“Not only do they relate to him, but they want him to succeed!”
…In other words, I had to tell a story and not shy away from what I was: A farm boy taking on the Empire.
The Open Government Tour is the story of a Swiss Chalet waiter who is taking on this big massive thing of a creating a collaborative culture between citizens and government…and people can relate to that. They wish they could do it themselves, but for whatever reason they can’t. So, instead they supported the tour in their own way. I had complete strangers offering me their couches where I could sleep. Organizations like Gov Campus who were kind enough to teach me how to speak to an audience and offer their listeners to bring my story to a larger audience. Technologists were offering their skills. And public servants came out of their shadows wanting to be part of this conversation.
Richard Pietro considers himself as an Open Government Fanboy in an attempt to create Civic Engagement as Art. Richard’s Twitter handle is @richardpietro and you can learn more about his work at MyEinsteinJob.blogspot.ca.