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Believe it or not, this is an engaged Google employee

Edit: title name was edited, in an obvious way.
The government of Canada is undergoing a ‘renewal‘, and talent is a significant factor in these efforts; “[recognising the] importance of a top-notch public service to Canada’s success as a country”.  The most recent report to parliament from the top public servant of Canada, Kevin Lynch states:
“The public service is competing for talent in the strongest national labour market in 35 years. There are many other organizations, from businesses to universities to non-governmental organizations that are actively competing to recruit Canada’s top university and community college graduates.”
Criticism surrounds the prospect of Canada’s federal government being the “employer of choice” for the next generation of competitive talent. The surveys and feedback have not been too positive, so what to do? Here’s where I think some great insight can come from seeing what exemplary organisations are doing. Bear with me.
Last June (2008) I came across this compelling viral video created by the people at Digg, a Web 2.0 website that was “made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet” where websites, videos, images are rated and ranked (or ‘aggregated’) according to popularity (the model is similar to crowdsourcing and social bookmarking sites).
After 1 minute you’ll get the idea of what the video is, no need to watch the whole thing:
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Kid with hockey helmet on, blogging

Wear a helmet and get right to it.

Well, not quite.

I’ve got a slew of topics to write up about the Government of Canada and Web 2.0, and my vision for government, but to proceed strategically, I’ve been thinking about the scope and focus of this blog and my approach. As there are many factors to consider if I want to make this a blog worth reading to my target audience to influence positive change in government and share my views and insights, I have recently looked into the government policy affecting this blog.

I think the context of my role in this blog works constructively, to complement my graduate studies in Public Administration, studying Web 2.0 and government, and this constructive approach needs to extend as well to the tone of the blog; to be constructive with criticisms, relevant with insights, and fair with its assertions. These are my guiding values.

Important considerations for any blogger in the GOC › Continue reading…

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