While my personal journey matters far less than the goals we share I will do my best to provide an answer to the question, how did I get here?
I grew up in the United States, in the state of Vermont, a rural environment where I gained an appreciation for, as well as and understanding of, the importance of the natural balance of the world around us. A tinkerer, I was always interested in how things were put together, how they were created, and studied as an engineer. Throughout my career it became increasingly clear that open communication, honest dialog, is a key component for success for all individuals, organizations, and governments.
I founded Government in the Lab in early 2011 with a desire to help create a positive transformation in government and politics throughout the world, via shared knowledge and community. Our writers, collaborators really, share insights with our readers in the native languages, writing articles in english, russian, german, french, spanish, arabic, and more.
A community built upon a shared vision, a shared purpose, can thrive when it is complemented by open and respectful collaboration. These same principles went into my definition of open government:
“Open government is a citizen-centric philosophy and strategy that believes the best results are usually driven by partnerships between citizens and government, at all levels. It is focused entirely on achieving goals through increased efficiency, better management, information transparency, and citizen engagement and most often leverages newer technologies to achieve the desired outcomes. This is bringing business approaches, business technologies, to government. – John F Moore”
I view the Edgeryders community as onefocused upon positive transformation; a community that could create an engaged and active citizenry focused on improvement for all. I look forward to taking this journey together my friends.