Saturday, August 7, 2010

King County's Strategic Plan 2010 Already is Amazing Visionary Document and Blueprint for Reform

Just in case you haven't seen it yet, King County's new County-wide Five Year Strategic Plan already is an amazing visionary document and blueprint for government reform worth reading and thinking about... and possibly being guided by. The first thing that hits you... is that green imagery on the cover which serves as the environmental context for social and governmental change. 

The content of the document is equally "green" ...and on multiple levels ...with respect to guiding principles and goals declared. The issues are complex and challenging... like a $60 million budget shortfall and how to "tighten the belt". Be sure to watch the video to get at least some idea about what's on King County Council's and Executive's mind and listen to Fred Jarrett's, Jane Hague's, Bob Ferguson's  carefully-chosen words.

This is no ordinary document here, but a rich cultural statement that reflects a whole lot work that's already been done engaging with people both internally in government and  externally with the community via outreach meetings, workshops, focus groups, surveys and key conversations done with folks for over eighteen months to discover what people and government of King County care about. It's also being positioned as a "blueprint for reform." The big question now is how well the plan is actually put into action over this next five years.

After reading this, I now find myself asking myself, could this be a time to get involved with this project? What could I do to help value innovation-wise and technology-wise to get folks working together as one King County? 

Take a look at this... What do you think? And what is your hope for the future? Government can work if folks are will to step up to the plate and do what they can to make things better. Call me and let's connect 1.425.780.6872

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