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Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Director of Innovation and Social Media Gadi Ben-Yehuda is the Director of Innovation and Social Media for the IBM Center for The Business of Government. Previously, he was a Web Strategist for the District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. He has taught creative, expository, and Web writing for more than 10 years to university students, private-sector professionals, and soldiers. He has an MFA in poetry from American University, has taught writing at Howard University, and has worked in Washington, DC, for nonprofits, lobbying organizations, Fleishman-Hillard Global Communications, and Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
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Creating Innovation Offices That Work

October 27, 2014 Innovation offices are being established by many governments—including cities (Austin, Philadelphia and Chicago), states (Maryland, Colorado and Pennsylvania) and federal agencies (the National Archives and Records Administration and the departments of Health and Human Services and State). But not all offices are organized the same way and not all have ...

Social Media Metrics for Government: A Manager's Handbook

June 10, 2014 One of the most important questions to ask during a job interview or when preparing for an annual review is: "What constitutes success?" or "What does success look like?" For private sector organizations, there are often very easily quantifiable metrics: number and size of sales, or year-to-year growth. Even in ...

A Guide for Innovative Public Servants

April 7, 2014 A new report offers guidance to government executives and innovators and finds that they are already changing how agencies operate and deliver services. Released by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, “The Persistence of Innovation in Government: A Guide for Innovative Public Servants” mines data from the 28-year ...

Mapping a More Participatory Government

March 20, 2014 Kansas City has one, and so does Washington. Of course, New York and San Francisco have one. Miami used to have one, but now it doesn't. I speak about 311 maps: a data visualization that plots city service requests on a map of the area (sometimes run by city government, ...

Shark Tank: HHS Edition

February 19, 2014 Earlier this month, 13 teams of government entrepreneurs made pitches in a "shark tank" environment to continue funding for their innovation programs through a new initiative at the Health and Human Services Department called HHS Ignite. The HHS Ignite program "catalyzes early-stage project ideas that can be completed within very ...

How the Government is Innovating (And You Can Too)

November 20, 2013 Innovation touches every facet of our lives, from transportation to communication, from personnel management to office automation. This is especially evident in the public sector in how agencies provide services and meet their missions. As it happens, technology has enabled much of this innovation, but it also requires smart leaders ...

Iron Man, Batman and Spider-Man: What We Can Learn About Privacy From Superheroes

August 26, 2013 The explicit message of modern superhero stories is best summed up in Spiderman’s origin tale, “with great power comes great responsibility.” But the implicit message is that some people are able to exert greater influence over events than others. And, whether in the DC or Marvel universe, there is a ...

5 Instagram Feeds the Government Needs to Start

July 16, 2013 When Pinterest was approved for government use, I shared 10 boards I’d like to see (note: #8 is now live!). Now that GSA has approved Instagram for use by federal agencies, here is a more modest five users/feeds I’d follow: Department of the Interior. Look at this. Or this. Forest ...

Better Decisions Through Smart Disclosure

July 12, 2013 A review of the report from the National Science and Technolgy Council, "Smart Disclosure and Consumer Decision Making: Report of the Task Force on Smart Disclosure" Access to data has been WD40 to the wheels of the US economy. Companies like Facebook and Google derive their value from the data ...

4 Trends Shaping the Tech-Driven Workforce of the Future

May 30, 2013 The FOSE convention was held this month, and I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on the future of the workforce—specifically how technology is changing the work environment and will enable people to succeed within it. There were four technologies that I saw as coalescing to transform the workplace: ...