Armageddon is upon us, and it isn’t even 2012 yet. Based upon his observations from the tweet stream and the blogosphere coming out of the Gov 2.0 Camp LA, Andrea DiMaio has posted on his Gartner blog that he feels we are at the peak of the hype for Gov 2.0 and that things will only trail off from here.
Though I understand his perspective and potentially agree that we are at the end of the hype and beginning of the real work, much of the surrounding discussion reminds me of my kids on a road trip constantly asking if we are there yet. It is an irrelevant question as we will get there when we get there.
With Gov 2.0, the simple question is that if we are at the end of the hype cycle, does it really matter? Gov 2.0 is simply a label with an association to technology that is actually an organizational and cultural shift. If we change it to Gov 3.0, or Citizen 3.0, or iGov, does the hype cycle start over and does it really matter? From my perspective, no probably not. Organizational and cultural shifts take time, effort, resources, and work to be successful – not hype.
I have posted my general impressions about Gov 2.0 Camp LA previously and will be posting on the future of Gov 2.0 in the near future, but I am very curious about what you think. Are we at the end of the hype? And does it really matter?