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I’ve got a Franklin Fellowship to work with the State Dept.

I’m very happy to say that I’ve been granted a Franklin Fellowship to work with the US State Department for the next year. I’ll be working with the eDiplomacy group that is working on providing Web 2.0 platforms for internal use, with the semi-secret aim of nudging State from a need-to-know to a need-to-share culture. (This is not exactly how eDiplomacy explains its charter, but it’s how I understand it.)

Franklin Fellowships were established by the State Department in 2006 in order to bring in people from the private and non-profit sectors. I’m working as a volunteer, with my travel expenses covered in part by a grant from Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList. (Thank you, Craig!) Because I’ll be on-site in DC only a few times a month, I’ll be able to continue as a senior researcher at the Berkman Center. (I’ve also begun doing some work for Harvard Law Library’s digital lab.)

I’ve already spent time with the group. They’re, well, wonderful. They’ve already delivered tools for knowledge sharing (e.g., Diplopedia) and for connecting expertise across every boundary (e.g., The Sounding Board), and they’ve got some very interesting projects in the works. These are dedicated State Dept. employees, some with considerable experience under their belts, who are on fire about the possibilities for making State smarter, more innovative and creative, more responsive, more engaged, and more human, but always within the proper security constraints. Fascinating fascinating.

14 Responses to “I’ve got a Franklin Fellowship to work with the State Dept.”

  1. Congrats David, sounds like a great gig!

  2. Congratulations, brother!!! I’m glad you’ll have a new experience. And send my thanks to Mr. Newmark (I’ve never met him, but did walk past the San Francisco headquarters once, by accident) for partly funding your expenses.

  3. Congratulations and may the ghosts of Karl Mannheim and Joseph Schumpeter guide you on your journey!

  4. Congrats David, couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow!

  5. Hooray for you! Also, hooray for all of us!

  6. cool !

  7. congrats, david!

  8. Oh younger brother—yes, I am related–you do yourself proud! And the rest of us as well. They couldn’t have made a better choice.

  9. Congrats David, good for you, good for State. I read somewhere that you are giving a talk in DC in the near future but it didn’t list date or location. Let me know if it’s true and, if not, maybe we can have coffee when you are down on State assignment.

  10. Congratulations, David. Inspiring and hopeful to read your enthusiasm.

  11. Wow! Congratulations.

  12. Wow, that sounds awesome. Good luck with your not-so-secret mission! (Make sure you wiki-them-up!)

  13. [This is good]

    As said well above, “Hooray for you! Also, hooray for all of us!”

  14. Hello, I also have an opportunity to work as Franklin Fellow but I’m in need of funding do you know of any helpful sources.


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