What is the definition of beautiful? Well, the official definition is "Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sight.” So this was the starting point for judging our My Beautiful Intranet competition on IBF 24.
We wanted to find the intranet homepage most pleasing to the eye. The incentive of an Ipad as a prize certainly helped the entry numbers, and we received submissions from as far afield as Sydney, California, Barcelona, London, and Venlo and Noordwijk in the Netherlands.
Nations around the world are grappling with the challenge of “open government”. Many are openly stating that they embrace it, most are struggling to understand what it is and how to actually implement it. Why are they so intent on this? Because the people, the constituents they serve, of all kinds, from families to communities, corporations to small business and non-profits, and public sector employees themselves are demanding it.
So what does “open government” really mean? How does it work? And how can we as New Zealanders, embrace it and enable governments to better meet the peoples’ needs?
A central component is the role that emerging technologies such as infrastructure, cloud computing, Web 2.0, open data and information transparency, can play. It also encompasses issues of policy development and governance, the development of human capital, and the utilisation and understanding of the role of social media.
One of the most important skills for almost everyone to have in the next decade and beyond will be those that allow us to create valuable, compelling, and empowering information and experiences for others. To do this, we must learn existing ways of organizing and presenting data and information and develop new ones. Whether our communication tools are traditional print products, electronic products, broadcast programming, interactive experiences, or live performances makes little difference. Nor does it matter if we are employing physical or electronic devices or our own bodies and voices. The process of creating is roughly the same in any medium. The processes involved in solving problems, responding to audiences, and communicating to others are similar enough to consider them identical for the purposes of this paper.