My Talk at the ISPRAT CIO Conference in Vienna
I am just coming back from a wonderful day of debate with Germany’s and Austria’s top policy makers in the information technology field. The conference headlined by the new German CIO was titled Information and Communication Technologies as Strategic Instruments for Government. I had been asked to give the final talk after a wonderful tour of the Austrian national library that confronted us with the knowledge politics of the printing age.
I took up that thread and connected it to the idea of statecraft, a concept you can only talk about with a straight face, when speaking in the halls where Metternich, von Stein, Kelsen, and co. voiced their ideas and created the modern state. In this situation, we were able to start an important conversation on how the idea of collaboration in open value chains and social media technologies are transforming public value production.
It was amazing to learn from the top German government officials concerning the topic. There is clearly a very sophisticated, but distributed community out there in government that is starting to make change happen. Expect great changes in the next year.
Anyway, if you want to read the talk, I posted it here. I would love to get your feedback on the text and continue the conversation.