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07/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bearing Witness: The Transformation of American Government

Seems to be that major American history is being written right now in Washington and many state capitols, something that has begun to change our lives, something that's very underreported currently.

People are reinventing government from the bottom up and on the inside. They're a mix of pragmatists, who know how government works, and people who know how technology, particularly social media, can revitalize organizations.  (I tend to view 'em as "wonks" and "nerds.")

This starts with a large scale conversation, where government workers and citizens can tell their leaders what's really going on in the real world, and can discuss how to improve all our lives. Government workers can provide improved public service, believing in the "nobility of public service."

Another perspective: this complements traditional American representative democracy with something new: large-scale, networked grassroots democracy.

Some folks call this Gov2.0, eGovernment, or We.gov. Whatever you call it, it's real.

Personally: I fear I'm still having difficulty articulating this, or its importance, even when working with increasingly large numbers of government workers.

However, they're transforming America, and need to be heard.

I bear witness to that, and will continue to do so.