year since Aaron took his life. I feel like I’m still dealing with my own feelings about Aaron’s passing. I was reading Aaron’s weblog today, specifically the post on his theory of change. His writing is still incredibly relevant today, and so are his causes. I hope we never forget the impact he had, and  I hope we never forget this man who could have accomplished so much more.

Look in the mirror every morning

Great quote from Steve Jobs that I try to live by:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Radical Transparency?

Since when is transparency a radical notion?

Citizenville, Gavin Newsom

Restlessness is Discontent

Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.

The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison (1948), p. 110

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