After talking around the traps and having a bit of a ponder I think it is about time to refocus OZloop. Personally, I see it as an evolving beast anyway.
The Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report focus and title Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 sparked the thought of public servants and community colleagues just getting on with engaging with one another. Lot's of people seems to be doing just that, but it is fair to say that the bulk of public servants are comparatively quiet on line.
It's a fair enough call. On the one hand we have the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report taking the stance that public servants should get the OK to engage on line - we even have changes to the APS Code of Conduct clearing the way for people to do so. But on the other, from talking to people it is clear that mixed messaged are being given within many APS Agencies. This points to the very question of culture raised by the Taskforce.
So what we have is uncertainty coupled with, from personal conversations I have had, a degree of fear. Question: Do public servants really need permission to talk on line? Isn't it odd that public servants are asked to collaborate, but some of the messages they get effectively say "Shut up".
So the refocussing of OZloop was shaped by the thought of, "Engagement - Let's just get on with it."
What do you think? Let me know.
ps. Watch out for the Green List.