Richard Boly


Richard Boly

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 - 14:19
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Leading the Office of eDiplomacy within the U.S. Department of State

Technology and new innovations have triggered changes in the ways people interact. The U.S. Department of State has sought to leverage these new innovations in service of its diplomatic and development goals. In this dynamic, interconnected world, State has also sought to restructure its organization and how it operates, advancing diplomacy by pursuing effective knowledgesharing while expanding the use of
collaborative technology.

According to Richard Boly, Director, Office of eDiplomacy, Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) within the U.S. Department of State, it’s about identifying better ways to find and share information and to network, thus enabling and encouraging State personnel to securely and effectively contribute knowledge anywhere, anytime. “It’s an effort to put end users in the decision-making process and help develop platforms for collaboration and information sharing from the grass roots … if somebody has the information that another person needs that they can find each other. It’s not a hierarchal, command and control knowledge management approach,” explains Boly. He acknowledges that the success of his efforts rests on changing habits and mindsets from a need to know to a need to share: “it’s fundamental to what we do,” he declares. “If you don’t collaborate and share internally, you’re never going to share externally. In the end, the culture you have when nobody’s looking is going to be the culture you have when people are looking.”

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L Peat O'Neil

Some Members of Congress and free-lance politicians presume to comment on the thoughts and intentions of the "Framers" or the "Founding Fathers" without the benefit of actually reading their words. The Business of Government was logistically more difficult then, though more civil and intimate. Their collaboration and transparency is evident in the drafts of various seminal documents of the Republic of the United States of America. What can innovative and creative citizens with their elected representatives do to promote efficient national planning in a public forum using 21st century communications tools ?

12/14/2012 - 09:53
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