#digitalgovtip #3: Read these digital government books

#digitalgovtip shares quick advice to inspire, empower and help governments move their digital efforts forward.

Over the years, I’ve read many of the books published on digital government. Here are the ones I recommend — from leadership to IT to communications teams to civic hackers to govtech-focused entrepreneurs — to best understand strategic and cultural aspects of what it means to lead with a digital first approach to public service.

Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having FunFormer Chicago and District of Columbia transportation head Gabe Klein highlights eight lessons leaders should follow when building innovative approaches to better cities, including accepting failure, managing by metrics, budgeting creatively, always believe there’s a way, focus (aggressively) on marketing, branding and communications, cultivate public-private relationships, plan for external disruption and how to address them when they arise.

Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun, Gabe Klein

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New UtopiaAn excellent historical perspective on urban planning as a discipline, the roles and philosophies of its founders, as well as in-depth insight into the new players, from big vendors to civic hackers, emerging to stake a claim in what smart means for the city of the future.

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, Anthony Townsend

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent GovernmentAccessible, big picture take from California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on what’s being done through open data and collaboration and other new technologies that are powering a new wave of government IT.

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, Gavin Newsom, Lisa Dickey

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart GovernanceDiscusses the influence and importance of data in managing more effectives cities.

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, Stephen Goldsmith, Susan Crawford

Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform GovernmentHighlights how the Obama Admnistration baked in technology innovation in the context of Aneesh Chopra’s time as U.S. chief technology officer.

Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government, Aneesh Chopra

Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government

Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming GovernmentPerfect for public sector technology practitioners, especially governments who don’t have the resources to contract with a high-end consulting firm to build out a holistic strategy on their own.

Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government, William D. Eggers

CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices

CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and PracticesAimed specifically at public sector IT leaders and addresses the comprehensive issues related to government technology, including data, governance, security, contracting, cloud, planning, consolidation, performance measurement and more.

CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices, Public Technology Institute

Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation

Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast InnovationDeep-dive into open data’s role in empowering the data-driven economy and the entrepreneurs and ventures behind it, and why governments should increase resources and energy towards it.

Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation, Joel Gurin

Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation

Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic InnovationHolistic take on open data from multiple leaders in the open government movement.

Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, Brett Goldstein, Lauren Dyson

Social Media in the Public Sector: A Guide to Participation, Collaboration and Transparency in The Networked World

Social Media in the Public Sector: A Guide to Participation, Collaboration and Transparency in The Networked WorldAn academic but important understanding of how government is leveraging social media, and why it should embrace it as a crucial means of communicating and engaging residents and citizens.

Social Media in the Public Sector: A Guide to Participation, Collaboration and Transparency in The Networked World, Ines Mergel

The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance

The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and PerformanceRed Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst shares how leaders can be more authentic, talking openly about challenges and addressing them through a system based more on those, internally and externally, who have the most to offer. It’s an inspiring read, one most appropriate for elected officials and public sector leaders.

The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, Jim Whitehurst

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in PracticeOne of the original books that ushered in the open government movement that’s still worthwhile as a foundation for why transparency and open data are fundamental and important.

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice, Daniel Lathrop, Laurel Ruma

The Foundation for an Open Source City

The Foundation for an Open Source CityA practical guide for city leaders engaging with local civic technologists, as well as a blueprint for the latter in creating an organic culture of collaboration.

The Foundation for an Open Source City, Jason Hibbets

How to Talk to Civic Hackers

How to Talk to Civic HackersCurrent 18Fer, former Philadelphia Chief Data Officer and civic hacker icon Mark Headd’s guide to to help government officials best engage with community technologists.

How to Talk to Civic Hackers, Mark Headd

Civic Apps Competition Handbook: A Guide to Planning, Organizing, and Troubleshooting

Civic Apps Competition Handbook: A Guide to Planning, Organizing, and TroubleshootingMuch of the tactical elements of civic apps competitions have evolved since this was published, but still a helpful understanding of the importance and role of this type of program and how governments can encourage and lead on this front.

Civic Apps Competition Handbook: A Guide to Planning, Organizing, and Troubleshooting, Kate Eyler-Werve, Virginia Carlson

By | 2018-01-19T11:11:50+00:00 January 19th, 2018|#digitalgovtip, Books, Digital government, News, Resources|

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Luke Fretwell is co-founder and CEO of ProudCity. Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter and email at [email protected]. Learn more about ProudCity digital government solutions, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and subscribe to our newsletter.