The book “The Open Organization” by Jim Whitehurst inspired me to embrace the idea of openness beyond the legal definition of transparency or simple collaboration, but as a tool for making government work better for people. Whitehurst talks about an “open everything culture” and that it’s not for everyone. To succeed in this culture, you must be passionate about your work, comfortable with ambiguity and someone who thrives with change. Not always what we think of when we think about the typical government bureaucrat. But I think that’s changing!
Whitehurst says “if we have anything valuable, it’s incumbent upon us to share it.” And, who better to embrace this idea than public servants and government.
Here is a presentation from the Code California launch in December 2018: