I'd like to share some thinking that we did a little while ago about the potential for social networks and social media in changing how we engage with one another, how we might go about decision making differently and of course connect in new and inspiring ways.
Like any new tool we, on the one hand oversimplify what it is to include as many people in it as possible and underestimate the potential it has to disrupt what we do and how we do it.
After nearly 40 years in information technology I am also conviced that we overstimate the time it takes for new technologies and ideas to have large scale impact and we understimate the impact it ultimately has.
Simply put, when new technologies emerge we do things differently, then when we truly understand their potential, we do different things. This is where we are with social networks and social media. We are learning what its true capabilities are and just now only learning what we can do differently let alone what different things we can do.
Governments are only now experimenting with the potential for public administration transformation through the implemetation of social media. This will need legislative as well as technological and departmental reform to truly release the full potential impact of social media in government.
I hope that this report is of some interest: http://www.thegff.com/Groups/152240/Global_Futures_and/Reports/Social_Ne...