Past and Future Collaborative Expedition Workshops    (3U1Q)

Collaborative Expedition Workshop #69, January 29, 2008, at NSF    (3U1R)

Title: Transcending Socio-Cultural Boundaries in Virtual Work Settings: Creative Collaboration Efforts At the Intersection of Law and Public Policy    (3U1S)

A. Workshop Purpose    (3U21)

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to explore conducive conditions at the intersection of law and public policy that are leading to greater collaboration and transparency to the workings of government. How can the right information support effective problem representation? How can critical information from multiple domains and settings (discipline, culture, and temporal) be right "at hand", "in place", and publicly accessible, when needed? What are the changing roles and responsibilities of professionals from law, public policy, science, and other settings as they seek creative collaboration in an ever-expanding, data and information-rich world? What are the potentials and realities for virtual work environments and knowledge diffusion through use of Web 2.0 applications, including wikis, blogging, and social networking? How can knowledge narratives and claims be assembled, presented, and preserved with sufficient integrity relative to provenance, completeness, and known bias? How can problem representation and knowledge emerging from multi-disciplinary efforts (e.g. law, public policy, science, and business) be validated and valued as national assets and public goods?    (3U2B)

In addition, this workshop will demonstrate an organizing process that can be employed anytime a purpose cuts across organizational boundaries. This is timely for workshop participants who have come to appreciate that building trusted relationships is the essence of eGovernment. How people design the organizing process for potentially “collaborative” settings, existing beyond traditional boundaries, can spell the difference between “multiplicative power” and “no power” arising to achieve high performance results that matter to all.    (3U6D)

The workshop opens up dialogue to facilitate "bootstrapping" among multiple communities learning how to advance broad public service goals and leverage engagement opportunities associated with Web 2.0. Participants will share lessons learned from frontier settings that support collaborative inquiry, design and development.    (3U2D)

The President's Management Agenda (PMA) requires all federal agencies to transform the roles and relationships among people, processes, and technology in order to become a citizen-centered government. The PMA emphasizes bringing value and results to citizens, businesses, and government workers by "reducing the burden" and producing measurable improvement.    (3U2E)

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow." Werner Heisenberg    (3U2F)

"Creativity is a process that can be observed only at the intersection where individuals, domains, and fields intersect." Csikszentmihalyi, 1999    (3U2G)

"Architecture is the thoughtful making of space." Louis Kahn    (3U2H)

"Information is the currency of democracy." Thomas Jefferson    (3U2I)

"Design is the currency of the 21st century." American Institute of Architects    (3U2J)

It is likely that how we design our physical and virtual knowledge sharing environments (including scientific knowledge that will influence policy-making and innovation) will play a pivotal role in the continued vitality and creativity of our 21st century democracy. The workshop will open up dialogue to facilitate "bootstrapping" among multiple communities and institutions committed to advancing civic design in the public realm, including scientific, educational, and cultural heritage institutions. The workshop also supports information exchange among Federal Enterprise Architecture improvement activities advancing citizen-centric government in 2008, including Architecture Principles for The US Government (issued by CIO Council, effective date Aug. 24, 2007).    (3U2K)

Workshop planning provides an opportunity to experience shared stewardship around broad mission goals that include:    (3U2L)

B. Workshop Questions    (3U2Q)

C. Expected Participants    (3U38)

D. Agenda    (3U3A)

8:30 a.m. - Check-in and Coffee    (3U5W)

8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions    (3U3B)

SusanTurnbull, GSA and Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee and Co-Chair, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT CG    (3U3C)

JasonRBaron, Director of Litigation, NARA,    (3U3D)

RichardSpivack, NIST and Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee    (3V2F)

9:00 a.m. - Who is Here and Who is Missing? What is your Sense of Purpose in Relation to the Overall Workshop Goals?    (3U3F)

9:30 a.m. - Musings on Social Media and The Public Sector Lawyer: Challenges and Opportunities    (3U3G)

JasonRBaron, Director of Litigation, NARA    (3U3H)

10:15 a.m. - BREAK    (3U3I)

10:30 a.m. - Web 2.0: Potentials and Realities for Innovation in the Changing Legal and Public Policy Environment    (3U3J)

JayBrudz, Senior Counsel for Legal Technology, General Electric Co., Fairfield, Conn.    (3U3K)

11:15 a.m. - Web 2.0 and Intellipedia: Potentials and Realities for Transforming Workflow and Knowledge Management in the Changing Intelligence Environment    (3UPV)

SeanDennehy, Chief of Intellipedia, CIA and    (3UX4)

DonBurke, Intellipedia Doyen, CIA    (3UPW)

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch    (3U3M)

1:00 p.m. - Reflections on How to Evolve to a 21st Century Collaboration Model: Commentators panel    (3U8Z)

Paul Wester, Director, Modern Records Management Program, NARA    (3U3P)

Richard Graham, Chief Compliance Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation    (3U90)

1:45 p.m. - Discussion    (3UUK)

2:15 p.m. - Break-out Sessions    (3U5X)

3:30 p.m. - Report out from Break-out session and Discussion    (3U3S)

4:15 p.m. - Adjourn and Networking    (3U3T)

Future Collaborative Expedition Workshop Planning Notes and Draft Scenarios based on September 18 Workshop Brainstorming    (3U3U)

E. Collaborative Expedition Workshop Series Background    (3U3V)

Purpose and Audience: GSA's USA Services Intergovernmental Solutions Office leads monthly Collaborative Expedition workshops to advance the quality of citizen-government dialogue and collaborations at the crossroads of intergovernmental initiatives, Communities of Practice, Federal IT research and IT user agencies. The workshops seek to advance collaborative innovations in government and community services such as emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, healthcare and law enforcement.    (3U3W)

The workshops serve individuals from government, business, and non-government organizations to practice an emerging societal form, Communities of Practice (CoPs) or Communities of Interest (CoIs), that augment Government project teams, in a manner responsive to the Citizen-Centric Government goal of the President’s Management Agenda and the Public Information Access provisions of the E-government Act of 2002.    (3U3X)

As Communities of Practice form around priorities (Enterprise Architecture, Semantic Interoperability, Geospatial, Community Knowledge Network, Emergency Preparedness, etc.) it is essential to gain experience in designing an organizing process to advance the human relationships that “power” the ultimate success of these endeavors. As Professor David D. Woods states, “In design, we either hobble or support people’s natural ability to express forms of expertise.” Experience gained from the design of this workshop will influence how we design future forums. Individually and as a community, we’ll be better able to appreciate and tap strategic leadership from a wide variety of sources, including local, state and regional settings where quality dialogue yields the “line of sight” connection needed by all stakeholders to engage in joint action toward shared goals.    (3U3Y)

Each workshop organizes participation around a common purpose, larger than any institution, including government. By learning how to appreciate multiple perspectives around potentials and realities of this larger “purpose”, subsequent actions by individuals representing many forms of expertise, can be better expressed in their home and collaborative settings. By centering around people and the "whole system" challenges they organize around, IT design and development processes can mature with less risk and greater national yield of breakthrough performance.    (3U3Z)

Joint workshop sponsors in addition to GSA, include the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee of the Federal CIO Council, and the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development Coordinating Group. These organizations value this “frontier outpost” to open up quality conversations, augmented by information technology, to leverage the collaborative capacity of united, but diverse sectors of society, seeking to discover, frame, and act on national and international potentials.    (3U40)

F. Draft Resources    (3U44)

1. Appreciation of Potentials / Tapping Creativity    (3U45)

2. Tools / Approaches / Deployment    (3U4J)