The Case for Cool: How Young Employees are Infusing Government with Much-Needed Innovation


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Amanda Eamich

Director of New Media


Jack Holt

Sr. Strategist for Emerging Media

Department of Defense

David Rapp

Editor in Chief, Federal Computer Week

1105 Government Information Group

Steve Ressler



Jonathan Rubin

Communications Specialist, Center for New Media & Citizen Engagement


The Case for Cool:  How Young Employees Are Infusing the Government with Much-Needed Innovation


Social media is the backbone of the new brand of government – open, transparent, collaborative – and twentysomething government employees have cut their teeth on these technologies and already embrace a digital lifestyle.  Current government leaders can learn a lot from these next-generation leaders and benefit from their creativity, innovative ideas, and natural inclination toward openness and collaboration.  But younger employees also need to temper their enthusiasm with the wisdom and maturity of their more seasoned colleagues.  This lively, interactive panel will:

  • Bring together young government leaders, who are leading the charge on social media and collaboration, and seasoned workers who see the need for just a little more restraint
  • Examine how the digital lifestyle has blurred the lines between personal and business personas
  • Identify how – and whether - effective use of Web 2.0 and social media increases collaboration, efficiency and productivity
  • Reveal how the next generation of government leaders envisions the workplace of the future