Our Nation’s Capital is well known for iconic federal buildings, historic monuments and impressive museums. However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area. Here are ten unique spots and activities to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.
Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year. Specifically, policymakers have shown a dramatic increase in their use of Twitter, Facebook and mobile technology which underscores the importance of social media and the Internet in educating policymakers and galvanizing them to support a policy issue.
Over the past couple weeks, the White House has been all about Twitter. The most recent activity of note is that the president himself is beginning to tweet. Last week the White House announced plans to host an inaugural Twitter Townhall on July 6, 2011 moderated by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
Edelman’s Public Affairs & StrategyOne teams interviewed senior legislative staffers around the globe in several capital cities including Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris and Washington to determine the role and influence of various communications channels both online and off.
Since his departure from the White House in January 2009, much has been said and written about President George W. Bush’s personal choice to quietly step out of the national spotlight thus making way for his Oval Office successor. Tomorrow, November 9, 2010, President Bush breaks his silence with the official release of his new book, Decision Points. In it, he takes a self-described “untraditional approach” to writing his life’s memoir by providing a unique perspective of his presidency and focusing on the most demanding part of the job… making decisions.
There’s no question that the increased adoption of open source backend solutions in the private sector, and now in government, represents yet another evolutionary step in the rapid growth of the Internet. As these tools become more prevalent, users will be able to better connect and collaborate on shared platforms which only improves the potential for digital public engagement in shaping our democracy.