Davied in English
Born in 1972, Davied van Berlo first came into contact with the world wide web in 1995 while studying history at the University of Leiden. Since then he has been fascinated by the changes in society as a result of internet, especially with the possibilities of web 2.0. As he was interested in working for the community he joined the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (later the ministry of Economic Affairs) in 1999, focusing on improving collaboration and knowledge sharing using internet technology.
Together with a group of colleagues he initiated a research project into the effects of web 2.0 on the ministry. After setting up a blog and a networking site under the name of Civil Servant 2.0 the initiative has grown to encompass thousands of civil servants from all over the Netherlands and Belgium. His conviction is that to improve government we have to empower civil servants and to prepare them for the networking world of tomorrow. To this effect he has written a number of books and founded the Ambtenaar 2.0 Foundation and Network. He is also founder of Pleio (Government Square), the Dutch government collaboration platform. More information
Davied lives in the city of Leiden in the Netherlands and is married. He currently works as a strategist at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency focusing on organisational development. He continues to write for a number of online magazines and give speeches on Civil Servant 2.0 for governmental organizations and at schools and universities. In 2009 he was elected as Information Professional of the year and in 2010 as second most influential person in Dutch local government. Pleio won a gold medal in the Intranet Innovation Awards of 2012.
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About Civil Servant 2.0
Civil Servant 2.0 was a Dutch platform and network for civil servants and civilians to discuss the effect that web 2.0 and the network society has on government and the public sector and to support initiatives and experiments to improve the work of the Dutch government.
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