Ask not what government Web sites can do for you…
If, like me, you sometimes wish there was something you could do to help our government (besides vote and pay your taxes), here’s a chance to put your accumulated User Experience skills to good use.
As part of a .gov reform initiative launched this summer by the White House, the GSA is running a two-week online conversation with web experts and the public to generate ideas for re-inventing how the federal government delivers information and services online.
From now until Friday, Sept. 30, head on over to the National Dialogue on Improving Government Websites and add your two cents to the discussion. Bright ideas particularly welcome. No whiners, please.
Also, a number of UX folks have been asked to help move the discussion along, and I’m very pleased to be one of them. In addition to putting in our two cents worth whenever we have a chance, each of us “experts” has an assigned hour to be commenting live. So if you can, swing by on Thursday at 3 pm ET, when Jakob Nielsen and I will be hanging out in the Usability and Design topic.
[Update: The “live” hour is over, but Jakob and I are still reading and commenting every day. (I even added two ideas of my own.) So please drop by and add an idea or comment and vote on everyone else’s.]