Join us tonight for a chat with Richard Boly, Director of eDiplomacy at US State Department


We were very excited to be participating with the Software Association of Oregon on a keynote event which featured Portland native and Director of eDiplomacy at US State Department, Richard Boly, or @beaurichly in Twitter. We were really bummed that a lack of interest forced us yesterday to cancel our scheduled event at the Multnomah Athletic Club, which was supposed to happen today at 5:30 PM.

We were so bummed that the Social Media Club of Portland decided to organize a tweetup to give the local community a rare glimpse into how the US State Department uses social media and collaborative technologies to achieve their mission around the world.

We’ll be hosting an informal tweetup today, September 9th 2010 at Ringlers Pub, 1332 West Burnside Street, around 5:30 PM.

UPDATE: Don’t Confuse Ringler’s Pub at 13th and Burnside with Ringler’s Annex at 12th and Burnside.

Expect an informal event of networking and some interesting conversation about how our foreign relations apparatus uses the latest communications and collaboration tools and techniques. There will be a cash bar and expect the get-together to last till about 7:30 PM.

We also have word that some of the panelists from the original event may will be showing up to chat and provide their perspectives on social media and collaboration in the Government sector:

Deb Bryant, GOSCON Founder & Director, Oregon State University Open Source Lab
Skip Newberry, Economic Development Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor, City of Portland

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how the US Government engages the world online! Stay tuned to our twitter stream for updates, @SocialMediaPDX

From the original SAO Event listing…

Richard Boly is a career U.S. diplomat and currently the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the United States Department of State. Previously, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. He recently served in U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy.

In a prior life, Richard was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, was a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD. (bio)