Is Participation the Future of Governance? Leveraging OGP Commitments as a Tool for Participatory Policy Making

10:30 - 11:50
Room 206, Shaw Centre

How can the open government agenda lead to changes on the ground and enable bottom-up policymaking? A goal of this session is to discover how governments can best utilise opportunities that open data and technology present to increase accountability, gain citizen trust, and implement OGP commitments on the local and individual level. Representatives of local and central governments and civil society will discuss their participatory OGP commitments and other data-and-tech-enabled policymaking projects to exchange learnings, provide feedback and develop a set of recommendations. We will showcase stories of inspiration and failure in participatory policymaking using examples from Scotland, Mexico, Kosovo, Indonesia, and Estonia. The session will explore new approaches to deepening open government reforms to stimulate changes on the ground and to innovating with the methods of governance. Discussants will provide key recommendations for effective participatory policymaking projects that will be compiled in an online toolbox alongside case studies discussed.

Theme: Participation

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Fishbowl

Speakers

Doreen Grove: Head of Open Government, Scottish Government, Scotland, Oscar Montiel: International Community Coordinator, Open Knowledge International, Mexico, Michael Cañares: Senior Research Manager, Digital Citizenship, World Wide Web Foundation, Philippines, Blerta Thaçi: Executive Director, Open Data Kosovo, Kosovo, Pauline Véron: Deputy Mayor of Paris, France, Ernesto Belisario: Open Government Expert, Department for Public Administration, Italy, Ott Karulin: Strategy Unit Adviser, Government Office of Estonia, Estonia

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