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Working Transparently at the Bottom of Government

Debra Louison Lavoy (Open Text), Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institution)
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Transparency can be a powerful tool for attacking hard problems. But transparency alone isn’t enough. Excellent results depend on effective processes, leadership and tools. With these, you can overcome internal resistance and existing processes and beauracracies that may not be optimized for current and emerging challenges. In telling the story of the Smithsonian strategy process, the panel will touch on:

  • Practical benefits of transparency
  • Overcoming internal resistance
  • Transparency as a new collaborative model
  • Unintended consequences of transparency
  • Collaborative leadership and its role in solving hard problems
  • How process and collaboration improve one another
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Debra Louison Lavoy

Open Text

Debra Lavoy has been working with collaborative and social media for over 15 years at companies such as AOL and Adobe and now serves as Director of Product Marketing for Digital and Social Media at Open Text. She is a regular speaker in the D.C. area, where Obama’s transparent government initiative has created a world of thought and activity on the need to leverage both cultural and technological advances to move ahead to new levels of customer relationships and organizational productivity.

She blogs at productfour.wordpress.com.

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Michael Edson

Smithsonian Institution

Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content. helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level, and the first Alternate Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghost of a Chance. Michael has a BA from Wesleyan University.

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Robert Eckhardt
05/26/2010 2:49pm EDT

Michael’s presentation was great and his process ideas are very innovative. Debra’s portion was not very informative, lots of other people’s ideas that are pretty generic and obvious.

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